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SPI/ FilmBox Presents Its New Global Drama Channel at Webit

May 13, Sofia. The global media company SPI/FilmBox was among this year’s participants at Europe's innovation and tech flagship forum – Webit. On the second day of the world-known event, May 14, the CMO of the company had a fireside chat titled "If Content is The King, Drama is The Queen - The Case for Timeless Drama Channel", and presented the newest addition to FilmBox’ wide portfolio of channels – Timeless Drama Channel (TDC). The chat focused entirely on the rapidly growing popularity of Turkish drama series and movies, and the imminent launch of TDC in Bulgaria.

Turkish drama series are taking the world to a spin. Currently every year over 100 new Turkish dramas are being produced and exported to over 140 countries, and watched by 400 million people. This turns Turkey into the second largest TV series exporter globally after the United States. Haymi Behar’s session touched exactly on this extraordinary success of Turkish dramas that crosses cultural boundaries by capturing universal themes and emotions. In a chat session with Elena Petrova, Head of Global Sales at A1 Broadcasting (A1 Telekom Austria Group), Mr. Behar presented the new TDC channel and illustrated why content might be the King, but drama is the Queen.

“I’m proud to announce the launch of first global Turkish drama channel, Timeless Drama Channel. TDC has over 800 hours of fresh content including globally acclaimed Turkish TV series such as Karadayi, Black Money Love, Kurt Seyit & Shura and many more. We are confident that TDC will reach millions of viewers and will be popular worldwide” said Haymi Behar, CMO of SPI International.

The fireside chat was broadcasted live and on the official FilmBox Facebook and Instagram pages, and is available in full on the official SPI International/FilmBox Facebook page. FilmBox operates 36 channels in 42 countries on 6 continents and is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. Its newest channel TDC is the perfect addition to the company’s diverse portfolio of channels that offer exciting content meeting the needs and preferences of varied audiences.

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Timeless Drama Channel Starts Broadcasting in Kosovo with Kujtesa

SPI/FilmBox continues to expand its services in the Balkan region, launched TDC in  Kosovo  through a new channel distribution agreement with Kujtesa. As a result of this newly minted agreement, Kujtesa’s subscribers will have 24/7 access to hundreds of hours of Timeless Drama Channel content broadcast in Albanian.

Timeless Drama Channel, the newest channel in the SPI/FilmBox portfolio, is one of the best drama genre channels in the world with hundreds of hours of internationally acclaimed content from major Turkish producers.  Viewers will able to experience these award-winning TV series and watch the talent and charisma of many of Turkey’s most popular and respected actors and actresses such as Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Berguzar Korel, Farah Zeynep Abdullah, Kenan İmirzalıoğlu and Tuba Büyüküstün.

“Today, it is my pleasure to announce that we have signed a brand new channel distribution agreement with Kujtesa, the leading cable company in Kosovo. A very important aspect of this partnership is that Kujtesa will not only carry our fastest growing channel, Timeless Drama Channel but the fact that all Timeless Drama Channel programs will be broadcast in Albanian,” said Mr. Murat Muratoğlu, Head of Distribution for the Middle East, Ex-Yugo, Baltic States, Bulgaria, Greece, India, Turkey, CIS Countries, APAC at SPI International.

Kujtesa is the leading cable company in Kosovo, with its television platform featuring over 180 channels with network coverage of almost 98% of Albanian living territory in Kosovo. Kujtesa’s digital platform includes Kosovo channels, selected channels from Albania and Macedonia and selected international channels.

“We at Kujtesa care and dedicate our efforts to continuously create value for our customers and offer the best of the best services. In this case, we are thrilled to be able to do so altogether with SPI/FilmBox and Timeless Drama Channel” said Mrs. Elena Cena Chief Brand Officer at Kujtesa.

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 36 television channels on six continents. SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world, FilmBox being its flagship channel. Working with over 1,400 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

About Kujtesa

Kujtesa offers high-quality solutions for the Kosovo market in the fields of internet, digital television, and fixed telecommunications. Kujtesa is always on the cutting edge of world technology and at the forefront for their realization in Kosovo. 

Kujtesa was founded in 1995, as a retailer of computer equipment and later became a provider of Internet services. In 2006, Kujtesa entered the cable television market in Kosovo. Today, Kujtesa is a leading cable company, with its television platform featuring over 180 channels, including K-Sports channel platform with a network coverage of almost 98% of Albanian living territory in Kosovo. 

Kujtesa’s digital platform includes Kosovo channels, selected channels from Albania and Macedonia, selected international channels and Kujtesa – exclusive sports channels.

For more information contact:

SPI International/FILMBOX 
Emily Lara (Glo Creative)
emily@glocreative.com

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Timeless Drama Channel Launches in MENA with My-HD

My-HD subscribers in the MENA region will now have access to the first global Turkish drama channel. Timeless Drama Channel, the newest channel in the SPI/FilmBox portfolio, is one of the best drama genre channels in the world with hundreds of hours of content from major Turkish producers. My-HD is offering the channel to its subscribers through Arabsat.

“We are delighted to be extending our existing partnership with My-HD to bring the newly launched Timeless Drama Channel to drama lovers in the MENA region” said Mr. Murat Muratoğlu, Head of Distribution at SPI International.

Timeless Drama Channel has over 800 hours of fresh content including 8 globally acclaimed Turkish TV series: Karadayi, Black Money Love, 20 Minutes, Kurt Seyit & Shura, Moms and Mothers, Red Scarf, Five Brothers and The End. Viewers will be able to experience these award-winning TV series and watch the talent and charisma of many of Turkey’s most popular and respected actors and actresses such as Engin Akyürek who was nominated for the 2015 International Emmy Awards for his performance in Black Money Love, Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Berguzar Korel, Farah Zeynep Abdullah, Kenan İmirzalıoğlu and Tuba Büyüküstün.

“My-HD is dedicated to provide the best family entertainment programs to our subscribers. We recognize the strong following for great storylines and excellent productions which Ay Yapim dramas are known for. My-HD is proud to be the launch platform for Timeless Drama Channel and we are confident that the channel will bring 100%  satisfaction to our customers” said Carmen Chen, CEO at My-HD.

About SPI International
SPI International is a global media company operating 36 television channels on six continents. SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world, FilmBox being its flagship channel. Working with over 1,400 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

About My-HD

My-HD is a Pay TV service based in Dubai Media City. With 63 premium HD & SD channels in Arabic, English, French and Filipino languages, available for selective viewing as included in their Movies & Series, Family, Documentary, Filipino, and Al Majd TV packages. The biggest attraction to My-HD is the low monthly subscription rates it offers to customers whilst providing premium TV channels from Fox Networks, Discovery Networks, and Lagardere to name a few. My-HD receivers are available off-the-shelf in the UAE and Saudi Arabia as well as from selected dealers and franchisees across the Gulf and North African countries.

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

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Timeless Drama Channel Launched In Albania In Partnership With Digit-Alb

The most popular Turkish Dramas have arrived in the form of full feature TV channel in Albanian for all Digit-Alb subscribers. Timeless Drama Channel (TDC) is dedicated to people of all ages who love the drama genre and want to watch high-quality and critically-praised shows. Timeless Drama Channel offers hundreds of hours of internationally acclaimed programs from major Turkish producers.

“I am proud to announce the launch of one of our most popular channels, Timeless Drama Channel, in Albania; this agreement is a new milestone for SPI/FilmBox and our partner Digit-Alb. We are confident that Timeless Drama Channel will be immensely popular amongst Digit-Alb subscribers,” said Mr. Murat Muratoğlu, Head of Distribution for the Middle East, Ex-Yugo, Baltic States, Bulgaria, Greece, India, Turkey, CIS Countries, APAC at SPI International. 

“It is a great pleasure to announce our new agreement with SPI/FilmBox. We are sure that Timeless Drama Channel will quickly gain maximum popularity and our audience will enjoy the excellent production and broadcasting quality of its programs,” said Mrs. Vjollca Hoxha, Co-CEO of Digit-Alb

"We are thrilled to welcome SPI’s Timeless Drama Channel into our fantastic TV Bouquet. By adding Timeless Drama Channel’s unmatched quality programs to our roster, we are re-affirming Digit-Alb’s reputation as the screen of the best regional channels,” said Mr. Arben Taipi, Co-CEO of Digit-Alb.

About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 36 television channels on six continents. SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world, FilmBox being its flagship channel. Working with over 1,400 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

About Digit-Alb

Digit-Alb is the biggest Albanian Pay-TV platform and content provider with an extended presence in Kosovo. Operating very popular In-House Thematic Channels, National and Regional TV Channels and well known International Channels, Digit-Alb is the definition of Pay-TV among the Albanian Speaking audience in the region. 

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

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