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SPI International’s Filmstream Now Available in 18 Latin American Countries with Pluto TV

Global media company SPI/FilmBox has inked a deal with Pluto TV, the leading free streaming television service in America, to launch SPI’s ad-based movie proposition Filmstream, which broadcasts an expertly curated selection of movies for those who appreciate the art of cinema. The new channel will be added to Pluto TV’s line-up in 18 countries in Latin America including; Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and Mexico.  

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Pluto TV to include another top-quality product that combines premium content curation with the ease of the lean-back entertainment experience,” said Berkin Ecevit, Sales & Business Development Director at SPI International. “Filmstream’s slate of critically-acclaimed and insightful movies will now captivate more movie lovers of all ages through our deal with Pluto TV,” added Ecevit.

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.

Pluto TV also carries Pluto TV FashionBox which includes curated content from SPI’s FashionBox channel and features inspirational, educational, and always highly entertaining content on shopping, lifestyle and new fashion trends. 


About SPI INTERNATIONAL: 

SPI INTERNATIONAL is a global media company operating 42 TV channels, multiple digital products across six continents, and a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide.

SPI was founded 28 years ago and has extensive experience in the TV and broadcasting industry. The company operates multiple free-to-air and pay-TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, CIS and Ex-Yugo regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia, the Netherlands and Russia. SPI is one of the premier movie service providers in the countries where it operates, with FilmBox being its flagship movie service. SPI Group owns a suite of legacy brands that have become household names such as FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka, Dizi along with different thematic channels and streaming services. 

SPI’s brands reach millions of households through operators, partner platforms and SPI’s own digital products globally. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting-edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content and FilmBox+ service that has over one million subscribers. The company recently launched a new digital service, Dizi, a state-of-the-art aggregator of the best Turkish series worldwide. SPI also owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels 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 markets. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 
 

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SPI International’s Dizi Launches on Amazon Prime Video Channels in Spain

SPI’s premium drama hub Dizi is available on Amazon Prime Video Channels in Spain. Prime members in Spain can access Dizi branded on-demand content via an add-on paid monthly subscription with the linear channel launch expected to follow by the end of the year

SPI/FilmBox announces that Dizi, which offers a curated selection of high-budget and critically-acclaimed Turkish series, is available dubbed in Spanish, as subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) on Amazon Prime Video Channels in Spain as of September 9th 2021. Dizi will be offered as an add-on paid monthly subscription package available for Prime members at 2.99 € per month and subscribers can get a free trial for two weeks.

“The powerful stories told in Turkish series and the magnetic landscapes that provide a backdrop to these stories have been mesmerizing the whole world for the past ten years. Now with the Dizi offer at Amazon Prime, Spanish viewers will gain access to Dizi, The Home of Good Stories, where they can enjoy a curated slate of addictive Turkish series, all in one place with an ever-growing catalogue to come,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe and Africa at SPI International.

Some of the Dizi highlights which will be available to Prime members in Spain include: Black Money Love, the International Emmy Award-nominated sensation starring Tuba Büyüküstün and Engin Akyürek; Brave and Beautiful, a critically-acclaimed family saga led by Tuba Büyüküstün and Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ; Stiletto Vendetta, a suburban tale of glamour and revenge, and Insider, a thrilling cat-and-mouse game with shocking twists and turns.     
 

About SPI INTERNATIONAL: 

SPI INTERNATIONAL is a global media company operating 42 TV channels, multiple digital products across six continents, and a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide.

SPI was founded 28 years ago and has extensive experience in the TV and broadcasting industry. The company operates multiple free-to-air and pay-TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, CIS and Ex-Yugo regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia, the Netherlands and Russia. SPI is one of the premier movie service providers in the countries where it operates, with FilmBox being its flagship movie service. SPI Group owns a suite of legacy brands that have become household names such as FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka, Dizi along with different thematic channels and streaming services. 

SPI’s brands reach millions of households through operators, partner platforms and SPI’s own digital products globally. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting-edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content and FilmBox+ service that has over one million subscribers. The company recently launched a new digital service, Dizi, a state-of-the-art aggregator of the best Turkish series worldwide. SPI also owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels 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 markets. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

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CANAL+ GROUP TO ACQUIRE MAJORITY STAKE IN SPI INTERNATIONAL

Paris, France, 20th September 2021

CANAL+ will acquire a 70% majority stake in SPI International while keeping the current management team and operational structure in place. 

SPI INTERNATIONAL, a global media company operating 42 TV channels and multiple digital products across six continents, and a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide, is now joining forces with Canal+ Group.

CANAL+ Group is a leading world pay-TV operator and major player in free-to-air television in France. CANAL+ has a wide international footprint with a presence in 40 countries in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. In Europe, CANAL+ has a strong presence in mainland France and Poland and has also acquired the M7 Group platform in 2019. The Group totals 22 million subscribers worldwide and has experienced a continuous growth of its international business in recent years. This acquisition will help CANAL+ to expand its strategy of investing in content and reinforce its offers on its different markets, by relying on European leader Studiocanal, Kino Świat in Poland, and now SPI INTERNATIONAL.

In the context of this agreement, which will enable complementary know-how and skills to be combined, SPI's current owners Loni Farhi & Berk Uziyel will continue to manage and develop SPI’s business with the support of their executive committee, while the parties will be able to generate reciprocal synergies to further strengthen the two groups’ presence in the international markets.

In a joint statement, Loni Farhi & Berk Uziyel, underlined: “It is very exciting news and the start of a new era for SPI INTERNATIONAL. CANAL+ and SPI share a common vision for continuous growth and a strong international presence. We have been strategic partners for years, where we have built a great tradition of collaborations and achieving mutual goals. Now we will have the chance to join forces under one roof. SPI will further accelerate its growth with CANAL+ while leveraging natural synergies. SPI INTERNATIONAL has an amazingly talented team that has produced incredible growth in the last decade. Now, with this great team and with much enthusiasm, we are delighted to become part of the CANAL+ family. Our joined forces will strengthen the existing entertainment products and expand the distribution of our compelling content to far larger audiences.

For Maxime Saada, CEO of CANAL+ Group: “The acquisition of SPI INTERNATIONAL is  part of the strategy we have been implementing for several years. CANAL+ currently has 22 million subscribers in over 40 countries, including 15 in Europe. We have set ourselves the goal of reaching a minimum of 30 million subscribers by 2025, and SPI INTERNATIONAL will certainly be a key asset in achieving this ambition.”

Jacques du Puy, CEO of CANAL+ International said: “We are very pleased to welcome SPI to our group. This acquisition marks a new strategic step for the development of our European contents. It will be a great opportunity to develop new synergies and businesses for our activities, especially in the Polish market and in the Central and Eastern European countries where CANAL+ operates through M7 brands.”

The completion of the transaction is, of course, subject to the approval of the relevant regulatory authorities in the territories concerned (including in particular the authorities responsible for antitrust and merger control).

About CANAL+ GROUP

CANAL+ Group is a leading media company and pay-TV operator. It is also a leading player in French free-to-air television. CANAL+ Group has a wide international footprint with a presence in Europe, Africa and Asia. CANAL+ Group totals 21.8 million subscribers worldwide, including 8.7 million in mainland France. With STUDIOCANAL and KINO SWIAT, CANAL+ Group is also a European leader in the production, acquisition and distribution of feature films and TV series. CANAL+ Group is wholly-owned by worldwide integrated content, media and communication group, Vivendi.

About SPI INTERNATIONAL

SPI INTERNATIONAL is a global media company operating 42 TV channels, multiple digital products across six continents, and a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide.

SPI was founded 28 years ago and has extensive experience in the TV and broadcasting industry. The company operates multiple free-to-air and pay-TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, CIS and Ex-Yugo regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia, the Netherlands and Russia. SPI is one of the premier movie service providers in the countries where it operates, with FilmBox being its flagship movie service. SPI Group owns a suite of legacy brands that have become household names such as FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka, Dizi along with different thematic channels and streaming services. 

SPI’s brands reach millions of households through operators, partner platforms and SPI’s own digital products globally. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting-edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content and FilmBox+ service that has over one million subscribers. The company recently launched a new digital service, Dizi, a state-of-the-art aggregator of the best Turkish series worldwide. SPI also owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels 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 markets. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

For more information please contact: marketing@spiintl.com 


 

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SPI/FilmBox and Unitel T+ Bring An Extensive Bouquet of Channels to Cape Verde

SPI International’s FilmBox Arthouse, Gametoon and more are now available to Unitel T+ subscribers in Cape Verde in the Medium and Max packages.  

SPI International and telecommunications operator Unitel T+ announce that a broad selection of channels from SPI’s portfolio is now available to Unitel T+ subscribers in Cape Verde in two different packages. Unitel T+ subscribers can access FilmBox Arthouse, 360 TuneBox, FightBox and Gametoon in the Max package and the rest of the offers Fast&FunBox and FashionBox – in the Medium package.  

“We are delighted to collaborate with a partner such as Unitel T+ who value providing their customers with strong content that caters to a variety of tastes and needs,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International. “The bouquet of channels included in the deal delivers hundreds of hours of entertaining content that will appeal to movie lovers, gamers, fashion, music, adrenaline and MMA sports enthusiasts,” added Twiss.

The channels included in the deal are: SPI’s well-curated arthouse movie channel FilmBox Arthouse, which 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; 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.

“On August 17th, Unitel T+ presented to the Cape Verdean market its television service, Casa+ TV.  Unitel's proposal is to revolutionize the concept of television in Cape Verde. With many features and multiscreen, CASA+ TV is the greatest gamble of this telecommunications operator,” said Mrs. Ércia Paim, Marketing Director at Unitel T+

 

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company that’s active on six continents with a diverse portfolio of 42 television channels, multiple digital services and worldwide content distribution operations. SPI was founded 30 years ago and has extensive experience in the TV and broadcasting industry. The company operates multiple free to air and pay TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, CIS and Ex-Yugo regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia, the Netherlands and Russia. SPI is one of the premier movie service providers in the countries where it operates, with FilmBox being its flagship movie service. SPI Group owns a suite of legacy brands that have become household names such as FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka, Dizi along with different thematic channels and streaming services. 
 
SPI’s brands reach millions of households through operators, partner platforms and SPI’s own digital products globally. Working with over 700 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content and FilmBox+ service that has over one million subscribers. The company recently launched a new digital service, Dizi, a state-of-the-art aggregator of the best Turkish series worldwide. SPI also owns and operates the brand assets of Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear channels and an on-demand service.
 
For over 30 years, SPI International has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international markets. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. 

 

About Unitel T+

UNITEL T+ has been present in Cape Verde for 12 years. It has made known its concern of being present and making the signal reach every corner of the country by making significant investment in the building of its infrastructure and network to extend its reach and quality of service. It has worked hard and has made strong investments. It is the leader of the Internet segment and holds 49% of the market share while the competition holds 47% and the others 4% belongs to the other Internet service providers. It has become a global company with differentiated and valuable offers for private business and residential segments. Unitel T+ states that its strong positioning in these segments is due to the fact that it is the solution because it has what our customers in any segment need.

 

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