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SPI/FILMBOX Launches a New On Air Promotion and Channel Branding Project

SPI International/FilmBox, one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world, announced that Martin Cappelletti has been appointed as the Company’s new On Air Promotion and Channel Branding Senior Consultant.

“We are delighted to welcome Martin to SPI’s new On Air Promotion and Channel Branding project. Martin’s extensive media and entertainment industry expertise will play a key role in strengthening SPI’s corporate growth plan and leadership role in our industry”, said Berk Uziyel, CEO at SPI International.

Most recently, Mr. Cappelletti served as Chief Creative Officer at AquiMedia Japan, where he was responsible for On Air Promotion, Original Production and Channel Strategy for the JELLY JAMM Kids Channel.

Mr. Cappelletti founded and worked at Halia Entertainment, a company that supported local and global broadcast companies looking to expand their business or were trying to respond to the changing TV and film viewing habits of their customer base. Prior to joining AquiMedia Japan, Mr. Cappelletti held senior level positions at Linea-64 Studios, FOX International Channels EMEA and Fish Blowing Bubbles, Germany.

“We are excited to have Martin join our team. His promotion and branding experience will improve our film and thematic channels and grow our audience”, said Haymi Behar, Chief Marketing Officer at SPI International. “Martin will be instrumental in developing more attractive content and increase SPI/FILMBOX’s global reach” continued Behar.

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 1400 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. www.spiintl.com

For more information
Contact SPI International/FILMBOX
Emily Lara (Glo Creative)
emily@glocreative.com

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SPI/FILMBOX extends distribution agreement with UPC Hungary

UPC Hungary subscribers will now enjoy four more SPI/FILMBOX channels available on UPC Hungary

The three year agreement extension comes with an increased number of FilmBox channels; Gametoon HD, FightBox HD and DocuBox HD; Eroxxx HD have been included to the FilmBox Premium package. FilmBox On Demand, which offers a wide variety of genres including Hollywood blockbusters and independent movies, documentaries, extreme sports and fight videos, is now available via UPC’s app MyPrime.

“We have an established and successful partnership with UPC Hungary. The best part of extending our partnership agreement with UPC is that Hungarian homes will now have a greater selection of FilmBox programs to choose from,” commented Tamás Fülöp, CE Regional Director of Operation at SPI/Filmbox for Central and Eastern Europe.

“We regularly review our TV offers and channel selections to ensure that our costumers fully benefit from and enjoy our best entertainment services. We are happy that together with SPI we were able to increase the number of FilmBox channels and provide various extreme sports, educational and gaming content to our customers,” said Takács Viktor, UPC Hungary Content Manager.

About SPI International

SPI International/FilmBox 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 1400 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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Skylink to Carry FilmBox OnDemand in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

SPI International inked a new agreement enhancing the existing partnership with Skylink, the biggest Direct-to-Home platform in the Czech Republic and Slo-vakia. Over 1.5 million of Skylink subscribers will now enjoy an outstanding selec-tion of VOD content on SPI International’s FilmBox OnDemand. Through a one-of-a-kind agreement, SPI is releasing all of its VOD titles under FilmBox OnDemand on Skylink Live TV app free of charge to all Skylink subscribers. 

“We are excited to bring our new digital service to Skylink and look forward to de-livering top quality entertainment with the biggest and fastest growing Direct-to-Home platform in the Czech Republic and Slovakia,” said Tamas Fulop, Director of Operations CEE at SPI/FilmBox.

FilmBox OnDemand is easily accessible on Skylink Live TV app through the new Smart TVs, web, and mobile applications, making FilmBox VOD services availa-ble anytime, anywhere. This new alliance allows Skylink subscribers to have an even greater and diverse range of entertainment programs right at their fingertips.

“We have great synergy among both teams and I’m thrilled to see our titles offered through Skylink's great infrastructure and easy to use OTT applications,” Said Güney Yasavur, Chief Operating Officer at SPI International.

“Our agreement with SPI International provides exciting new content for our audi-ence to enjoy in HD quality. We are proud to carry SPI’s FilmBox OnDemand on Skylink Live TV app and offer it for free to all of our subscribers”, said Jaromir Glisnik, Member of the Board, M7 Group SA.

About SPI International

SPI International/FilmBox 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 1400 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- con-nected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT pro-viders.

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.
www.spiintl.com

For more information:
Contact SPI International/FILMBOX
Emily Lara (Glo Creative)
emily@glocreative.com

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HISPASAT and Media Broadcast Satellite to distribute the FunBox UHD Channel in EMEA

•    FunBox UHD will be broadcast on the 4K content distribution platform that HISPASAT manages together with Media Broadcast Satellite.
•    The channel will broadcast with EMEA coverage from the H30W-5 satellite for an initial period of 5 years. 

MADRID, 22 January 2019. HISPASAT, the Spanish telecommunications satellite operator, together with the telecommunications services provider Media Broadcast Satellite have reached an agreement on a deal with an initial duration of five years to distribute one of Europe’s most important Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) channels, FunBox UHD, in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EMEA). The channel, which belongs to the content provider SPI International, is a thematic channel about nature, travel and adventure, art music, culture and lifestyle. Its content allows viewers to explore breath-taking places, witness important cultural events and watch ultra-high-resolution films thanks to the 4K technology, which reveals all the images’ nuances and details.

The broadcast combines Media Broadcast Satellite’s teleport capacities in Usingen (Germany) with HISPASAT’s high-power 30W-5 satellite (H30W-5), with extensive coverage throughout the region specifically designed to distribute top-tier multimedia contents. This broadcast platform aims to become the most efficient and flexible medium for 4K channels to be distributed in Europe and North Africa thanks to HISPASAT’s satellites in this region. Furthermore, this channel can be received in several cable-TV operator platforms in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, among others. 

HISPASAT has supported the development and implementation of Ultra-High-Definition technology in order to make it available as soon as possible for cinema and television viewers. The company was the first satellite operator to make an Ultra-High-Definition broadcast in Latin America through the HISPASAT 30W-3 satellite. Since September 2013, the company has provided open-access broadcast of the HISPASAT 4K channel in Europe, made available to the industry to encourage the use of this technology. 

Ultra-High-Definition TV quadruples the number of pixels compared with the traditional high-definition screen. The resolution is thus four times greater than conventional HD and it provides a much clearer image. 

About Media Broadcast Satellite

Media Broadcast Satellite, operator of one of the world’s largest teleports, has successfully been implementing and operating communication solutions for globally active customers since the 1970’s. Through its own teleport in Usingen near Frankfurt, Media Broadcast Satellite offers tailor-made solutions for the areas of broadcast, data, teleport and data centres. Satellites between 76° East and 60° West can be reached through more than 135 antennas in the Ku-, Ka- and C-Band. To ensure a maximum of security and stability of our solutions, Media Broadcast Satellite operates a NOC manned 24 hours per day on 365 days of the year and a fully redundant RF, IT and power supply infrastructure. The high-quality standard of the services “Made in Usingen/Germany” is underlined by relevant ISO certifications as well as by an own engineering team supporting the customers in all stages of transmission, distribution and service management. Media Broadcast Satellite’s range of services includes both, standard communication services and complete managed service solutions for DTH platforms (SD/HD), data networks and teleport co-location/gateways. 
Further information is available at www.mb-satellite.com.

About SPI International

SPI International is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. SPI uses the latest technology providing subscribers 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 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.
https://spiintl.com

About HISPASAT 

HISPASAT is comprised of companies that have a presence in Spain as well as in Latin America, where its Brazilian affiliate HISPAMAR is based. HISPASAT is a world leader in the distribution and broadcasting of Spanish and Portuguese audiovisual content, and its satellite fleet is used by important direct-to-home television (DTH) and high-definition television (HDTV) digital platforms. HISPASAT also provides satellite broadband and connectivity services which include Internet access, mobility and the extension of mobile networks, in addition to other added value solutions to governments, corporations and telecommunication operators in America, Europe and North Africa. HISPASAT is one of the world’s largest companies in its sector in terms of revenue, and the main communications bridge between Europe and the Americas.

Press contact:
Iñaki Latasa – tel. +34 91 710 25 40 – ilatasa@hispasat.es / comunicacion@hispasat.es

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