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SPI International Acquires Seven New Documentaries from Beyond Rights Limited

SPI International signed a new content acquisition deal with Beyond Rights Limited for all worldwide TV and VOD rights of seven documentaries from the latter’s catalogue. The freshly acquired programming will be available for broadcast on SPI’s linear and digital assets. 

SPI International and global content distributor Beyond Rights Limited have concluded a content acquisition deal which renders seven documentaries, that amount to a total of 23 hours of programming, available for broadcast on SPI’s linear and digital brand assets worldwide. Other platforms will also be able to air the content in their SPI branded corners.

“It is our pleasure to work with world class distributors like Beyond Rights Limited to bring such high-quality programming through our linear and digital operations to our audiences from all walks of life,” commented Revi Benshoshan, Director of Acquisitions at SPI International. “These seven brilliant documentaries are stellar additions to our programming portfolio that we are confident will please our audiences worldwide,” added Benshoshan.

The documentaries included in the agreement are:

Beyond Siberia (2 x 60’) – A group of adventure bikers embark upon a 30,000-kilometer motorbike ride from London to Magadan, pushing themselves and their bikes to the limit.

Inside Story (9 x 60’) – A prime time current affairs series that investigates major crime and inspiring stories and events that hit the headlines in Australia and beyond.

Pets, Vets & Debts (1 x 60’) – This documentary takes the viewer inside veterinary surgeries across the US and Canada to witness cutting edge technology being used to treat pets, even including prostheses.

Beyond Sahara (2 x 60’) – In a thrilling follow-up to Beyond Siberia, this documentary follows 16 motorbike riders across 20,000 grueling kilometers through Africa.

Police- Stop (10 x 30’) – This crime documentary series from the producers of hit crime shows Highway Patrol and Highway Cops, follows the men and women tasked with controlling illegal street racing, dangerous and drink driving, reckless speeding and other road-related crime across the city of Auckland, New Zealand. 

Wild and Dangerous (1 x 60’) – Wild & Dangerous peers into the relationships between people and their exotic pets and examines the issues that come with keeping undomesticated animals.

Cause of Death- Unknown (5 x 30’) – Cause of Death: Unknown explores cases where the circumstances of death may initially appear to be one thing but the investigation ultimately reveals something quite different. 

 

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 Beyond Rights Limited

Beyond Rights is committed to bringing a refreshing new approach to the international content marketplace. What sets us apart is our ability to secure long and rewarding partnerships with international broadcasters and producers, driven by collaboration, transparency, investment, and fast decision-making. 

Proudly independent, and with an experienced, enthusiastic and creative team, our business successfully combines scale and stability with innovation and flexibility. We are known for our enviable and rapidly growing catalogue which includes key titles such as global hit lifestyle format Love It or List It, Emmy-nominated MythBusters, Abandoned Engineering, Underground Worlds and Border Patrol as well as popular scripted titles such as Halifax Retribution and kids’ programming such as Netflix Originals, Beat Bugs & Motown Magic.

While predominantly based in the UK, we are the distribution arm of Beyond International Limited, one of Australia’s leading production, distribution and digital companies, with more than 30 years’ experience in creating and delivering quality programming that is seen all over the world. 

 

 

 

 

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SPI/FilmBox and Multichoice launch Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) on DStv for all Sub-Saharan Africa subscribers

SPI/FilmBox and Multichoice partner to bring the riveting Turkish drama channel Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) to DStv for all Sub-Saharan Africa subscribers on channel 123.

SPI/FilmBox is thrilled to announce the launch of their new Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) on DStv channel 123, from Monday, 2 November 2020. The channel will be available on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact and Family in South Africa & Lesotho, and on DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact across all other Sub-Saharan Africa territories.

“We are very excited about launching on DStv as a leading video entertainment platform in Africa. This brings the Timeless Dizi Channel to a wider audience across the region. SPI and MultiChoice are both committed to bringing phenomenal content that’s built on compelling stories capable of capturing the hearts and minds across generations and geographies,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International. “That’s why we believe TDC is the perfect addition to DStv’s channel offering with its well-curated selection of dramas, a unique genre of high-budget series from Turkish producers that focus on relatable and engaging stories of family, relationships, morality, and love.”

TDC offers DStv drama lovers hundreds of hours of critically acclaimed and popular Turkish dramas that have defined the landscape of Turkish and worldwide television. These include International Emmy Award nominee Black Money Love and other critically-acclaimed series Karadayi, Kurt Seyit & Shura, The End, Red Scarf, Moms and Mothers, Wings of Love, The 8th Day, and Kuzgun.

The channel has reached over five million households worldwide within the first year of its launch and continues to increase its footprint across the globe, with recent distribution deals in Switzerland, Nepal, and the Middle East.

“This Turkish pop-up channel is such an exciting opportunity for us to offer a new and unique genre of content to our customers as part of our commitment to bring the best of the world back home,” says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO of General Entertainment & Connected Video. “As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, we will continue to invest in both local and international content that excites our customers, both young and old, and offers the best entertainment at great value.”

 

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 MultiChoice Africa:

MultiChoice Africa is a video entertainment provider, and our role is to enrich lives. Our mission is to deliver value to our customers by making great entertainment more accessible to millions of people across Africa – anytime, anywhere via multiple platforms including Direct-To-Home satellite (DTH) platform - DStv (www.dstv.com), a Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) platform - GOtv (www.gotvafrica.com) as well as Video-On-Demand and OTT platforms Showmax and DStv Now. Whether it’s local telenovelas, the excitement of world-class sport or the latest global blockbusters, our investment in leading-edge content and technology systems deliver the shows that people love into their hands and homes. Born and bred in Africa, MultiChoice Africa is managed and run by local people with a team of more than 2750 full-time and over 14 000 contractors and independent agencies and accredited installers who collectively deliver the greatest entertainment in the world to more than 49 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Our business has grown hand-in-hand with local economies by forging long-term partnerships with governments, national broadcasters and entrepreneurs and as the continent’s leading funder of sport and local productions, we’ve built skills and capacity to improve the quality of content we offer through our flagship corporate shared value initiative, MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) (www.multichoicetalentfactory.com). It’s by creating value for our customers, our employees and society that we will continue to build a successful business for the future. Visit www.multichoiceafrica.com for more information.

 

 

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SPI/FilmBox Extends Partnership with Orange Romania

SPI International and Orange Romania have inked a channel distribution deal for SPI’s flagship channel FilmBox. The deal will render the channel available in Orange Romania’s Orange World package, starting on September 1st

SPI/FilmBox continues to expand its footprint in Romania through a new channel distribution agreement with Orange Romania for its flagship FilmBox channel. As of September 1st, FilmBox, which reaches over 30 million households worldwide, will be available to Orange Romania subscribers in the operator’s Orange World package.

“We are delighted to offer Orange Romania subscribers an entertainment experience that accommodates the demands and affinities of both general viewers and cinephiles. Launching FilmBox with one of our major partners in Romania reflects our unwavering commitment to providing top-quality content globally,” said Tamas Fülöp, Regional Director of Operations at SPI International.  

FilmBox is SPI’s flagship movie channel and offers an extensive selection of entertaining programming including Hollywood blockbusters, world cinema classics, fan favorite evergreens and popular series for a wide audience. The channel features hundreds of premiere titles every year within a well-curated selection of content from world-class distributors. Channel highlights for the month include: Thrilling sci-fi crime drama series Hard Sun, starring Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn, comedy Daddy Day Care starring veteran actors Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, and Anjelica Huston, and an exciting German police crime drama series Einstein.

Through this new deal, FilmBox will be included in the operator’s Orange World package. Other SPI/FilmBox channels that are currently available to Orange Romania subscribers include: FilmBox Extra HD, SPI’s premium movie channel that features Hollywood hits with popular stars; DocuBox HD, which broadcasts a collection of award-winning documentaries about different cultures and the wonders of our world; FightBox HD delivers electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world, and FashionBox HD provides highly entertaining content on fashion trends and all things style.

 

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 Orange Romania

Orange is the market leader in Romania with over 10 million customers and is part of the Orange Group, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with over 250 million customers in 26 countries. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services.

Having the best mobile internet and the widest network coverage in Romania, Orange offers integrated communications solutions for voice, internet, TV and mobile financial services through Orange Money.

 

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SPI/FilmBox and GibFibre Bring Seven of SPI’s Thematic Channels to Gibraltar

SPI/FilmBox and GibFibre have partnered to bring FilmBox Arthouse, DocuBox, Gametoon and more from SPI’s diverse suite of channels to viewers in Gibraltar

SPI/FilmBox and communications provider GibFibre have announced that their newly minted agreement will make seven of SPI’s versatile channels available to GibFibre subscribers in Gibraltar. The channels will be available in GibFibre’s Super and Ultimate packages.

“We are excited to start our partnership with GibFibre and can’t wait to introduce SPI’s world of great entertainment to viewers in Gibraltar, through a selection of globally sought-after channels like DocuBox, Fast&FunBox, FightBox and Gametoon, that cater to a multitude of tastes,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International. “We always like to support new players to any market and are very happy to add such a strong boutique of channels from launch to support their future success,” added Twiss.

Channels included in the deal are: SPI’s adeptly 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.

“We are pleased to announce our partnership with SPI International to deliver premium TV content in Gibraltar. This strategic decision highlights our intention to improve our service offering, cement Gibfibre’ standing in Gibraltar and work towards a triple play service offering,” said Kevin Alvarez, Director of Operations at GibFibre.

 

 

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 GibFibre

GibFibre Ltd is Gibraltar’s fastest growing telecommunications company. Born as part of AJ Sheriff Electrical Ltd which have been operating in Gibraltar for over 90 years, GibFibre provides telecommunications services for domestic and business users via their privately owned FTTH infrastructure. They offer broadband, fixed tel and TV services to their residential customers and provide carrier grade services to business and enterprise clients.

 

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