SPI and Alchimie have signed an agreement to increase the carriage of the SPI channels FightBox, DocuBox, FilmBox Art House and FashionBox across two new territories – Belgium and Spain from October and December respectively. This agreement allows the linear channels to be accessed on the OTT platform Watch it which is accessible to watch on any device such as mobile, tablets, computers and Smart TV sets.
Two dynamic digital businesses come together to deliver the finest combat sports from around the globe, a collection of captivating documentaries and TV programs, classic movies from the world’s most well-known directors as well as a channel dedicated to all things style and fashion.
Alchimie is a content aggregation and dynamic digital distribution company that has evolved the world of multimedia entertainment for the past twelve years with its editorially themes, distributes and promotes subscription channels to a range of digital platforms including its app Watch It. Its expertise in content distribution and monetization drives revenue for rights holders through successfully introducing their content to new audiences.
“Our subscribers in France, Germany and Australia have thoroughly enjoyed watching SPI’s channels and content on Watch It, and we’re delighted to extend our agreement both in terms of channels and territories, and we are sure our existing audiences and our new audiences in Spain and Belgium will respond equally enthusiastically,” said Frederic Rossignol, Chief Content Officer.
SPI International/Filmbox is a global media company operating more than 30 television channels on five continents. SPI 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.
“We are delighted to be extending our existing partnership with Alchimie in order to bring our content to a millions of digital viewers to enjoy,” mentions Georgina Twiss, Managing Director Southern & Western Europe and Africa at SPI International, “looking forward to continue to work closely together in the future."
About Alchimie – Dynamic Digital Distribution
Alchimie has changed the world of multimedia entertainment with its expertise in content distribution and monetization. Alchimie helps content creators and producers earn a fair remuneration through the distribution of their content on all digital channels, by subscription. Whether TV programs, video or games, Alchimie provides and enables access to the most important distribution platforms (Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung, Telecom Operators, etc.). The service offers tools and access to Alchimie’s marketing support allowing content to gain high visibility and be transformed into gold subscriptions. Alchimie has offices in France, Germany and Australia, and operates in more than 10 countries, covering the main geographical areas. It collaborates with more than 200+ rights owners and manage around €70 million transactions every year. Alchimie’s range of channels across different platforms attract up to 20 million unique visitors each month. www.alchimie.com
Wide range of content via new channels will offer viewers even more film experiences.
Prague, September24, 2018 – SPI/FilmBox International and Czech operator Digi TV decided to extend their long-term cooperation contract. As part of a recently signed agreement, the channels being offered by this operator will be further enhanced with four more channels from the FilmBox portfolio.
New channels will be available via classic DTH satellite broadcasting and also on the Digi2Go Internet television. The new additions are FilmBox Extra HD, FilmBox Family, DocuBox, and FightBox channels. Together with already available channels FilmBox,FilmBox Plus and FilmBox Premium HD, Digi TV will now offer seven SPI/FilmBox channels.
“Our partnership with Digi TV has proven successful, so after a common agreement, we decided to continue with it. We are delighted to be able to provide interesting channels and programming offer to our viewers in this platform even in the future. After our success with 3 channels now we are adding 4 more channels. SPI is becoming a one stop shop strategic partner for operators to deliver more value to subscribers,” commented Tamas Fulop, CE Regional Director of Operation for SPI International.
The audience really has something to look forward to with the upcoming fall; FilmBox channels will introduce the latest television series Knightfall and Hard Sun, among others. The Former is an American historical-mystical series about an occult brotherhood guarding the Holy Grail, which will run on FilmBox. The Latter is a BBC-made detective series with a sci-fi feel that will be featured on FilmBox Premium HD.
Vladimír Rusnák, Executive Director of Digi TV, said: “By adding more channels from the FilmBox family, we will please the broad community of our users, whether they want the latest TV series, film classics, or exciting documentaries. Now our viewers have a wider array of channels of different genres that offer engaging content, while those seeking top image quality get more HD resolution channels.”
Best of Italian operas to air on FUNBOX UHD platform
Opera aficionados will now have access to the most well-known Italian operas at the comfort of their own homes. SPI has formed a strategic deal with RAI, which is the biggest public channel broadcaster of Italy.
SPI will now present the famous opera Carmen on their FunBox UHD world channel and TV app that will be accessible to all viewers in 4K resolution. The Rome Opera House located in Italy introduced their opera performance to RAI in 2018 aiming to reach a wider international audience; that’s where SPI comes in. This one-of-a-kind opera was captured live in 4K and will now be aired globally through SPI’s channel and TV app as SPI acquired worldwide TV and VOD rights.
FUNBOX UHD is a global general entertainment channel broadcast in Ultra HD quality. It features compelling primetime programming including documentaries on nature, wildlife, society, music videos, sports, arts and culture, lifestyle content and more. In addition to linear broadcast FUNBOX UHD is also available as a streaming app on Amazon TV, Samsung TV and numerous local OTT platforms in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
RAI promotes and distributes TV related rights and Italian content in Italy and abroad. Rai created a project called ‘All Opera’ that brings the best Italian operas in cinemas all over the world.
“We wanted to bring the best of the season from the greatest Italian theaters to the cinema in the world and partnering with SPI will expand our vision to at-home entertainment worldwide,” says Valentina Carrasca, stage director for Carmen.
“We are proud to announce our partnership with RAI to create our unique RAI-FUNBOX UHD experience that will feature the best Italian opera content captured in breathtaking 4K resolution to our worldwide platform. Our agreement with RAI will only enhance the wide array of content that SPI has to offer,” says Berk Uziyel, Chief Executive Officer at SPI International.
SPI International owned Kino Polska TV SA takes over majority of DTT station Stopklatka TV from Agora! Kino Polska becomes a top advertising player in Poland along with its prominent pay TV business.
SPI subsidiary Kino Polska TV SA, owner of television networks Kino Polska, Filmbox, Kino TV and Zoom TV has acquired from Agora SA 41% shares of Stopklatka SA (the company broadcasting Poland’s top terrestrial movie channel). As a result, Kino Polska TV SA now owns 82.6% shares becoming Stopklatka's majority stakeholder, which significantly strengthens KPTV’s position among the largest media groups in the country.
The deal followed a letter of intent and was signed earlier in March announcing the potential acquisition by Kino Polska TV SA of the entire Agora’s stake in Stopklatka.
- I am glad we have successfully completed this transaction. For us this is an important step in the implementation of the KP Group's strategy, which is to become one of the five biggest media groups in Poland. Taking over Stopklatka will result in a significant increase in the group's consolidated revenues and will present a number of benefits in such aspects as cost synergy, as well as in other areas including future negotiations with content suppliers - comments Boguslaw Kisielewski, Kino Polska TV SA Chairman of the Board.
Kino Polska TV SA has been Stopklatka’s shareholder since the channel was first broadcast in March 2014. Due to the TV know-how contributed by Kino Polska In content acquisition and distribution and with valuable support from SPI International the channel achieved spectacular success within a short period of time becoming the number one movie channel in Poland.
In August 2014, after only 6 months of broadcasting, Stopklatka TV gained 1% audience share in the commercial segment. In the past 10 years no other channel achieved such a result in such a short amount of time. The channel has been consistently growing revenues from advertising sales – in Q1 2018 they were 2.7% higher than in the same period of 2017.
- Stopklatka TV ideally fits our portfolio which features mostly movie channels. Thanks to Kino Polska’s television experience and its resources, the network leads the movie channel rankings. I feel joy Stopklatka is under our wings. Our primary objective is to grow our viewership and advertising sales from the DTT segment. At this point I’d like to thank Agora SA for the few years of fruitful cooperation - added Mr Kisielewski.
Stopklatka TV has nationwide reach and is available in DTT (MUX-1), as well as in most TV offers from major cable networks and DTH platforms. Stopklatka TV reports 11.4 million active subscribers.
Kino Polska TV SA is consistently building its position in the terrestrial television market. It is worth mentioning that this January the company became the sole owner of the Zoom TV terrestrial TV channel when acquired from the Polish Chamber of Electronic Communications 236 shares owned by Cable Television Networks & Partners sp. z o.o., the company broadcasting the channel. Stopklatka joins the Kino Polska TV SA portfolio consisting of Kino Polska, Kino Polska Muzyka and just mentioned Zoom TV.