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SPI/FilmBox and Digital Virgo Partner to Bring FilmBox Africa and More to Africa

SPI/FilmBox and Digital Virgo have inked a brand-new distribution deal that brings eight exciting products from the SPI portfolio to Africa. These will be available to all Digital Virgo subscribers in multiple territories and through Molotov’s OTT platform across the continent

SPI International announces that FilmBox Africa and more from its diverse portfolio will be available in multiple territories in Africa via Digital Virgo. SPI/FilmBox content that appeals to a wide range of interests including adrenaline sports, gaming, fashion, music, documentaries, movies and series will be available to all Digital Virgo subscribers in multiple territories including Senegal, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Cameroon, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Congo, and through Molotov’s OTT service deployed by Digital Virgo across the African continent.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Digital Virgo to bring SPI’s home of great entertainment to multiple territories in Africa and introduce viewers to the breadth of our content, covering so many different genres that people of all ages and interests will definitely find something that they can enjoy,” commented Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International.  

The deal grants access to the following via Digital Virgo: FilmBox Africa which broadcasts Hollywood blockbusters, popular hits and favorite evergreens; FilmBox Arthouse 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; DocuBox delivers a collection of award-winning documentaries about different cultures and the wonders of our world; 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.

It was recently unveiled that Molotov, one of the leading streaming services in France with over 13 million users in the region, will partner with Digital Virgo to expand their services into the African market. This partnership allows SPI’s aforementioned products to be accessible on all devices through Molotov’s OTT service, which is deployed by Digital Virgo in the African continent. 

“Our solutions to monetize TV & VOD content are constantly enriched with new partners and an approach combining global entertainment but also more specific and local content. The partnership with SPI International fully meets this strategy and we are excited to bring these high-quality TV channels to our customers in more than 10 markets in Africa,” commented Vincent Taradel, CMO Digital Virgo.

 

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 Digital Virgo

Digital Virgo brings the most of Mobile Payment with Carrier Billing strategies by connecting Merchants of goods and services to Telecom Operators’ Billing system. A fast, secure and simple method of payment which allows the payment of products and services directly from the monthly mobile subscription bill or via the credits on the prepaid card.

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SPI International’s FilmBox Debuts in the Netherlands with Canal Digitaal

SPI International is proud to announce the launch of their flagship FilmBox brand in the Netherlands. Starting on May 4th 2021, FilmBox will be available to all Canal Digitaal subscribers in the basic package. 

SPI International is proud to announce the launch of their international brand FilmBox in the Netherlands which marks the beginning of FilmBox’s expansion into Western Europe. FilmBox will initially launch in the Netherlands with the M7 Group, one of Europe’s largest operators of satellite and IP-based TV platforms via their Dutch pay-TV brand Canal Digitaal. Starting May 4th 2021, FilmBox will be available in the basic package of Canal Digitaal’s DTH platform for all subscribers at Channel 14. FilmBox will launch on Canal Digitaal’s IPTV platform with the same EPG number soon after.

“FilmBox’s launch in the Netherlands is an exciting milestone for SPI International in terms of its expansion into the Western European market. FilmBox is included in operators’ basic packages and aims to target a different window and audience than our premium film service portfolio. FilmBox will have a different positioning in Western Europe compared to Central Eastern Europe and it will serve as a complementary gateway service to our premium Film1 portfolio,” said Berk Uziyel, CEO at SPI International. “We are delighted to spearhead FilmBox’s expansion in the Netherlands with our long-standing partners at the M7 Group who share our passionate commitment to making top-quality content more affordable and easier to access,” added Uziyel.

FilmBox delivers a compelling slate of Hollywood movies, favorite evergreens and popular series to over 30 million households globally. Content highlights for the month of May include: 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up (2019) starring Christina Ricci and Hamish Linklater; Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane (2018) starring Claire Foy and crime drama Crypto (2019) starring Beau Knapp, Luke Hemsworth and Alexis Bledel. In addition, the hit show NARCOS will make its linear TV debut in the Netherlands on FilmBox where viewers can watch the first three seasons and the fourth installment entitled NARCOS: Mexico on Mondays and catch the reruns on Sundays.  

“We are extremely happy that we can offer FilmBox to our customers. There is an insatiable hunger for interesting content at the moment. Recently we have expanded our on demand offer with content from our parent company Canal+ and other valuable parties. The addition of FilmBox as a fixed channel is a great next step. With our distinctive services we think we are a rich addition to the established market,” said Christiaan Puper, Country Manager at Canal Digitaal.

SPI International has been active in the Dutch pay-TV market with their thematic brands, and more recently with the premium movie services brand Film1, which operates four linear channels and on-demand services in the region. Canal Digitaal currently carries all four Film1 channels and Film1 VOD content, as well as other thematic brands from SPI’s portfolio including: DocuBox, which delivers award-winning documentaries and FightBox, geared towards mixed-martial arts and combat sports enthusiasts.     

 

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 Canal Digitaal

Canal Digital is a Dutch television provider. Users can watch television via satellite, via the TV app on SmartTV or mobile or via IPTV (fiber / VDSL via resellers). At Canal Digital consumers can watch all major regular channels. Canal Digital also offers channels for sports fans such as ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3, nature and documentary channels such as National Geographic and LoveNature and channels such as RTL Crime and BBC First. With 78 channels, there is plenty to choose from. Subscriptions are available from € 14.95 per month with free viewing for the first week. Canal Digital is part of Canal + Luxembourg, a Canal + Group company.

About M7 Group

M7 Group S.A., a CANAL+ Group company, is one of Europe’s largest operators of satellite and IP-based TV platforms and is based in Luxembourg. M7 Group uses different brands in different countries: Skylink and Freesat in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Canal Digitaal in the Netherlands, TV Vlaanderen and TeleSat in Belgium, HD Austria in Austria, UPC Direct in Hungary and Focus Sat in Romania. All brands offer tailor made packages for clients adapted to the local culture and language in these countries. Today, M7 Group provides more than 3 million subscribers with hundreds of satellite and IP-based radio and television services in digital and HD quality. Since 2011, M7 Group also provides broadband and telephony services to its customers in the Netherlands and Belgium. M7 Platform Services provides broadcasters with end-to-end distribution solutions for DTH, cable and IPTV reception. www.m7group.eu.

 

 

 

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SPI/FilmBox’s Filmstream Now Available on Samsung TV Plus Mobile in the UK

SPI/FilmBox announced that Filmstream will be available to stream on select mobile devices with the launch of the Samsung TV Plus mobile app in the UK

SPI/FilmBox’s new ad-based digital product Filmstream continues to reach new users in the UK with the recent rollout of Samsung TV Plus mobile app in the region. Starting in April 2021, Filmstream, which offers a wide range of independent and classic movies, will be available on the Samsung TV Plus app for select Samsung Galaxy device users.

“More and more consumers are turning to their mobile devices for entertainment, which provides them with instant access to quality content. It is our pleasure to bring some of the best world cinema movies and critically-acclaimed feature films with Filmstream to Samsung mobile device users in the UK,” commented Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe and Africa at SPI International.

Samsung recently announced the launch of their Samsung TV Plus mobile app in the UK, available free of charge on the Galaxy Store and Google Play for select Galaxy device users running Android O OS or higher. Starting April 2021, users of select Galaxy devices will be able to access Filmstream content via the Samsung TV Plus mobile app which offers 100% free ad-supported content spanning news, sports, entertainment, movies and more.

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 recently launched in India on Samsung TV Plus and is currently available to stream on select Samsung Smart TVs in the UK, India and Australia with more launches to be announced 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’s FightBox Launches on Waoo in Denmark

SPI/FilmBox and Waoo have inked their first distribution deal bringing SPI’s FightBox to Waoo subscribers in Denmark

In a move that marks SPI/FilmBox’s expansion in the Scandinavian market, the global media company announces their first distribution deal with Waoo, Danish pay TV and broadband provider. The agreement between the companies makes SPI’s FightBox available to Waoo subscribers in English, effective as of March 30th 2021.   

“At SPI, we continue to invest and expand our reach in Europe and are delighted to start a partnership with Waoo for FightBox, a product which we believe will resonate well with combat sports enthusiasts in Denmark, as it does around the region, with its content slate dedicated to the best MMA programming from all over the world,” commented Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe and Africa at SPI International.

FightBox broadcasts some of the most electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world including Fight Exclusive Night, Cage Fury Fighting Championship, King of Kings Hero’s World Series, Makowski Fighting Championship, Superkombat, Oktagon and more.

”We are always seeking to push the limits of our customers’ expectations by providing Denmark’s widest range of sports and entertainment. We know that sports play an important role when customers need to choose TV provider. FightBox is a perfect fit to our strategy, and we are excited about our partnership with SPI International. Enthusiasts of combat sports and MMA in Denmark will now have access to the best MMA programming in the world,” says Mette Wenneberg Dinsen, head of TV Content at Waoo.

 

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 Waoo

9 years in a row, our customers have named Waoo Denmark's best internet provider when it comes to customer loyalty and product quality. We are proud that it reflects our vision: Enabling your digital life as it should be. We provide lots of entertainment and sports via a stable, lightning-fast and future-proof fiber broadband connection with symmetrical speeds and enormous capacity.

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