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SPI/FilmBox and ZAP Partner to Bring FilmBox Arthouse and More to Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde

SPI/FilmBox and ZAP announce that they have signed in 2021 their first distribution deal. The deal renders several products from SPI’s portfolio available to ZAP subscribers in Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde

SPI International continues to expand its footprint across Africa with multiple deals with major operators within the region. The company announces that they have inked their most recent deal with the digital satellite television provider ZAP for Gametoon360 TuneBoxFashionBoxFightBoxFilmBox Arthouse and Fast&FunBox. Viewers in Angola and Mozambique will be able to access these channels via ZAP’s offer.
 
“We are delighted to build on our presence in the African continent and especially happy to start this partnership with ZAP, the leading operator in Angola and Mozambique. We are excited to see such positive reactions to our channels from the African audience and strongly believe that SPI’s new additions will enrich the ZAP channel offering and engage with audiences who enjoy gaming, music, lifestyle, adrenaline sports, MMA and classical films,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International.
 
The channels included in the deal are: SPI’s well-curated arthouse movie channel FilmBox Arthouse, which brings world cinema classics from iconic directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini and many others to cinema lovers. Gametoon which is dedicated to gaming content created by true gaming and esports enthusiasts; FightBox broadcasts some of the most electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world; Fast&FunBox offers action-packed programming dedicated to adrenaline sports; FashionBox provides highly entertaining content on fashion trends and all things style, and 360 TuneBox presents new music every week with today’s emerging artists.
 
"This partnership with SPI reinforces the commitment that ZAP has with our subscribers, to offer the best content in the world. We’re convinced that SPI channels can help in this matter. The contents quality, originality and irreverence of the channels make this partnership an important step for ZAP to continue offering innovative and revolutionary channels in the market,” said José Carlos Lourenço, CEO at ZAP.
 
 
About SPI International
 
SPI International/FilmBox is a global media company operating a diverse portfolio of 42 television channels and digital services on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship movie service, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 90 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox service on any internet-connected device via major global streaming players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear offers and an on-demand service. 
 
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.
 
About ZAP
 
ZAP is a company that provides satellite television to Angola and Mozambique, holding a leading position with the distribution of a large variety of Portuguese speaking channels. In Angola, ZAP is the largest satellite TV operator and the only Dual Play Optic Fiber service provider offering Television with the most advanced features such as Restart TV, Timewarp, Video Club amongst other prominent features as well as the fastest internet on the market.  In the Mozambican market, with an environment filled with strong competitors, ZAP persistent and consistently positions itself as the market´s leader in providing content and channels in Portuguese ensuring its gradual and steady growth in terms of market share.

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SPI/FilmBox
melodi.simson@spiintl.com

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SPI/FilmBox’s Filmstream Starts Streaming in India with Samsung TV Plus

SPI/FilmBox announced that their new digital ad-based Filmstream will be available in India on Samsung Electronics’ video service, Samsung TV Plus, starting March 30th 2021

SPI/FilmBox continues to expand the global reach of their ad-based digital product Filmstream in new territories through key alliances with industry leaders. Filmstream, which offers a wide range of independent and classic movies, will be available in India starting March 30th 2021 with the launch of Samsung Electronics’ free Smart TV video service, Samsung TV Plus, in the region.

“We are thrilled to witness the increasing demand for our cutting-edge product Filmstream, designed specifically for those who appreciate the art of cinema,” commented Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe and Africa at SPI International. “We are excited to bring the specially-curated selection of Filmstream to more territories with Samsung TV Plus, the premium at-home destination for Samsung Smart TV users,” added Twiss.  

Samsung had announced their plans to roll out Samsung TV Plus in India along with several other European markets, late last year. Starting March 2021, viewers in India will be able to watch Filmstream via Samsung TV Plus which comes pre-installed on Samsung Smart TVs dating back to 2017 and offers ad-supported content spanning news, sports, entertainment, movies and more. Filmstream will also launch on Samsung Galaxy smartphones later in April 2021.

Filmstream’s current catalogue includes independent world cinema gems and classic movies from iconic directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini and many others. Filmstream plans to expand its line-up with Hollywood blockbusters and popular hits in the future.

SPI’s Filmstream is currently available on Samsung TV Plus in the UK and Australia with more launches coming soon.

 

About SPI International

SPI International/FilmBox is a global media company operating a diverse portfolio of 42 television channels and digital services on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship movie service, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 90 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox service on any internet-connected device via major global streaming players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear offers and an on-demand service. 

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.

 

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SPI International Affiliate Kino Polska TV S.A. Brings Dizi to Poland

SPI affiliate Kino Polska TV S.A announces the launch of Dizi in Poland. Starting in April 2021, Dizi will be included in the offers of Vectra and Multimedia Polska networks

SPI International affiliate Kino Polska TV S.A. is proud to announce the launch of Dizi in Poland. Starting in April 2021, Dizi which broadcasts some of the most popular and award-winning Turkish series, will be available on Vectra and Multimedia Polska in the Gold Package and the MaxBox Package, respectively. Dizi will ultimately be available through other operators in the region.

Launched in April 2019, Dizi currently reaches 25 million households worldwide in 81 countries rapidly growing its presence globally. The brand-new Polish feed of Dizi is tailored to the preferences of the Polish viewers and the schedule will initially include International Emmy Award nominated series Black Money Love and 20 Minutes among other record-breaking hit series like Ezel, Karadayi, Kurt Seyit & Shura, Red Scarf and Moms and Mothers. Dizi will broadcast critically-acclaimed Turkish series 24 hours a day, seven days a week in HD with high-quality Polish voiceover.  

“We are excited to launch Dizi in Poland, which will delight quality drama fans in the country with its specially-curated programming that features some of Turkey’s most popular and critically-acclaimed productions,” commented Berk Uziyel, CEO at SPI International.

Dizi is the essence of everything that is best in Turkish series and our response to the phenomenon of production from the Bosphorus in Poland. Dizi will broadcast only carefully selected titles that are very popular among viewers around the world and are taking new markets by storm. Today, Turkey is a series empire, and we--due to the pedigree of our majority shareholder SPI International--have access to the best Turkish content. We intend to use this to build the market position of Dizi in Poland,” says Bogusław Kisielewski, President of Kino Polska TV S.A.

“We carefully analyze the preferences of our customers in order to best match the offer to their needs and preferences. We know how popular Turkish series are in Poland. The phenomenon of these productions could not escape our attention. We are glad that on April 1, we will be the first to offer our clients access to Dizi and its rich collection of Turkish hits,” comments Małgorzata Wojtaszko, Head of Content at the Vectra Group.

Vectra and Multimedia Polska is the first step in building the Dizi distribution in Poland. We also talk to other operators, because we want the channel to reach as many households in the country as possible. Dizi is a unique product, the only one entirely filled with Turkish premium content, so we are convinced that it will be very popular with Polish viewers,” says Jacek Koskowski, General Director Sales & Distribution Poland at Kino Polska TV SA.

 

About SPI International

SPI International/FilmBox is a global media company operating a diverse portfolio of 42 television channels and digital services on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship movie service, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 90 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox service on any internet-connected device via major global streaming players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear offers and an on-demand service. 

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.

 

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SPI International’s FunBox UHD Launches on Pyur in Germany

SPI/FilmBox and Pyur have signed a distribution deal for SPI’s FunBox UHD making both the linear channel and, in the future, FunBox UHD on-demand content available on Pyur’s services in Germany

SPI/FilmBox continues to expand its footprint across Western Europe with key partnerships in the region. The global media company has struck a deal with Pyur, one of Germany’s leading fibre network operators, for FunBox UHD. The deal will render FunBox UHD available to all Pyur Advance TV Subscribers at no additional costs.

“We are excited to start our partnership with Pyur via one of our most coveted products worldwide. FunBox UHD’s visually-groundbreaking programming presented with 50% German audio for the first time through Pyur’s services, will take the viewers on an immersive virtual journey around the globe and more,” commented Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe and Africa at SPI International.

FunBox UHD presents 100% premium native UHD programming dedicated to entertainment and lifestyle acquired from top producers and distributors around the globe.  

“With FunBox UHD, we are providing our customers with another channel in UHD quality, further pursuing our goal of offering Pyur customers new and varied content on our network,” said Stefan Riedel, Chief Consumer Officer at Tele Columbus AG.

About SPI International

SPI International/FilmBox is a global media company operating a diverse portfolio of 42 linear channels and digital services on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship movie service, SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 90 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox service on any internet-connected device via major global streaming players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear offers and an on-demand service. 

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.

About Pyur

Tele Columbus AG is one of Germany’s leading fibre network operators, which reaches more than three million homes. Through its brand Pyur, the Company offers high-speed internet including telephony and more than 250 TV channels on a digital entertainment platform that combines linear TV with video on demand entertainment. To its housing association partners the Tele Columbus Group offers tailored models of cooperation and state-of-the-art services such as telemetric and tenant portals. As a full-service partner for municipalities and regional utilities, the Company is actively supporting the fibre-based infrastructure and broadband internet expansion in Germany. For its business customers, the Group offers carrier services and corporate solutions on its proprietary fibre network. Besides its headquarter in Berlin, the Company has locations in Hamburg, Leipzig, Ratingen and Unterfoehring. Since January 2015, Tele Columbus AG is listed on the regulated market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock exchange.

For more information please contact:
SPI/FilmBox
melodi.simson@spiintl.com

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