SPI/FilmBox and Orion Launch Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) in Russia

SPI/FilmBox and Orion Group announce the launch of SPI’s Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) in Russia. As of November 16th 2020, subscribers to Telekarta satellite TV service can access the channel in the extended basic and premium packages.

SPI/FilmBox and its long-standing partner in the Russian market Orion Group, announce that they have partnered to bring one of SPI’s most sought-after channels Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) to Russia. The channel that’s dedicated to “dizi”, a unique genre of series produced in Turkey, will be available to viewers in Russia in both the extended basic and premium packages of Telekarta satellite TV service starting on November 16th 2020.

“Today, Turkish series are the country’s most popular economic and cultural export item, and we are happy to offer this riveting content to viewers across Russia together with Orion Group, our long-standing partner. TDC features many interesting high-quality and internationally-acclaimed series that have been awarded numerous international prizes,” said Murat Muratoglu, Head of Distribution at SPI International.   

Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) features “dizi”, a genre of high-budget series produced in Turkey that focus on riveting stories full of emotion and passion set in beautiful locations. Viewers in Russia will be able to watch hundreds of hours of popular and critically-acclaimed dramas including Kurt Seyit and Shura, Karadayi, 20 Minutes, Five Brothers, Red Scarf, Moms and Mothers and The 8th Day that star world-famous actors and actresses.

“Turkey is globally the second highest exporter of TV series abroad, after the United States. Dizis are now being watched by more than 400 million people in over 140 countries. The booming popularity of dizis has become a social phenomenon. There is a large number of online fan-clubs and communities of dizi followers, including in Russia. In this connection I believe that the launch of the Timeless Dizi Channel in this country is an important cultural event. And we are happy to be part of it,” commented Irina Divnogortseva, Global Projects Director, Orion Group.

Orion and SPI International have been partners in the region since 2017 with Orion operating as the exclusive distributor of SPI/FilmBox channels in the Russian market. Other channels distributed by Orion include: FilmBox which presents Hollywood movies, favorite evergreens, and popular series; FilmBox Arthouse, brings world cinema classics from iconic directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini; FightBox broadcasts electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world; Fast&FunBox offers action-packed programming dedicated to adrenaline sports; DocuBox 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 Erox which broadcasts adult content.


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 Orion Group

Orion Group has been operating in the telecommunication services market for over 10 years (since 2005). The main lines of the Group's business include: providing satellite capacity to TV channels, rendering TV channel support and production services, offering cable networks TV content delivery services, providing individual subscribers with satellite TV services (services are provided under the Telekarta brand name). Today Orion is the only satellite operator with a footprint covering 100% of the territory of the Russian Federation and also CIS countries. Broadcasting is conducted via the Intelsat 15 (85°E), Horizons 2 (85°E), and Express-AM5 (140°E) satellites. The Company is among the TOP-20 largest telecommunication companies in Russia (according to CNews Analytics) and among the TOP-5 largest operators in Eastern Europe (according to Digital TV Research).

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