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First Global Turkish Drama Channel Officially Starts Broadcasting

Cannes, France, April 07, 2019 – SPI/FilmBox announces the launch of the first global Turkish drama channel, Timeless Drama Channel (TDC). TDC is now broadcasting worldwide. The company has inked ten initial deals with various operators making the channel available in over one million homes.

Timeless Drama Channel is the first Turkish Drama Channel to make a global debut. The channel was created in partnership with Ay Yapim, one of Turkey’s top producers and creator of many award winning Turkish TV series. Timeless Drama Channel has over 800 hours of fresh content including  8 globally acclaimed Turkish TV series: Karadayi, Black Money Love, 20 Minutes, Kurt Seyit & Shura, Moms and Mothers, Red Scarf, Five Brothers and The End.

TDC is proud to share the talents of the brilliant, popular and respected Turkish actors Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Berguzar Korel, Farah Zeynep Abdullah, Kenan İmirzalıoğlu, Tuba Büyüküstün along with many others with a worldwide audience in these award winning drama series.

"The launch of Timeless Drama Channel will be a game changer in the global TV industry. it will build the global success of Turkish Dramas and will connect with audiences all over the world,” said Berk Uziyel, CEO at SPI International. “In a short amount of time, Turkey has become the second biggest TV series exporter in the world and Timeless Drama Channel is the first channel dedicated to Turkish dramas that will be broadcasted globally. We are certain that it will reach millions of drama genre lovers all over the world and contribute immensely to the growth of the Turkish TV drama series industry" continued Mr. Uziyel.

 The channel will be initially broadcasted in 10 languages including Bulgarian, Romanian, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian, Albanian, and Arabic with English subtitles.The channel is available throughout Europe on the EUTELSAT 16A satellite. SPI/FilmBox signed broadcast agreements with six operators: Kujtesa and Ipko Kosovo, Digit-Alb and RTL Albania, A1 Croatia and A1 Macedonia. In the near future the channel will be broadcasted with multiple operators in MENA and APAC, Baltics and CIS, stay tuned.

About SPI International

SPI International 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 Ultra HD content in the world. Working with over 1,400 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.
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Emily Lara (Glo Creative)
emily@glocreative.com

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FilmBox Live App Now Available on Ooredoo TV

SPI International reveals a new business partnership with international communications company, Ooredoo. SPI’s FilmBox Live App 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.
                                                                                 

Guney Yasavur
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.
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FilmBox extends cooperation agreement with Antenna Hungária

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.

Tamas Fulop

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.

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SPI International extends new distribution agreement with South African networks

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.
 
DISCOP Stand #: VB18

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