SPI International extends its Channel offerings to 1st Tier Operators in Africa New distribution agreement with South African networks strengthens the position of SPI’s channel portfolio
SPI International continues to expand distribution of its channels in South Africa. Telkom, the wireless telecommunications provider, as well as Vodacom, a mobile communications company, will now have full access to SPI’s unique channels for their growing number of TV subscribers. The agreement includes all of the channels from the current SPI portfolio: FilmBox Africa, FilmBox ArtHouse, DocuBox, FightBox, Fast & Fun, FashionBox, 360TuneBox, and Gametoon.
SPI makes it possible for anyone, anywhere in the world to view high quality content on their local television provider. Starting November 1, 2018, the IPTV OTT platform for mobile devices TV2GO will be operated by CAST-TV/Infinivy SA and will allow its programming to be easily accessible on any mobile device.
“To meet growing demand for TV consumption on mobile devices in Africa we wanted to ensure that Telkom and Vodacom mobile subscribers have access to SPI’s premium content via CAST TV/Infinivy platform in South Africa. We are excited to work with CAST TV/Infinivy and I am sure that South Africa will only be the start of our cooperation” says SPI International’s Amit Karni, Head of Distribution, Africa.
“Adding SPI’s channels to our TV2GO platform with its diverse genres and program offerings, allows us to boost our entertainment content lineup in order to meet the demands of our viewers”, says Yaron Chen, CEO of Infinivy.
SPI will be attending this year’s DISCOP in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 14th–16th. Amit Karni, Head of Distribution Africa for SPI, will be participating on a panel during the market titled ‘United World of Animation’ on Wednesday, November 14th at 11:00 am, talking in more detail about the SPI gaming channel Gametoon, its continuous evolution and why it successfully resonates with the gaming community.
SPI is extending their distribution agreement with Cable & Wireless (Seychelles) Ltd to include the distribution of Fashionbox HD and Docubox HD channels to in-suite hotel viewing in the popular resort islands of the Seychelles. The two channels are part of the eight SPI International Channels carried by major TV providers, Smart TV platforms and OTT services across Africa.
The agreement with CWS includes DocuBox boasting over 100 hours of unforgettable, fascinating, documentary features and TV programming exploring the mysteries and beauty of our planet. FashionBox HD is the one-stop shop for all things style featuring inspirational, educational and highly entertaining content on shopping, lifestyle and new fashion trends.
“We are excited to make FashionBox HD and DocuBox HD part of an unforgettable holiday experience should vacationers in the Seychelles choose to watch our channels in their hotel room,” said Amit Karni, Head of Sales Africa for SPI International. “The face of the Seychelles' accommodation scene is rapidly changing as new and renovated establishments are coming online. SPI is glad to continue and expand its partnership with Cable & Wireless Seychelles, the first quad-play provider on the islands and a truly Seychellois company,” Mr. Karni added.
SPI will be attending this year’s DISCOP in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 14th–16th.
SPI extends their channel distribution in Spain with the launch of Fast&FunBox HD on Orange TV in Spain. From November 1st, SPI will bring action-packed sports and fast-paced entertainment in HD quality to Orange sports fans. This multi-discipline channel offers 400 new hours every year of adrenaline filled car racing, skydiving, sailing and much, much more.
"Following the successful launch of the Orange sports pack over the summer, we are excited to be adding even more value to the sports proposition with this high energy channel. The Spanish market is a key TV market and I am pleased to have begun this great partnership with Orange," commented Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa.
Orange TV's Spain Head of Marketing, Eva Baltes says, "Fast&FunBox HD is a unique solution for adrenaline lovers, offering the perfect medley of extreme sports and we think it's a great fit for the Spanish market."
Panel Discussion brings together major players to discuss the advancements in the video industry
SPI International’s CEO, Berk Uziyel, participated in this year’s Asia Video Summit in which the future of the evolving digital video industry was discussed. SPI’s objectives for the new wave of digital video is to encompass a 360° screen video entertainment for a more advanced and interactive experience on all VoD TV platforms to create an engaging community with live events.
“The success of media companies relies on relevance and hybrid services which is why SPI strongly postulates that the coexistence of OTT and linear TV will be the future. Linear TV streaming will become diversified but it is crucial to have engaging content available on all screens to stay relevant,“ said Berk Uziyel, SPI International's CEO at the Hong Kong event.
In order to further pursue their vision, SPI recently launched Timeless Drama Channel (devoted to Turkish TV series) that had a positive reaction during its premiere at MIPCOM 2018. SPI International continues to incorporate values that focus on their philosophy of offering the best content experience for all of their viewers, partners and operators on all screens and platforms.
The Asia Video Summit in Hong Kong presented the opportunity to discuss innovative and creative ideas to enhance the modern video industry. Mr. Uziyel met with the Senior Vice President of Digital Development Global Markets and Operations for BBC Studios, Shad Hashmi, as well as Tony Zameczkowski who is the Vice President of Business Development Asia for Netflix.
This remarkable panel discussion between Netflix and BBC surrounded the topic about the future of Digital Video - the opportunities and the challenges, the disruption and the consolidation, the success stories and the ability to embrace change.