Eight channels from SPI are being launched by Türksat/Kablo TV, the largest cable operator in Turkey.
The channel line-up picked up by Türksat includes: FUNBOX UHD (an entertainment channel in Ultra HD), FilmBox Turkey and FilmBox Art House (movie channels), FightBox and Fast&FunBox (sports channels), DocuBox (a documentary channel), 360 TuneBox (a music channel) and Gametoon (an interactive gaming channel). All channels are currently being localized in Turkish.
‘’We are very excited about the launch of our channels on Türksat/Kablo TV, the country’s largest cable operator. SPI’s presence and distribution in Turkey will be growing rapidly with its channels being localized to Turkish,” said Mr. Murat Muratoglu, SPI's Sales Director for Turkey and the Middle East.
In addition to the linear channels Türksat/Kablo TV also offers its customers access to FilmBox Live, a multi screen VoD service which features live-streaming channels and a huge VoD library.
SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group and Ethnic Channels Group (ECG) have agreed on a distribution deal which appoints ECG as an exclusive agent for the SPI's thematic and international channels in Canada.
ECG, a television broadcasting, distribution and communications company, will solicit new distribution deals for multiple channels from the SPI’s worldwide portfolio: FUNBOX UHD, FightBox HD, DocuBox HD, FashionBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, FilmBox Art House, 360 Tune Box and Gametoon. ECG will also sell two ethnic channel bundles: the Russian-language pack comprised of FilmBox Art House, DocuBox, FightBox, Fast&FunBox and Gametoon as well as the Polish-language pack featuring the leading Polish film channel Kino Polska, Kino Polska Muzyka along with FilmBox Art House, DocuBox, Gametoon, FightBox and Fast&FunBox channels subtitled or dubbed in Polish.
“We are excited to partner with ECG to distribute our channels in Canada and to provide diverse types of programming to both ethnic and general audiences,” says Stacey Sobel, executive VP for SPI International. “Our line-up for Canada begins with FUNBOX UHD, a general entertainment channel with premium Ultra HD content that allows viewers to experience more nuance and detail, faster frame rates, exceptional contrast dynamics and extended colors. Our worldwide channels FightBox HD, DocuBox HD, FashionBox HD, Fast&FunBox, 360 TuneBox and Gametoon have a general appeal to most viewers as they offer mainstream level interest. FilmBox Art House should generate interest among film aficionados who wish to have access to independent and arthouse films that are not easily accessible via main outlets in Canada. The two Kino Polska channels cater to a particular ethnic group,” Ms. Sobel concludes.
“Canadians are always looking for new and compelling television choices, and ECG is proud to be partnering with SPI to bring new television channels to Canada for the first time ever, including the new FUNBOX state-of-the-art 24/7 channel delivering the ultimate 4K/Ultra HD experience,” said Slava Levin, CEO for ECG. “These top quality channels will appeal to people across Canada looking for movies, documentaries, adventure, sports, children’s shows, fashion, nature, wildlife and much more.”
SPI channels are carried by numerous DTH platforms, cable networks, IPTVs, mobile TVs and Smart TVs in Europe, Asia, the U.S., Africa as well as Australia.
SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group has launched FUNBOX UHD channel on Qatar’s Ooredoo tv.
FUNBOX UHD is a global general entertainment channel broadcast in UHD quality. It features compelling primetime programming such as La Boheme – a cinematic opera captured in UHD and The Sea Chef – a documentary series hosted by Ángel León, the two-Michelin starred chef who searches for authentic sea flavors across the coast of Spain. FUNBOX UHD also airs native Ultra HD documentaries on nature, wildlife, society, music videos, sports, arts and culture and more.
With FUNBOX UHD on Ooredoo tv, viewers can enjoy breathtaking visual content, more detail, contrast dynamics and extended colors.
The FUNBOX UHD channel is available to all subscribers of Ooredoo tv, including ‘Essentials’ subscribers, as the company continues to offer leading international and local content to its customers.
“We are glad to bring the Ultra HD channel to viewers in Qatar," says Murat Muratoglu, SPI’s head of distribution for the Middle East. “It is important for us to expand our UHD distribution footprint into new markets such as Qatar following our recent launches in Romania, Portugal, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Turkey," Mr. Muratoglu added.
SPI International / FILMBOX Channels Group and UPC DTH have extended their collaboration in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary to provide UPC Direct and freeSAT customers with a new application, FilmBox Live. This new online service will be part of the FilmBox Pack which is available on both platforms.
As part of the on-going commitment to enhance the product value proposition for subscribers, FilmBox Live will be added to the current FilmBox Pack. This unique product will allow FilmBox Pack subscribers to watch live-streaming channels and enjoy the FilmBox VOD library with unlimited access to the Filmbox Live multiscreen on-demand service.
In addition to Hollywood blockbusters, award-winning films and TV series, FilmBox Live features documentaries, sports programming as well as fashion and music videos. Among the newly acquired series included in the FilmBox Live library are BBC’s six-part adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, as well as BBC’s Wolf Hall, a historical drama chronicling the rise of Thomas Cromwell. FilmBox Live will also present 13 episodes of Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands, the British epic fantasy drama television series.
The service gives access to a number of live channels including FilmBox movie channels as well as international thematic channels: FightBox HD - for martial arts lovers, DocuBox HD - the documentary channel, Fast&FunBox HD - dedicated to extreme/adventure sports, FashionBox HD - featuring fashion content, FilmBox Art House an independent, art house movie channel and 360TuneBox for music fans.
“The growth in FilmBox Pack subscribers has been in double digits over the past year. We are very excited to extend our existing FilmBox Pack on UPC Direct and freeSAT. This full viewing experience will be all-inclusive, ad-free, PREMIUM TV and multiscreen entertainment. It will allow subscribers to enjoy an extensive library of top quality and diverse programming content anywhere they want – with a single subscription,” explains Berk Uziyel, executive director for SPI International/FILMBOX Channels Group. “FilmBox Live is now one of the leading VOD platforms in the region featuring not only movies on-demand but also non-stop, unlimited access to several live-streaming channels,” Mr. Uziyel adds.
“We are pleased to extend our offer with the online experience of FilmBox Live to UPC Direct customers in Hungary and freeSAT customers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This will further enhance our multiscreen services providing our customers with more movies and thematic content,” said Jim Helfgott, VP Marketing & Sales for UPC DTH.
FilmBox Live VoD service will also be available to other UPC DTH/freeSAT customers who will benefit from a free one-month trial thanks to their new subscription. Filmbox Live will be lauched on UPC platforms in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia on November 23rd, 2016.