Global media company SPI International/Filmbox and Vienna-based Telekom Austria Group are extending and expanding their strategic agreement until 2022. With its “direct2home” platform Telekom Austria Group will remain the technical distribution and contribution provider for the FilmBox channels’ Balkan and Central Eastern Europe (CEE) feeds, over the Eutelsat 16A satellite.
The agreement provides hundreds of thousands of customers in the region with content of various FilmBox channels. Both companies announced they are planning to extend the current channel line-up and add new channels in the future.
SPI/Filmbox, through its strategic partnership with Telekom Austria Group, distributes channels in Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia. The channel bouquet is comprised of: FilmBox Plus, FilmBox Extra HD, Gametoon, FilmBox Art House, DocuBox HD, FightBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, 360TuneBox HD, Erox HD and Eroxxx HD. The list of incumbent operators includes: Mobitel EAD (Bulgaria), ONE.VIP (Macedonia), A1 (Austria) and Vipnet (Slovenia).
The technical satellite distribution service offered by Telekom Austria Group to SPI/Filmbox is composed of video signal transport, encoding, encryption and uplink services, delivered by the Group´s earth station in Aflenz, Austria and its international backbone with more than 200 PoPs - arguably the largest fiber network in Europe. The Filmbox channels’ TV signal is being distributed via the Eutelsat 16A satellite.
“Telekom Austria Group and SPI are two companies truly committed to delivering top quality television entertainment throughout Central and Eastern Europe” - said Berk Uziyel, SPI’s executive director. “We are looking forward to adding new channels and strengthening our alliance with Telekom Austria Group in the years to come,” Mr. Uziyel concluded.
Global TV operator SPI International/FILMBOX and Ethnic Channels Group Limited (“ECG”), a diversified media company specializing in the aggregation, distribution, acquisition and production of entertainment content, are pleased to announce the decision by the CRTC to add seven SPI channels to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution.
These seven channels will provide an international variety of content to Canada’s multicultural audience. Their programming includes a Polish language movie channel (KINO POLSKA), a Polish language music television network (KINO POLSKA MUZYKA) and English language channels that include an extreme sports-related channel (FAST&FUNBOX HD), an eSports channel (GAMETOON), an international independent films channel showcasing content from around the world (FILMBOX ART HOUSE), a state-of-the-art entertainment programming in 4K/Ultra HD channel (FUNBOX UHD), and last, but not least a channel dedicated to the world of leading fashion, models, designers, brands and catwalk (FASHIONBOX HD).
“SPI/FILMBOX is now looking forward to reaching a wide audience across Canada and to working with Ethnic Channel Group on the further expansion of our distribution footprint,” said Stacey Sobel, SPI’s executive VP.
“We are thrilled by Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-329. SPI International the owner and creator of these channels is one of the most effective and well-respected media companies and we are happy to be their partners,” said Slava Levin, CEO of ECG. “Our affiliate sales department will work with all the major Canadian operators to secure the widest audience to this great programming.”
Ethnic Channels Group limited expands aggregation, distribution and production services on a global basis by offering third party content providers digital and television channels, VOD, and streaming sales and technical support.
SPI channels are carried by numerous DTH platforms, cable networks, IPTVs, mobile TVs and Smart TVs in Europe, Asia, the U.S., Africa as well as Australia.
As a part of SPI’s new digital strategy SPI launches a branded corner called Filmbox OnDemand with Volia.
Global media company SPI International / FILMBOX and Ukraine’s leading telecommunication platform VOLIA are launching Filmbox OnDemand, an online VOD service which offers non-stop, multi-screen access to a film library featuring an impressive selection of American and European movie hits.
VOLIA operates an sVOD service called Volia Cinema which will feature Filmbox OnDemand as a sub-package available to all VOLIA’s customers who have access to Volia Cinema service.
Starting October 12th VOLIA’s customers will also get access to Filmbox OnDemand, an online VOD service which offers non-stop, multi-screen access to a special film library featuring a diverse selection of dramas, comedies, action flicks starring some of the top Hollywood and European actors as well as localized martial arts videos and documentaries.
Among the movies available on Filmbox OnDemand viewers will find LOOPER – a sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, another action flick SETUP with 50 Cent, Ryan Phillippe, Bruce Willis as well as a NEW YORK I LOVE YOU presenting a compilation of love stories starring Bradley Cooper, Andy Garcia, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom and many others.
VOLIA already carries seven linear channels from the SPI/FILMBOX portfolio including FilmBox HD, FilmBox Arthouse, DocuBox HD, FightBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, FashionBox HD and 360 TuneBox.
„We are excited to extend our programming offer beyond the traditional linear channels by launching Filmbox OnDemand service for VOLIA’s viewers in Ukraine,” said Murat Muratoglu head of distribution for MENA, Turkey, APAC, Russia and CIS, Baltics, Bulgaria and Ex-Yugo. “It is a true pleasure to allow VOLIA’s customers enjoy watching great movies anytime and anywhere they want with Filmbox OnDemand service,” Mr. Muratoglu added.
Global TV operator SPI International / Filmbox recently launched seven channels with IPTV operator Hybrid Solutions in Armenia.
The Armenian operator has launched the following channels from the SPI’s worldwide TV portfolio: FilmBox, a basic movie channel with popular films and TV series FilmBox Art House featuring independent and classic films, DocuBox HD airing documentaries on nature and human civilization, FashionBox devoted to fashion trends and shopping, FightBox HD – a 24/7 combat sports channel, Fast&FunBox HD with extreme sports programming and 360TuneBox – an international music TV network.
FilmBox, FilmBox Arthouse, DocuBox HD, FightBox and Fun&Fastbox HD channels carried by HybridTV are available in two language versions Russian and English.
"With the recent launch in Armenia SPI/FILMBOX continues to expand its distribution footprint in new markets across CEE," said Murat Muratoglu SPI’s head of distribution for MENA, Turkey, APAC, Russia and CIS, Baltics, Bulgaria and Ex-Yugo. „We are happy to partner with Hybrid Solutions as our first partner in Armenia and to brings SPI channels to their viewers,” he added.