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First Global Turkish Drama Channel Officially Starts Broadcasting

Cannes, France, April 07, 2019 – SPI/FilmBox announces the launch of the first global Turkish drama channel, Timeless Drama Channel (TDC). TDC is now broadcasting worldwide. The company has inked ten initial deals with various operators making the channel available in over one million homes.

Timeless Drama Channel is the first Turkish Drama Channel to make a global debut. The channel was created in partnership with Ay Yapim, one of Turkey’s top producers and creator of many award winning Turkish TV series. 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.

TDC is proud to share the talents of the brilliant, popular and respected Turkish actors Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Berguzar Korel, Farah Zeynep Abdullah, Kenan İmirzalıoğlu, Tuba Büyüküstün along with many others with a worldwide audience in these award winning drama series.

"The launch of Timeless Drama Channel will be a game changer in the global TV industry. it will build the global success of Turkish Dramas and will connect with audiences all over the world,” said Berk Uziyel, CEO at SPI International. “In a short amount of time, Turkey has become the second biggest TV series exporter in the world and Timeless Drama Channel is the first channel dedicated to Turkish dramas that will be broadcasted globally. We are certain that it will reach millions of drama genre lovers all over the world and contribute immensely to the growth of the Turkish TV drama series industry" continued Mr. Uziyel.

 The channel will be initially broadcasted in 10 languages including Bulgarian, Romanian, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian, Albanian, and Arabic with English subtitles.The channel is available throughout Europe on the EUTELSAT 16A satellite. SPI/FilmBox signed broadcast agreements with six operators: Kujtesa and Ipko Kosovo, Digit-Alb and RTL Albania, A1 Croatia and A1 Macedonia. In the near future the channel will be broadcasted with multiple operators in MENA and APAC, Baltics and CIS, stay tuned.

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 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

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Emily Lara (Glo Creative)
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Alchimie to Distribute FightBox HD In Its OTT Service ‘Watch It’

The expanded agreement will allow the OTT platform Watch It to carry the SPI/FilmBox channel FightBox HD in Switzerland and Austria. Watch It subscribers in both countries will be able to enjoy FightBox HD on any device such as mobile, tablets, computers and Smart TV sets.

Alchimie/Watch It subscribers in Switzerland and Austria will have access to some of the most exciting combat sports programs worldwide. FightBox HD delivers live broadcast of some of the most electrifying live events such as KOK World Series and RXF MMA Championship, and MFC Makowski Fighting Championship 

“We are proud to announce that our expanded agreement which currently includes France, the UK, Germany, Spain and Belgium, will now bring FightBox HD to Switzerland and Austria. Alchimie understands the power of live sports and exclusive coverage such as King of Kings and now even more Watch It subscribers will enjoy some of the most competitive and exciting live events and mixed martial arts coverage programs all over the world,” said Georgina Twiss Managing Director Western Europe & Africa at SPI International. 

“Mixed Martial Arts has significantly increased in popularity over recent years, and there is a real demand for high quality OTT international MMA programming.  SPI’s FightBox content shows all aspects of this discipline, from training to live events. Alchimie is very pleased to be able to bring MMA and other combat sports on FightBox  to our Swiss and Austrian subscribers via our streaming service Watch It”, said Timothee Vidal, Chief Entertainment and Distribution Officer at Alchimie. 

FightBox HD is a unique worldwide channel presenting a compilation of the finest combat and martial art sports from around the world all on one channel. It brings the best live events of the most exciting fights worldwide. FightBox HD is a true guide to all styles of martial arts for all those who like to watch and learn. 

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 Alchimie
Alchimie has changed the world of multimedia entertainment with its expertise in content distribution and monetization. The company has a sizeable library of 17,000 hours of content, and partners with content creators and producers from all over Europe to drive fair remuneration through distribution via Alchimie’s portfolio of 150 subscription OTT channels across four languages. Whether TV programs, video or games, Alchimie provides access to over 30 digital distribution platforms inc. Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung, Telecom Operators, via it’s channels and popular Watch It! platform. Channels are actively and dynamically promoted by Alchimie to gain high visibility for both the content and channels, and to attract new subscribers. Alchimie’s channels include, Humanity, FightClub, Stingray Karaoke, Big Name, Speed & Race, Moods and Okidoki With offices in France, Germany and Australia, Alchimie employs over 100 people and now operates in more than 10 countries. It collaborates with more than 200+ rights owners and its range of channels across different platforms attract up to 2 million unique visitors each month www.alchimie.com

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Emily Lara (Glo Creative)
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SPI/FILMBOX Moves Its Revolutionary Gaming Channel To Cloud-Based Playout By Evrideo

SPI International/FilmBox shifted Gametoon HD broadcast to next-gen cloud-based playout platform, using Evrideo’s next-generation broadcast solution. Gametoon HD covers e-Sports and computer games and it is IP-distributed to a variety of Pay-TV platforms in Europe and the Middle East with multiple audio languages.

Evrideo is an end-to-end cloud-based broadcast platform that can get TV channels up and running, manage content and deliver professional grade TV feeds to any distribution platform such as cable TV, DTH, DTT, IPTV, OTT and social media networks Facebook and YouTube.

Gametoon is the first SPI/FilmBox channel to take full advantage of Evrideo’s cloud-based playout platform. “We were looking for state of art technology that would be more flexible and helpful to reduce time to market. By starting to broadcast Gametoon HD from the Evrideo platform we were able to first test the ground with our new channel’s concept, present it quickly and simply to potential customers and audiences, then deliver the commercial feed easily with Evrideo’s unique tools” said Guney Yasavur Chief Operations Officer at SPI International.
 
“Evrideo lets any broadcaster to ingest, QC, manage its content, live events, scheduling and graphics on a cloud-based platform running on Amazon AWS with full flexibility to manage the TV channel from anywhere in the world using a web browser and simple internet connectivity. We are thrilled to serve SPI as a leading European broadcaster which joins many other broadcasters and more than 30 commercial channels’’said Avi Zenou, founder and CEO of Evrideo.

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. 
www.spiintl.com

About Evrideo
Evrideo.com is a broadcasting innovative technology leader which developed and operates an end-to-end, SaaS broadcast platform that replaces the traditional TV playout. Founded in 2016 by 3 experiences SAAS and Broadcast entrepreneurs, already servicing 11 broadcasters with 35 linear SD/HD/UHD channels distributed to paytv platforms around the globe. 
Using Evrideo eliminates the hardware costs associated with high-end playout, reduction of operational costs by 40-60%, automation of routine tasks and processes such as graphics workflow and maximized efficiency with one intuitive dashboard. 

www.evrideo.com

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Emily Lara (Glo Creative)
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SPI/FilmBox and Vodafone Spain Extend Their Partnership

SPI/FilmBox’s FunBox UHD Channel, one of the most sought after 4K channels in Europe, has extended its distribution partnership with Vodafone Spain.

In 2017, SPI International and Vodafone Spain launched Funbox UHD in Spain.  Bringing thousands of hours of great 4K UHD content to all Vodafone Spain subscribers. 

 “Vodafone was our first partner in Spain, and it gives me great pleasure to continue working with the Vodafone team, and offering an ever richer volume of native UHD programmes to their 4K subscribers, whilst hopefully inspiring non 4K subscribers to upgrade their viewing experience,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International.

Vodafone Spain subscribers will continue to enjoy features from travel and nature documentaries, arts and culture, lifestyle, extreme sports, and a broad selection of world cinema classics and independent films all in full 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels which gives the viewer four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD.

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 global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers. 

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading distributor of theatrical films an 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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