Nine channels from the SPI's African portfolio are available on Play which recently took over the Consat service and relaunched it on Astra 2F satellite @ 28.2 E.
The newly rebranded platform has relaunched the entire SPI's TV line-up from Consat including FILMBOX, a movie channel presenting a diverse selection of American and European films as well as TV series, FILMBOX ART HOUSE which lets viewers enjoy the masterpieces of world cinema from the highly acclaimed directors such as Kurosawa, Fellini, Hitchcock, Visconti and many more. Play has also relaunched two sports channels: FIGHTBOX - a 24/7 martial arts network with live broadcast of international MMA events and other TV programming covering more than thirty combat sport disciplines. The second sports channel is FAST&FUNBOX which features coverage of international shows and competitions in such disciplines as car racing (Formula One), motorcross, snowboarding, sailing and many more. Other channels in the line-up include DOCUBOX offering the best documentary films on nature, science and human civilization, FASHIONBOX - a worldwide TV channel devoted to fashion trends, top designers and shopping, 360TUNEBOX - an international music channel and GAMETOON with e-sports and interactive games. While Play is available in Nigeria and Ghana, the line-up in Ghana also includes EROX, an adult erotic channel.
"This most recent relaunch of our channels by Play in Nigeria clearly demonstrates the SPI's ability to deliver unique and top quality content that viewers in the West Africa region find attractive" - said Amit Karni, SPI's Head of Distribution Africa. "We truly appreciate Play's committment to rebrand Consat and relaunch our channels as part of the new service," Mr. Karni added.
"Play, formerly known as Consat, has rebranded and this has made way for more exciting channels on our television platform. Play is being positioned as a youth-friendly brand which is playing in a league that has been recognized as highly competitive, a league with endless opportunities. Play focuses on delivering content and world class channels for both domestic and global audience. This is one of the reasons why we have launched the SPI's channels," said Funmi Adenaike, General Manager at Play.
Global TV operator SPI International / FILMBOX is launching six channels on E-vision, an IPTV platform operated by Etisalat in the UAE.
SPI International and E-Vision signed an agreement, to launch six channels from SPI’s worldwide TV portfolio including a movie channel FilmBox, two sports channels – FightBox HD and Fast&FunBox HD, a classic/independent movie channel FilmBox Art House, a documentary channel about nature and human civilization called DocuBox as well as FunBox UHD which presents lifestyle, adventure, travel and performing arts programming in Ultra HD quality.
Humaid Sahoo, CEO E-Vision commented: “Today’s strategic announcement with SPI International is in line with our long term strategy to partner with global players bringing the best in content to UAE. Etisalat eLife TV subscribers will be able to access world class entertainment and content bringing the best quality to customers. E-vision partnership with SPI reiterates our commitment to deliver comprehensive content to our client as a pioneer and trusted content aggregator in the region.”
"We are excited to bring our channels to E-Vision’s viewers in the Middle East. SPI channels offer top quality programming spanning from live MMA events, Formula One, amazing wild life documentaries to award-winning cinema masterpieces and blockbusters,” said Murat Muratoglu, SPI Head of Distribution for MENA, Turkey, APAC, Russia and CIS, Baltics, Bulgaria and Ex-Yugo. “We are glad to strengthen SPI’s collaboration with Etisalat in order to grow our TV brand and develop our business in the Middle East,” added Mr. Muratoglu.
SPI International / FILMBOX has acquired rights to a new ten-episode epic story of the Knights Templars Knightfall from A+E Studios, the production unit of the award-winning global media company A+E Networks®, as well as the new German smash-hit crime series Einstein from Red Arrow International. The global TV operator announced both series will air on FilmBox movie channels across Eastern Europe and in several other territories as SPI continues its worldwide expansion.
Developed by HISTORY, and produced by A+E Studios in association with The Combine and Midnight Radio, Knightfall is a new, epic scripted series from executive producers Dominique Minghella (Doc Martin, Robin Hood), Don Handfield (Touchback, The Founder, Kill the Messenger), Richard Rayner (L.A. Without A Map) and Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominee Jeremy Renner (American Hustle, The Hurt Locker). Knightfall chronicles the mysterious but true accounts of the Knights Templar, the elite warriors of the Crusades. Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) stars as Landry. Knightfall will come to FilmBox channels in 2018 in the following markets: Poland, Czech Rep., Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania and ex-Yugo.
The Knights Templar were the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages, entrusted with protecting the Holy Grail and harboring secrets capable of destroying the Church itself. Knightfall goes deep into the inner sanctum of the clandestine world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks. From their battles in the Holy Land, to their clashes with both the King of France and Pope Boniface VIII, to the betrayal that would ultimately lead to their tragic dissolution on Friday the 13th — a date which became synonymous with bad luck — the story of the Knights Templar has never been fully told until now. Knightfall takes you inside the world to find out who these knights were, how they lived, and what they died believing.
FilmBox viewers will also get to enjoy the fast-paced, fun crime series Einstein about a young and brilliant university professor accused of the theft and abuse of illicit stimulants – until the police offer him an extraordinary deal: if he agrees to help them solve crimes, he won’t have to serve a prison sentence. And the protagonist is none other than the great-grandson of Albert Einstein. The ten-episode show starring Tom Beck will premiere on FilmBox channels in the fall. Einstein is produced by Zeitsprung Pictures and distributed worldwide by Red Arrow International.
“We have been focusing on worldwide expansion of our distribution footprint and we are fully committed to bringing more exclusive content to our channels across all the markets,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director for SPI International / FILMBOX. “We are happy to bring to our viewers Knightfall, an excellent series which shows both the history and the legend of the Templars. We are also excited to have acquired Einstein as it offers an innovative approach to the crime format and which appeals to younger audiences,” Mr. Uziyel added.
“We are extremely excited to cement our partnership with FILMBOX with a show like Knightfall. We know their audience will love the characters and storytelling,” said Marica Giessen, Senior Sales Manager, EMEA for A+E Networks.
SPI International / FILMBOX has acquired multi territory rights to the new Steven Seagal cutting edge 12 episodes TV Series General Commander. The series will start filming in Europe and Asia in September 2017 and is expected to premiere on FilmBox channels in 2018.
Loni Farhi and SPI will act as co-producer to the series. SPI entered into a multi territory agreement for Africa, Eastern Europe, CIS, the Baltics, ex-Yugo, Latin America, Portugal, Turkey, and the Middle East.
General Commander is a new, international action TV series starring Steven Seagal to be produced by Saradan Media and written by Bey Logan/Phillipe Martinez. The series follows the missions and intrigues of a top secret, rogue, international paramilitary unit created to hunt and fight major criminal organizations in order to stop the momentum leading toward World War III.
“SPI is thrilled to co-produce General Commander and bring this action-packed series to FilmBox viewers. We have been expanding distribution of the FilmBox movie channel in the CIS, the Baltics, Middle East, Turkey, Africa and across CEE. We are now gathering content to launch FilmBox and FilmBox Action in Latin America, India and across other markets,” said Loni Farhi, President of SPI International. “Co productions like General Commander and high level content acquisitions are clearly showing our commitment to our channels and the new markets that we are entering,” Mr. Farhi added.
The series producer/writer, Philipe Martinez said: “We are very excited that SPI became part of this high profile, cutting edge production. Steven Seagal has huge worldwide appeal and we are confident that this new series will be an instant hit among his fans.”