SPI/FilmBox’s New Advertisement-Based Digital Channel Filmstream Makes Worldwide Debut with Samsung TV Plus

SPI/FilmBox announced that their new ad-based digital channel Filmstream makes its worldwide debut with a launch on Samsung Electronics’ video service, Samsung TV Plus in the UK. Filmstream is the newest addition to SPI’s expansive streaming portfolio and currently features a broad selection of independent movies and world cinema classics.  

SPI/FilmBox, which operates 42 television channels on six continents, continues to design and deliver new products to meet the ever-changing consumer needs. SPI’s new ad-based digital channel Filmstream offers a wide range of independent and classic movies and will initially launch in the UK on Samsung TV Plus, Samsung Electronics’ free Smart TV video service.

“The rise of on-demand content consumption has left some viewers with the need to unwind and embrace the laid-back viewing experience of linear TV. The addition of Filmstream to Samsung Electronics’ new generation video service Samsung TV Plus, will offer viewers the optimal laid-back entertainment experience through the convergence of traditional and digital television,” said Guney Yasavur, COO at SPI International. “At SPI International, we work towards creating innovative, tailor-made solutions that cater to different consumer needs. Over the years, we have achieved great success in the linear advertising business through our customer-centric approach which continues to remain a focal point in all our endeavors pertaining to online and digital media,” continued Yasavur.

Launched 7th May, viewers in the UK are able to watch Filmstream via Samsung TV Plus which comes automatically installed on all 2016-2020 Samsung Smart TVs and offers over 50 channels to users across news, sports, entertainment, and more.

“I am very happy to have signed our first deal for Filmstream with our long-term partner Samsung Electronics,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International. “Through this partnership, movie lovers of all ages will be able to enjoy a great line-up of acclaimed world cinema classics through their Samsung Smart TVs” continued Twiss.

Filmstream’s current catalogue includes independent world cinema gems and classic movies from iconic directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini and many others. The channel plans to expand its line-up with Hollywood blockbusters and popular hits in the future.

“I am delighted to announce the debut of the Filmstream channel on Samsung TV Plus in the UK.  Film lovers can now immerse themselves in an array of World Cinema, arthouse and independent movies all free of charge within Samsung TV Plus,” said Richard Jakeman, European Head of Business Development – Smart TV.

SPI/FilmBox and Samsung Electronics had previously partnered to bring linear channels and VOD content from major distributors to Samsung Smart TVs via SPI’s content service, FilmBox Live.


About SPI International

SPI International is a global media company operating 42 television channels on six continents. With FilmBox as 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.