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Film1 Now Available on Amazon Prime Video Channels in the Netherlands

Film1’s on demand movies and three of its linear channels will be available on Amazon’s newly launched Prime Video Channels. Amazon Prime members in the Netherlands will be able to access the package as an add-on paid monthly subscription for EUR 5 per month instead of the regular EUR 9,99 until December 31st2020.

Film1’s selection of around 300 on demand movies, along with Film1 Premiere, Film1 Drama and Film1 Family will now be available on Amazon’s freshly launched Prime Video Channels service as an add-on package for Prime members in the Netherlands. Prime members will be able to access the Film1 package, which offers a curated selection of Hollywood blockbusters, popular movies and favorite evergreens, for just EUR 5 per month instead of the regular EUR 9,99 for the duration of a special offer that’s valid until December 31st 2020.

Prime members that subscribe to the Film1 package can enjoy a remarkable selection of movies at launch including: Bong Joon Ho’s 2020 Best Picture Academy Award winning Parasite; Amazing Grace, a critically acclaimed documentary that chronicles Aretha Franklin’s performance at the New Bethel Baptist Church in LA in 1972; Rian Johnson’s Academy Award nominated murder mystery Knives Out, starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Jamie Lee Curtis; and the upcoming Fox News drama Bombshell, launching on November 21st 2020, starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie.

“Film1 continues to strengthen its presence in both the pay TV and streaming services markets in the Netherlands. With consumer habits changing more rapidly than ever, we are exploring versatile opportunities to make the Film1 brand more accessible to Dutch audiences,” said Jeroen Bergman, Managing Director at Film1.

Film1 is available for Prime members in the Netherlands via the existing Prime Video app to watch anytime, anywhere on smart TVs, mobile, Amazon Fire TV Stick, game consoles and through the web. Prime members will be able access the content with the convenience of a single account, login and user experience through Prime Video so there’s no need to jump from app to app.

 

About Film1

Film1 is the sole provider of four premium movie channels - Film1 Premiere, Film1 Action, Film1 Drama and Film1 Family - and a Video On Demand service on all cable, DTH and IPTV platforms in the Netherlands.

Introduced in 2006, the Film1 brand has been part of SPI International since 2019, which operates various television channels such as FilmBox and DocuBox in various European countries.

Film1 offers an extensive selection of films in all possible genres and is offered completely ad-free. At Film1 you will always watch a good movie.

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SPI/FilmBox and Türksat/KabloTV Expand Their Digital and Linear Partnership

SPI/FilmBox and Türksat/KabloTV announce that they have expanded their digital and linear partnership for three more years. The new agreement will also render SPI’s FilmBox Extra channel available to Türksat/KabloTV subscribers in Turkey. The channel content will also be accessible on demand via FilmBox Live.

Global media company SPI/FilmBox and Turkey’s largest cable operator Türksat/KabloTV announced that they have renewed and expanded their longstanding linear and digital partnership. The new agreement guarantees Türksat/KabloTV subscribers continued access to eight unique channels from SPI’s portfolio for an additional three years, along with SPI’s content streaming service, FilmBox Live. In addition to the renewal, the deal also makes SPI’s premium movie channel FilmBox Extra available to the subscribers in an add-on package. FilmBox Extra content will also be available to watch on demand through FilmBox Live, which is available to Türksat/KabloTV subscribers at a discounted special price, through a joint offer by FilmBox and Türksat.

“We are excited to launch one of our most in-demand premium movie channels FilmBox Extra in Turkey with our partners, Türksat/KabloTV,” commented Murat Muratoğlu, Head of Distribution at SPI International. “This renewed deal with the addition of FilmBox Extra, reflects both companies’ mutual commitment to providing our viewers with a wide range of popular and entertaining content spanning all genres,” added Muratoğlu.

FilmBox Extra is one of SPI’s premium movie channels, and is available in over 10 countries, reaching around 7 million households worldwide. The channel offers a wonderful selection of Hollywood blockbusters in full HD, and hundreds of premiere titles every year.

Cenk Şen, Türksat CEO, declared that they want to enrich their content (Türksat Kablo) day by day and said: "We will reap the benefits of our partnership with SPI / FilmBox very soon." Şen expressed his satisfaction with the agreement rendering SPI’s FilmBox Extra channel available to Türksat Kablo subscribers, which will be followed closely by documentary, game, and movie fans within the scope of enrichment of the content offered to KabloTV customers. "We will continue to offer high-quality content to KabloTV customers with affordable opportunities," he concluded.

The other channels included in the deal are: SPI’s flagship movie channel FilmBox; FilmBox Arthouse which brings world cinema classics from iconic directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini and many others to cinema lovers; Gametoon, a new generation gaming channel 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, and 360 TuneBox presents new music every week with today’s emerging artists.

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 42 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 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 65 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. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

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.

About Türksat

Türksat is one of the world's leading satellite operators supplying all sorts of communications through satellites. Bringing different languages and cultures together through its global solutions in satellite communications, Türksat provides cable TV broadcasting and broadband internet services via its cable infrastructure as well for its domestic subscribers. Furthermore, Türksat operates the e-Government Portal within the scope of IT solutions and conducts projects for the provision of public services electronically.

For more information contact:

SPI/FilmBox
melodi.simson@spiintl.com

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SPI International Acquires Seven New Documentaries from Beyond Rights Limited

SPI International signed a new content acquisition deal with Beyond Rights Limited for all worldwide TV and VOD rights of seven documentaries from the latter’s catalogue. The freshly acquired programming will be available for broadcast on SPI’s linear and digital assets. 

SPI International and global content distributor Beyond Rights Limited have concluded a content acquisition deal which renders seven documentaries, that amount to a total of 23 hours of programming, available for broadcast on SPI’s linear and digital brand assets worldwide. Other platforms will also be able to air the content in their SPI branded corners.

“It is our pleasure to work with world class distributors like Beyond Rights Limited to bring such high-quality programming through our linear and digital operations to our audiences from all walks of life,” commented Revi Benshoshan, Director of Acquisitions at SPI International. “These seven brilliant documentaries are stellar additions to our programming portfolio that we are confident will please our audiences worldwide,” added Benshoshan.

The documentaries included in the agreement are:

Beyond Siberia (2 x 60’) – A group of adventure bikers embark upon a 30,000-kilometer motorbike ride from London to Magadan, pushing themselves and their bikes to the limit.

Inside Story (9 x 60’) – A prime time current affairs series that investigates major crime and inspiring stories and events that hit the headlines in Australia and beyond.

Pets, Vets & Debts (1 x 60’) – This documentary takes the viewer inside veterinary surgeries across the US and Canada to witness cutting edge technology being used to treat pets, even including prostheses.

Beyond Sahara (2 x 60’) – In a thrilling follow-up to Beyond Siberia, this documentary follows 16 motorbike riders across 20,000 grueling kilometers through Africa.

Police- Stop (10 x 30’) – This crime documentary series from the producers of hit crime shows Highway Patrol and Highway Cops, follows the men and women tasked with controlling illegal street racing, dangerous and drink driving, reckless speeding and other road-related crime across the city of Auckland, New Zealand. 

Wild and Dangerous (1 x 60’) – Wild & Dangerous peers into the relationships between people and their exotic pets and examines the issues that come with keeping undomesticated animals.

Cause of Death- Unknown (5 x 30’) – Cause of Death: Unknown explores cases where the circumstances of death may initially appear to be one thing but the investigation ultimately reveals something quite different. 

 

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 42 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 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 65 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. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services.

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. 

 

About Beyond Rights Limited

Beyond Rights is committed to bringing a refreshing new approach to the international content marketplace. What sets us apart is our ability to secure long and rewarding partnerships with international broadcasters and producers, driven by collaboration, transparency, investment, and fast decision-making. 

Proudly independent, and with an experienced, enthusiastic and creative team, our business successfully combines scale and stability with innovation and flexibility. We are known for our enviable and rapidly growing catalogue which includes key titles such as global hit lifestyle format Love It or List It, Emmy-nominated MythBusters, Abandoned Engineering, Underground Worlds and Border Patrol as well as popular scripted titles such as Halifax Retribution and kids’ programming such as Netflix Originals, Beat Bugs & Motown Magic.

While predominantly based in the UK, we are the distribution arm of Beyond International Limited, one of Australia’s leading production, distribution and digital companies, with more than 30 years’ experience in creating and delivering quality programming that is seen all over the world. 

 

 

 

 

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SPI/FilmBox and Multichoice launch Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) on DStv for all Sub-Saharan Africa subscribers

SPI/FilmBox and Multichoice partner to bring the riveting Turkish drama channel Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) to DStv for all Sub-Saharan Africa subscribers on channel 123.

SPI/FilmBox is thrilled to announce the launch of their new Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) on DStv channel 123, from Monday, 2 November 2020. The channel will be available on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact and Family in South Africa & Lesotho, and on DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact across all other Sub-Saharan Africa territories.

“We are very excited about launching on DStv as a leading video entertainment platform in Africa. This brings the Timeless Dizi Channel to a wider audience across the region. SPI and MultiChoice are both committed to bringing phenomenal content that’s built on compelling stories capable of capturing the hearts and minds across generations and geographies,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International. “That’s why we believe TDC is the perfect addition to DStv’s channel offering with its well-curated selection of dramas, a unique genre of high-budget series from Turkish producers that focus on relatable and engaging stories of family, relationships, morality, and love.”

TDC offers DStv drama lovers hundreds of hours of critically acclaimed and popular Turkish dramas that have defined the landscape of Turkish and worldwide television. These include International Emmy Award nominee Black Money Love and other critically-acclaimed series Karadayi, Kurt Seyit & Shura, The End, Red Scarf, Moms and Mothers, Wings of Love, The 8th Day, and Kuzgun.

The channel has reached over five million households worldwide within the first year of its launch and continues to increase its footprint across the globe, with recent distribution deals in Switzerland, Nepal, and the Middle East.

“This Turkish pop-up channel is such an exciting opportunity for us to offer a new and unique genre of content to our customers as part of our commitment to bring the best of the world back home,” says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO of General Entertainment & Connected Video. “As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, we will continue to invest in both local and international content that excites our customers, both young and old, and offers the best entertainment at great value.”

 

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 42 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 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 65 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.

SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in the Netherlands, including four movie channels and digital services. 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. 

About MultiChoice Africa:

MultiChoice Africa is a video entertainment provider, and our role is to enrich lives. Our mission is to deliver value to our customers by making great entertainment more accessible to millions of people across Africa – anytime, anywhere via multiple platforms including Direct-To-Home satellite (DTH) platform - DStv (www.dstv.com), a Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) platform - GOtv (www.gotvafrica.com) as well as Video-On-Demand and OTT platforms Showmax and DStv Now. Whether it’s local telenovelas, the excitement of world-class sport or the latest global blockbusters, our investment in leading-edge content and technology systems deliver the shows that people love into their hands and homes. Born and bred in Africa, MultiChoice Africa is managed and run by local people with a team of more than 2750 full-time and over 14 000 contractors and independent agencies and accredited installers who collectively deliver the greatest entertainment in the world to more than 49 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Our business has grown hand-in-hand with local economies by forging long-term partnerships with governments, national broadcasters and entrepreneurs and as the continent’s leading funder of sport and local productions, we’ve built skills and capacity to improve the quality of content we offer through our flagship corporate shared value initiative, MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) (www.multichoicetalentfactory.com). It’s by creating value for our customers, our employees and society that we will continue to build a successful business for the future. Visit www.multichoiceafrica.com for more information.

 

 

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