• FunBox UHD will be broadcast on the 4K content distribution platform that HISPASAT manages together with Media Broadcast Satellite.
• The channel will broadcast with EMEA coverage from the H30W-5 satellite for an initial period of 5 years.
MADRID, 22 January 2019. HISPASAT, the Spanish telecommunications satellite operator, together with the telecommunications services provider Media Broadcast Satellite have reached an agreement on a deal with an initial duration of five years to distribute one of Europe’s most important Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) channels, FunBox UHD, in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EMEA). The channel, which belongs to the content provider SPI International, is a thematic channel about nature, travel and adventure, art music, culture and lifestyle. Its content allows viewers to explore breath-taking places, witness important cultural events and watch ultra-high-resolution films thanks to the 4K technology, which reveals all the images’ nuances and details.
The broadcast combines Media Broadcast Satellite’s teleport capacities in Usingen (Germany) with HISPASAT’s high-power 30W-5 satellite (H30W-5), with extensive coverage throughout the region specifically designed to distribute top-tier multimedia contents. This broadcast platform aims to become the most efficient and flexible medium for 4K channels to be distributed in Europe and North Africa thanks to HISPASAT’s satellites in this region. Furthermore, this channel can be received in several cable-TV operator platforms in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, among others.
HISPASAT has supported the development and implementation of Ultra-High-Definition technology in order to make it available as soon as possible for cinema and television viewers. The company was the first satellite operator to make an Ultra-High-Definition broadcast in Latin America through the HISPASAT 30W-3 satellite. Since September 2013, the company has provided open-access broadcast of the HISPASAT 4K channel in Europe, made available to the industry to encourage the use of this technology.
Ultra-High-Definition TV quadruples the number of pixels compared with the traditional high-definition screen. The resolution is thus four times greater than conventional HD and it provides a much clearer image.
About Media Broadcast Satellite
Media Broadcast Satellite, operator of one of the world’s largest teleports, has successfully been implementing and operating communication solutions for globally active customers since the 1970’s. Through its own teleport in Usingen near Frankfurt, Media Broadcast Satellite offers tailor-made solutions for the areas of broadcast, data, teleport and data centres. Satellites between 76° East and 60° West can be reached through more than 135 antennas in the Ku-, Ka- and C-Band. To ensure a maximum of security and stability of our solutions, Media Broadcast Satellite operates a NOC manned 24 hours per day on 365 days of the year and a fully redundant RF, IT and power supply infrastructure. The high-quality standard of the services “Made in Usingen/Germany” is underlined by relevant ISO certifications as well as by an own engineering team supporting the customers in all stages of transmission, distribution and service management. Media Broadcast Satellite’s range of services includes both, standard communication services and complete managed service solutions for DTH platforms (SD/HD), data networks and teleport co-location/gateways.
Further information is available at www.mb-satellite.com.
About SPI International
SPI International is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. SPI uses the latest technology providing subscribers access to SPI’s linear and on demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. https://spiintl.com
HISPASAT is comprised of companies that have a presence in Spain as well as in Latin America, where its Brazilian affiliate HISPAMAR is based. HISPASAT is a world leader in the distribution and broadcasting of Spanish and Portuguese audiovisual content, and its satellite fleet is used by important direct-to-home television (DTH) and high-definition television (HDTV) digital platforms. HISPASAT also provides satellite broadband and connectivity services which include Internet access, mobility and the extension of mobile networks, in addition to other added value solutions to governments, corporations and telecommunication operators in America, Europe and North Africa. HISPASAT is one of the world’s largest companies in its sector in terms of revenue, and the main communications bridge between Europe and the Americas.
SPI International reveals a new business partnership with international communications company, Ooredoo. SPI’s FilmBox LiveApp will now be available on Ooredoo Oman’s TV set top box service.
“The subscription agreement with Ooredoo TV and SPI International’s FilmBox Live App delivers a broad range of on-demand content to viewers. We look forward to continuing to expand our programs to Ooredoo TV and their audience” mentioned Mr. Guney Yasavur, Chief Operating Officer at SPI International.
Mr.Guney Yasavur Chief Operating Officer at SPI International
SPI International’s FilmBox Live App is known for reaching a wide audience and providing a great variety of content for the whole family. Ooredoo Oman TV subscribers, can easily find and watch FilmBox Live programs 24/7.
“We are happy to ink this deal with Ooredoo TV, an important digital player in the region. This is the beginning of a long term partnership. This partnership allows for our content to reach new audiences in the region.’’
said Mr. Murat Muratoğlu, Head of Distribution for Ex-Yugo, Baltics, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, APAC, CIS, MENA at SPI International.
Ooredoo TV features home-based, plug-and-play entertainment. They are the first telecom company within the MENA region to offer this exciting viewing experience in which customer scan easily sign up at any Ooredoo store and start enjoying value-packed first-class streaming of films, TV series and more from around the world.
Feras bin Abdullah Al Shaikh, Director of Consumer Sales at Ooredoo said: “We want our customers to enjoy the internet and all of its possibilities. With Ooredoo TV, users can experience video on demand at the click of a button. Today, customers are increasingly moving away from traditional TV watching habits of following a set schedule for catching their favorite series and soaps, to the flexibility of online and on-demand streaming; and that is exactly what Ooredoo TV offers.”
About Ooredoo Oman
Omani Qatari Telecommunications Company SAOG (“Ooredoo”) was founded and registered in the Sultanate of Oman in December 2004. It launched its service in March 2005 as the challenger mobile operator in Oman, originally operating under the name Nawras. The Company was awarded the second fixed licence in Oman in 2009, and launched its international gateway in April 2010, its corporate fixed and broadband services in May 2010, and its residential fixed and broadband services in June 2010. Since 2010, Ooredoo has been an integrated services telecommunications operator and is currently serving over 3 million customers across the Sultanate. Following a successful IPO on 1 November 2010, Ooredoo is listed on the Muscat Stock Market (MSM) under the “ORDS” ticker. Ooredoo is majority owned by Ooredoo Q.S.C. and also has a number of significant Omani shareholders which ensures that the company is strongly integrated into the Omani society. Ooredoo has won a number of awards including Best Telecommunications Company at the Arab Achievement Awards 2016, International Finance Magazine’s Most Customer Friendly Telecommunications Provider 2017, Best Digital Experience at the Customer Experience Management in Telecoms awards 2017, Best Network Operator at the Telecoms World Middle East Awards 2018 and a Gold Stevie Award for Women in Business CSR for their women’s incubator programme.
MY-HD-Pay TV platform in the MENA region will carry SPI International’s most popular channels for another three years thanks to the successful partnership between the companies.
“SPI International and MY-HD have been working together for three years and it is my pleasure to announce that we have renewed our channel distribution partnership in the MENA region until 2022.” said Mr. Murat Muratoğlu, Head of Distribution for Ex-Yugo, Baltics, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, APAC, CIS, MENA at SPI International.
Subscribers to My-HD-Pay TV services will continue to enjoy varied programs from channels provided by SPI International. They will have access to diverse content ranging from Hollywood films to live video game tournaments to action packed extreme sports and award-winning documentaries.
Karam Hamad, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of My-HD says “This great partnership with SPI International has proven itself beneficial to My-HD subscribers. It is a privilege to have FilmBox, DocuBox, Fast&FunBox, FightBox and Gametoon on the My-HD platform. We are confident that the evolving programming of the channels will reward our multi-cultural viewers across the Middle East and North Africa with an even better Pay TV viewing experience.”
About SPI International
SPI International/FilmBox is a global media company operating 36 television channels on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship channel, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native UltraHD content in the world. Working with over 1400 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 55 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers.
For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. www.spiintl.com
SPI / FilmBox Hungary and Antenna Hungária decided to extend their long-term cooperation contract. The two companies have been working together since 2014. Due to the successful collaboration, the firms have signed for two more years FilmBox Basic and FilmBox Premium will be available until 30 September 2020 in MinDig TV Extra subscription packages of Antenna Hungária. In addition, internet-based service, FilmBox Live, is also reachable at the service provider.
‘Our partnership with Antenna Hungária has proven successful which is why after a common agreement; we decided to continue with it. We are delighted to know that we are able to provide interesting channels and programming offers to our viewers in this platform even in the future’, commented Tamás Fülöp, Managing Director of SPI/FilmBox for Central and Eastern Europe.
FilmBox is operated by SPI International, which has been a key player in the independent film market for nearly twenty years. SPI International operates thirty-five channels in six continents and currently, six channels are available in Hungary. FilmBox and FilmBox Plus channels are in the basic packages, while FilmBox Extra HD, FilmBox Premium, FilmBox Plus, and FilmBox Family are accessible in pay-tv concept. Each channel has its own program offering and viewers can enjoy a variety of content all day without commercial breaks.
The two most well known digital television services of Antenna Hungária are MinDig TV and MinDig TV Extra. MinDig TV provides 12 free-of-charge channels, some of them in HD quality, without the need for subscription, loyalty agreement or making any contracts. MinDigTV Extra, with an excellent price-performance ratio, also offers thematic packages apart from the Basic and Family ones.
AH launched its new brand, OTT (Over-The-Top), in the autumn of 2017, the first element of which was mindiGO TV, available with MinDig TV Extra subscription, providing 43 channels and the possibility of multi-screen viewing. The sport-related content service mindiGO Sport was also released which is accessible on several platforms with a broadband Internet connection, providing linear and non-linear media services. Outside of the 12 channels and the non-linear services, mindiGO Sport provides contents with special functions, news, daily video reports; and its feature, ’second screen’, ensures additional information and probability of making comments.