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SPI/FilmBox Announces the AI-Powered Multi-Platform Streaming Service FilmBox Plus

SPI/FilmBox announces the launch of its new content streaming service FilmBox Plus, an evolution of FilmBox Live which has been active for 10 years. The service merges linear and on-demand experience through AI-powered linear channels and an extensive selection of VOD content. FilmBox Plus is expected to launch worldwide later this year and will replace FilmBox Live

Global media company SPI/FilmBox announced the launch of its multi-platform, and feature rich content streaming service, FilmBox Plus which is expected to roll out worldwide by the end of 2020. The enhanced service will replace FilmBox Live, SPI/FilmBox’s content platform that has been active for 10 years. FilmBox Plus will offer AI-powered linear channels and a vast selection of VOD content ranging from movies, TV series and thematic programming. Users will be able to subscribe to the service directly or via partner platforms and devices.

FilmBox Plus works on multiple screens and platforms natively and provides a sleek, user-friendly and intuitive interface. The service is designed to integrate easily into operator set-top-boxes and offers and supports various business models such as subscription (SVOD), advertisement (AVOD), and transactional (TVOD/pay per view).

“The convergence of traditional and digital pay TV environments has created new viewer behaviors and expectations. The operators will need to cater to these demands if they want to thrive,” said Guney Yasavur, COO at SPI International. “FilmBox Plus offers a centralized content solution for both the operators and the end-user: The service integrates easily into operator set-top-boxes and offers, and enhances the overall viewing experience of the end-user by providing highly-personalized and consistently relevant content through AI-powered technologies,” continued Yasavur.      

FilmBox Plus aims to combine the “lean back” viewing experience with the ease and flexibility of the on-demand option. The service features enhancements to further personalize the user experience through AI-powered linear channels, specifically curated by FilmBox Plus editors and AI technologies. Curation may be made according to mood, genre or special occasion and can be configured for different territories.    

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 40 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 1,400 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. 

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SPI/FilmBox and D-Smart Renew Linear and Expand Cooperation with Digital Partnership

SPI/FilmBox made its four channels available for another two years on D-Smart, one of the leading digital platforms in Turkey. In addition, subscribers will be able to live stream the channels, and access select VOD content from SPI’s channel portfolio on D-Smart’s OTT platform, D-Smart GO

SPI/FilmBox and D-Smart announced that they have renewed and extended their partnership to include an additional two years of broadcast rights for FilmBox, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, and DocuBox. The updated agreement will ensure that these channels from the SPI/FilmBox portfolio are made available to live-stream anytime and anywhere, along with VOD content from select SPI channels through D-Smart’s OTT platform, D-Smart GO.

“The tech-savvy consumers of today want premium, worldwide content to be at their disposal at all times. We are proud to be able to provide our customers with what they want and are excited to extend our distribution to digital with D-Smart, one of the biggest players in the Turkish market,” Murat Muratoğlu, Head of Distribution at SPI International.  

Among the channels that are available on D-Smart’s linear and digital platforms is SPI/FilmBox’s flagship channel FilmBox, which broadcasts Hollywood blockbusters, favorite evergreens and popular series from major producers and distributors. The other channels included are, FightBox which delivers electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world, DocuBox which offers a collection of award-winning documentaries about different cultures and the wonders of our world, and Fast&FunBox which brings action-packed programming dedicated to adrenaline sports.

“We are very excited to extend our channel range with SPI channels. Our users will be able to access highly entertaining content with FilmBox, FightBox, DocuBox, Fast&FunBox, and FashionBox. We would like to carry on this fruitful cooperation for many years,” said Başar Başarır, CCO&CMO at D-SMART.

In addition to FilmBoxFightBox, and DocuBox, D-Smart GO subscribers will also be able to access VOD content from SPI/FilmBox’s FashionBox, which provides highly entertaining content on fashion trends and all things style. 

About D-Smart

D-Smart was founded in 2007. One of the key actors of “Digital Broadcasting Platform”, D-Smart is a leading Turkish digital broadcasting platform carrying out operations within Demiroren Holding since 2018. Devoted to continuous development of our contents and services, we provide digital content services to our customers with fully HD movie and TV series channels, documentary channels, including National Geographic and Discovery Groups, and kids, life, music and radio channels, as well as all national channels, along with hundreds of channels broadcasting through Turksat and Hotbird satellites, more than 230 channels of which 98 are HD.

In line with developments and requirements of present-day, we do not restrict our “Digital Broadcasting Platform” services with television broadcasting only but also come to the forefront in the market with our D-Smart Internet services (wholesaler). As a digital entertainment platform combining both internet and television services, we can offer our customers the ease of getting only one bill for both services.

D-Smart GO is an internet-based entertainment service, streaming popular movies, series and TV shows. With D-Smart GO users watch anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Also they can play, pause, resume, rewind live channels up-to 3 days, record their favorite TV shows, all without subscription commitments. D-Smart GO offers a better viewing experience with personal profiles and also provide safe viewing experience for children with child mode and by parental control pins.

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 40 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 1,400 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. 

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SPI/FilmBox Launches Timeless Drama Channel (TDC) and Two Additional Thematic Channels with Telekom Romania

SPI/FilmBox and Telekom Romania have signed a channel distribution agreement to launch Timeless Drama Channel (TDC), DocuBox and FightBox from the SPI/FilmBox portfolio

SPI/FilmBox announces that Telekom Romania subscribers will now have access to Timeless Drama Channel (TDC), one of the fastest-growing drama genre channels in the world, and two additional thematic channels from the SPI/FilmBox portfolio. TDC, DocuBox and FightBox will be available in the basic package across all of Telekom Romania’s distribution networks.   

“We are excited to launch three of our most riveting channels on Telekom Romania, one of the biggest players in the region. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality programming across all genres on our channels, and we are confident that Telekom Romania subscribers will thoroughly enjoy TDC, DocuBox and FightBox,” said Tamas Fülöp, Regional Director of Operations at SPI International.

SPI/FilmBox’s premium Turkish drama channel TDC has been rapidly soaring to success across the globe since its launch in April 2019. The channel now reaches 5 million homes in 14 countries and plans to double its market penetration in 2020.

Created in partnership with Ay Yapim, TDC offers over 600 hours of fresh content including nine globally acclaimed Turkish TV series: Karadayi, Black Money Love, 20 Minutes, Kurt Seyit & Shura, Moms and Mothers, Red Scarf, Five Brothers, The End and The 8th Day. The channel also brings to the forefront some of Turkey’s most talented actors and actresses such as Kıvanç TatlıtuğBergüzar KorelFarah Zeynep AbdullahKenan İmirzalıoğlu and Tuba Büyüküstün.

“We are happy that our customers will have access to new, exciting, internationally awarded content, through TDC, DocuBox and FightBox channels, newly introduced in Telekom Romania’s TV grid. Our partnership with SPI International is a new step in our efforts to respond to the needs and requirements of the Romanians in terms of preferred TV content and we look forward to developing this partnership” said Andreas Elsner, Chief Commercial Officer, Residential Segment, Telekom Romania.

Through this deal, Telekom Romania subscribers will enjoy 3 of SPI/FilmBox’s unique thematic channels: TDC, the first global Turkish drama channel; FightBox which delivers electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world, and DocuBox which offers a collection of award-winning documentaries about different cultures and the wonders of our world.

All of the channels will be available to Telekom Romania subscribers in the basic package  through DTH, IPTV and DVBC technologies.

 

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 40 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 1,400 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 60 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 Telekom Romania

Telekom Romania is a dynamic brand, offering fixed and mobile innovative communication services to a broad customer community.

Our solutions open a world of infinite opportunities to share the beauty of life together with our families, friends, partners, colleagues and citizens around us. Our mission is to enrich people’s lives, by offering them fixed and mobile integrated services, latest technologies like 4G, optical fibre, as well as Internet TV which brings users a new entertainment experience, with access to exclusive and quality content, on all screens, and advanced interactive features. Telekom Romania is the trusted partner for companies, providing them with complete communications and IT&C solutions. Our network is bringing together people, machines and content, connecting them for a better, safer, simpler future.

Telekom Romania is present in the Romanian market since 2014, after the joint rebranding of Romtelecom and COSMOTE Romania.

Telekom is a brand pertaining to Deutsche Telekom, one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies.

 

 

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SPI International Announces a Brand New Content Distribution Partnership with DocuBay

SPI International and DocuBay signed a license agreement that includes seven of SPI’s premium documentary titles; all seven titles are available for streaming in 180+ countries on the DocuBay app and website 

SPI International announced a license agreement with DocuBay, the international membership-based VOD streaming service dedicated to premium documentary feature films. The license deal includes seven of SPI International’s visually groundbreaking and insightful premium titles such as Turandot, Small Cams – Big Beasts, Time Hopper, Eye to Eye with Everest: Death on a Mountain, The Invisible Wildlife Photographer, Riders in the Land of the Setting Sun, and Rwanda 17. All seven documentaries are now available to stream in 180+ countries on the DocuBay app and website.

SPI International brings together international documentaries of the highest quality with world-class partners. We deliver the award-winning, premium documentaries that our global audience expects from us, every day,” said Hubert Ornass-Kubacki, Head of Content Sales at SPI International. “It is very exciting to share that our first distribution agreement with DocuBay includes seven of our best documentaries and that both parties are eager to keep growing this partnership for many years to come” continued Ornass-Kubacki.

SPI International’s tremendous catalogue of exceptional content is right in line with DocuBay’s mission of providing viewers with the best in independent feature documentary films,” said Akul Tripathi, COO of DocuBay. “With DocuBay now available to a global audience, we look forward to growing our community of documentary film fans through strategic partnerships with premium content distributors such as SPI International” continued Tripathi.  

About DocuBay

Headquartered in Mumbai, India, DocuBay is a global, membership VOD streaming service and OTT platform exclusively designed to stream premium international documentary films. Specializing as a niche video service, DocuBay features content from all corners of the globe in a variety of categories and is available on platforms including the App Store, Google Play, Fire TV, and Apple TV, with additional platforms on the way. www.docubay.com

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 40 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 1,400 operators worldwide, SPI uses state of the art technology providing its 60 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. 

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