SPI International Launches Filmstream on Freeview

SPI International, a CANAL+ company that has extensive expertise in channel curation and management across Free-to-Air (FTA), Pay TV and digital platforms, announces the launch of its channel Filmstream on Freeview UK.

Filmstream on channel 269, presents the Freeview audience with a unique collection of films unavailable on mainstream movie channels. These are movies celebrated at international film festivals, and those that have won the industry's most prestigious awards: the Oscars; Palme d'Or in Cannes; Golden Lion in Venice, and the Golden Bear in Berlinale.

"We are excited to introduce Filmstream to Freeview users, providing an unparalleled entertainment experience to 15 million households with our curated selection of films. This partnership, facilitated by Global Distribution Services with Axiom managing advertising sales, marks a significant milestone in our mission to expand our global footprint and provide premium, exclusive content across a variety of platforms," commented Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe and Africa at SPI International

After ROK in 2022, Filmstream is the second channel from CANAL+ Group to be launched on Freeview in the UK.

Filmstream is now available on Freeview, channel 269.


SPI INTERNATIONAL (a CANAL+ company) is a global media company operating TV channels, multiple digital products across six continents, and is a major player in content distribution and broadcasting worldwide. SPI operates multiple free-to-air and pay-TV channels in CEE, Western Europe, Asia, and Adria regions including key European markets such as Poland, Czechia, Romania, Serbia and the Netherlands.

SPI International owns a suite of legacy brands that have become household names such as FilmBox, Film1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka, Dizi along with different thematic channels and streaming services, including FilmBox+. Working with over 800 operators worldwide, SPI uses cutting-edge technology providing its subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content. For over 25 years, SPI INTERNATIONAL has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international markets. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. www.spiintl.com

About Freeview

Watched in over 16 million homes, Freeview is the UK’s biggest TV platform. It’s connected TV service, Freeview Play, offers over 60,000 hours of on-demand content and more than 1,500 boxsets alongside over 70 live channels. It’s host to 12 on-demand players, including BBC iPlayer, ITVX, Channel 4, My5, UKTV Play, Watch Free UK, PBS America, Great! player, S4C Clic[1], STV Player, POP Player and BBC Sounds.

As a gateway to the hottest TV shows, boxsets, and movies, Freeview Play users can enjoy everything from thrilling live sports fixtures to the most talked about reality shows of the year – and best of all, it’s built into most TVs already. For those that don’t have a Freeview Play TV at home, a set-top box is all that’s required to get watching.

The Freeview platform is operationally managed by Everyone TV (previously Digital UK). The companies have three common shareholders - BBC, ITV, and Channel 4. Sky is a shareholder in Freeview and Channel 5 is a shareholder in Everyone TV.