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SPI International Delivers Quality Content Around the World

Operating 42 TV channels and digital services on six continents, SPI International has a truly global reach. Its flagship FilmBox channel, which carries the motto “Home of Good Movies,” alone reaches more than 30 million homes in 25 countries with a catalog that spans Hollywood blockbusters, classic evergreens, world cinema gems and local productions. “The FilmBox movie service provides a comprehensive entertainment experience with multiple linear channels and streaming services available through hundreds of pay-TV operators worldwide,” says CEO Berk Uziyel. “We enable viewers to consume a large catalog of films both through linear and on-demand whenever and wherever they desire.”

Uziyel goes on to explain that FilmBox, Film1 and Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) are the key focuses for growth. “FilmBox is one of our most sought-after services, rapidly growing its presence across the world,” he notes. SPI acquired the Dutch premium movie services brand Film1 in the Netherlands in 2019 from Sony. “Within a year, we are seeing improvements in terms of the reception of our brand proposition of ‘Always a Good Movie (Altijd Een Goede Film)’ by the viewers in the region,” Uziyel adds. “Through our various efforts, we have managed to secure a steady increase in the total number of subscribers of Film1, reversing the previous course. We continue to take important steps toward further strengthening our relationships with distributors and our operator partners to bring even more quality content to a larger number of households in the country.”

TDC, a premium Turkish-drama channel launched in 2019, has been “soaring to global success,” says Uziyel. The channel is currently available in 81 countries through 19 operators reaching 25 million households. Recent launches include multiple territories in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. “We aim to expand our footprint in the Western European market via TDC in 2021 and beyond,” he adds. In the new year, the company is planning to launch the new streaming app DIZI, which lets viewers across the world watch a curated selection of the best Turkish series on-demand.

SPI also has a robust content catalog, with programming across all genres that is sourced from a broad array of suppliers. “We have developed strong partnerships with major studios, mini-majors, broadcasters’ distribution arms, as well as independent production and distribution companies working both globally and locally, to assure that we broadcast on our channels the best content they produce,” Uziyel explains. “Our acquisition focus spans the latest hits as well as evergreens for movies, global hits for TV series and the highest-rated TV programs from around the world for our factual slots. Local productions are also of great value for us in territories where we have extended our footprint with local channels.”

New to the catalog are Universe’s Most Wanted, starring Dave Bautista and directed by Brad Peyton; Little America, a dystopian action thriller with Sylvester Stallone; The Doorman, an action thriller with Jean Reno; and Emperor, based on the life story of Shields Green.

SPI co-produced My Dad’s Christmas Date, a heartfelt Christmas comedy with Jeremy Piven, Joely Richardson and Olivia-Mai Barrett, and has the title available across most territories. Also co-produced by SPI, The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud is a sci-fi action movie with a comedic twist and eye-catching visual effects starring Scott Adkins.

“Our catalog continues to expand rapidly with great content from the best independent producers on the market,” says Uziyel. “Our primary focus in terms of international sales is to provide our clients with ready-made content, which is very valuable and in-demand nowadays for both linear and digital platforms. Considering that due to COVID-19 there will be delays for new productions, we make sure to provide our clients with a large pool of finished content: first-run and evergreen reissues, both dubbed and subtitled, and available for immediate release in all genres, regions and markets. In addition, we have theatrical titles that we plan to release next year once cinemas reopen.”

SPI’s aim in the coming years, according to Uziyel, will be to continue to provide a “well-rounded, high-quality entertainment experience” through its FilmBox and Film1 movie services that combine linear and on-demand viewing experiences.

“The future of entertainment will be a hybrid one, with viewers accessing both pay-TV channels—due to the simplicity and convenience—and on-demand services—for the option to be able to watch the content of their choosing at their own time,” he continues. “We believe viewers will subscribe to multiple services and operators will continue to act as aggregators. There will be packages of different services, and our movie services with the tagline of ‘Home of Good Movies’ will be a great part of these bundles. We will position ourselves as a neighboring service provider to big streaming giants and continue to work with our partners to create these new packages.”

In terms of content distribution, SPI’s expansion into Western Europe is a significant move. “We have developed a strong distribution partnership in the U.K., and we plan to release more titles in this territory in the coming year. We’re also expanding into the German, Spanish and Portuguese markets.” The company additionally has Latin America in focus for 2021, while continuing to deliver top-quality entertainment to its core markets across CEE, Africa, CIS, Turkey, Benelux and elsewhere.

- WORLDSCREENINGS (Newsletter sent on December 8, 2020) 

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SPI International’s Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) Launches in Switzerland with SALT

SPI/FilmBox and SALT expand their channel distribution deal to include SPI’s global Turkish drama channel Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC). Starting December 1st, SALT subscribers will be able to access the channel in their basic package.

SPI/FilmBox and Swiss telecommunications provider SALT announce that they have partnered to bring SPI’s global Turkish drama channel Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) to Switzerland. Starting on December 1st, the channel will be offered in the primary basic package. Viewers can watch the channel in the original Turkish version with English subtitles, or with Arabic dubbing.

“Turkish series or Dizi has quickly become a genre of its own, achieving remarkable success globally over the last 10 years with big stories that cross boundaries, popular actors, and beautiful landmarks,” said Georgina Twiss, MD of Western Europe and Africa. “It is our great pleasure to bring these sweeping epics to Switzerland with Timeless Dizi Channel and to introduce the gripping world of Turkish drama to the Swiss audience via our longtime partners SALT,” added Twiss.  

Established in April 2019, TDC currently reaches 25 million households worldwide in 81 countries rapidly growing its presence globally with recent launches in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. The channel was first launched in Luxembourg in Western Europe and continues to expand its footprint across the continent with more deals to come in Portugal, Germany and Spain. With over 600 hours of fresh content including globally acclaimed dizis, the current channel highlights include: International Emmy Award winning Endless Love, Stiletto Vendetta, Karadayi, Black Money Love, 20 Minutes, Kurt Seyit & Shura, Red Scarf and The End. The channel also brings three unique and exclusive series to international screens for the first time: Moms and Mothers, Five Brothers and The 8th Day. 

In addition to TDC, SALT carries four other channels from the expansive SPI/FilmBox portfolio: 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; and FunBox UHD, the first worldwide native 4K/UHD TV channel that presents 100% premium native UHD programming dedicated to entertainment and lifestyle programming acquired from top producers and distributors around the globe. 

 

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 SALT

Salt is a Swiss telecommunications provider which owns and operates an extensive, high-quality mobile telecommunications network. With Start, Basic, Swiss, Europe, World, Young and Surf, Salt offers a comprehensive portfolio of personal, straightforward and efficient mobile flat rate subscriptions. At up to 1 Gbps and no extra costs, Salt customers can surf on the fastest available internet connection (4G+) – without any speed limitation. Salt’s ultra-fast 4G+ network covers over 55% of the Swiss population and its 4G network covers even 99%.

Thanks to its ultrafast broadband solution called Salt Home, Salt provides a unique triple play service, which for the first time in Switzerland takes full advantage of the optical fiber technology by means of symmetrical date transmission rates of up to 10 Gbit/s. Salt Home can be combined in an gainful way with Salt’s powerful mobile flat rate subscriptions.

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SPI International Acquires Worldwide Distribution Rights to Documentaries from Earth Touch

SPI International inked a content acquisition deal with Earth Touch for a total of thirty-four riveting documentaries. The company licensed all worldwide TV and VOD non-exclusive rights of the content to broadcast on DocuBox and SPI’s other linear and digital assets.    

SPI International announces that it has acquired thirty-four documentaries, which amounts to approximately eighty hours of programming from Earth Touch, an award-winning producer of high-end factual series. According to the deal, SPI will be able to broadcast the freshly acquired programming on DocuBox and on any of its other linear and digital brand assets worldwide.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Earth Touch, a company that shares our passion for providing audiences with high-quality content produced via state-of-the-art technologies,” commented Revi Benshoshan, Director of Acquisitions at SPI International. “This new slate of programming from Earth Touch will be a great addition to our library, especially to DocuBox’s rich collection of fascinating documentary and factual series that explores different cultures and the wonders of our world,” added Benshoshan.

The licensed programming includes various nature and wildlife documentaries such as, Deep Blue Dive and Black Mamba: Kiss of Death and travel themed content like Marco Polo: A Very Modern Journey and Most Intriguing Safari Destinations.

 

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 Earth Touch

Earth Touch is composed of three affiliated entities: production companies in Durban and Washington DC, and a sales and distribution office in London. Earth Touch is a specialist in factual production and distribution, focusing primarily on wildlife and history documentary and factual entertainment series and films. It has an extensive archive of over 9000 hours of high-quality UHD and HD material, as well a total of 394 hours of blue-chip original programming. Learn more at www.earthtouchnews.com

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SPI/FilmBox and waipu.tv Partner to Bring Seven Channels to Germany

SPI/FilmBox and waipu.tv have signed a new channel distribution deal that features seven exciting channels from SPI’s portfolio.

SPI International is thrilled to announce that seven channels from its diverse portfolio will be available to subscribers of the German IPTV platform waipu.tv. The channels that feature content spanning all genres including movies, documentaries, gaming, music and lifestyle will be offered to subscribers of the platform in the new Perfect Plus package.

“We are excited to grow the presence of our channels in Western Europe with our new partners, waipu.tv,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International. “Together with the waipu.tv team, we selected a strong range of channels from our portfolio to complement the needs of their subscribers and we believe that our channels will be great additions to waipu.tv’s content offer, and their new Perfect Plus package,” 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 HD which is dedicated to gaming content created by true gaming and esports enthusiasts; FightBox HD broadcasts some of the most electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world; Fast&FunBox HD  offers action-packed programming dedicated to adrenaline sports; DocuBox HD 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.

Markus Haertenstein, Executive Board Member of EXARING AG, the company behind waipu.tv added: “With the new Perfect Plus package waipu.tv offers Germany's largest TV package with more than 150 TV channels including over 45 pay TV channels at a very competitive price. Together with the best television channels, we provide attractive video on demand content. Furthermore, customers enjoy many convenience functions such as restart, record and pause. With the launch of the largest TV package, waipu.tv truly is the "Home of Entertainment in Germany."

 

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 EXARING AG and waipu.tv

EXARING develops and operates the first fully integrated platform for IP entertainment services in Germany. "waipu.tv", which was launched as a next-generation IPTV-platform in 2016, is today the market leader for IPTV via Internet in Germany. With waipu.tv, the set-top box disappears from the living room, as it can be received wirelessly on all devices in the WIFI - even on several devices at the same time.

EXARING AG was founded in Munich in 2013. The largest single shareholder is the freenet Group. The founder and CEO is Christoph Bellmer. More information at www.exaring.de  and www.waipu.tv

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