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SPI International Expands Collaboration with Fubo’s Molotov to Include Fast&FunBox and FightBox

SPI International, a CANAL+ company that has extensive expertise in channel curation and management across Free-to-Air (FTA), Pay TV and digital platforms, is pleased to announce the expansion of its partnership with the French OTT service Molotov, owned by the leading sports-first live TV streaming platform Fubo. Building on the existing agreement, which currently includes the channel Gametoon, SPI International is proud to introduce two new channels, Fast&FunBox and FightBox, to Molotov's lineup. The channels will be available in Molotov’s extended basic package.

Fast&FunBox celebrates the exhilaration of adrenaline-fueled sports, offering captivating programming and thrilling competitions across a diverse array of disciplines, including car racing, motocross, snowboarding, and skateboarding. FightBox, on the other hand, is dedicated to combat sports, offering a comprehensive selection of exclusive content, live events and weekly programming across mixed martial arts, boxing, wrestling, karate, kickboxing, taekwondo among other disciplines.

"We're excited to further strengthen our relationship with Molotov by introducing Fast&FunBox and FightBox to French audiences. These offerings, alongside Gametoon, cater to MMA, extreme sports, and esports enthusiasts, in harmony with Fubo's mission to deliver dynamic sports entertainment to audiences worldwide. With SPI International's channels on Molotov, viewers can enjoy a diverse range of sports content including appointment to view live fights and breathtaking adrenaline sports," commented Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe and Africa at SPI International.

Additionally, esports enthusiasts can dive into Gametoon on Molotov's "Gamer Zone" package for the latest news from the gaming world, expert tips from renowned gamers and YouTubers, exciting tournaments, and much more.

“Our parent company, Fubo, has built a successful business in multiple countries following the sports entertainment model, and we plan to expand Molotov’s offering in the same way”, said Grégory Samak, MD at Molotov. “As a player in MMA, extreme sports and esports - all growing sports in France - SPI international is an obvious partner for Molotov as we go deeper into sport.”

 

About Molotov
Founded by Jean-David Blanc (creator of AlloCiné) and Pierre Lescure (co-founder of Canal+), Molotov is a streaming platform that is revolutionizing access to television (TechCrunch). Available on all screens and connected devices, Molotov offers a unique experience combining linear and non-linear programs from nearly 200 TV channels and publishers in a single interface. Selected in the French Tech 120 government index, the 10 Top Start-ups LinkedIn 2020, and awarded four times ''Best App of the Year'' by users of the App Store (Apple), Google Play (Android) and by AppAnnie, Molotov has been part of the American group Fubo Inc. since December 2021, the world's first live TV streaming platform focused on sports.

About SPI INTERNATIONAL
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

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SPI International Brings New Theatrical Release "Arcadian" Starring Nicolas Cage to Cinemas in Hungary

Following successful theatrical releases in Eastern Europe, SPI International continues to grow its theatrical distribution in Hungary with the release of “Arcadian.” The global media company has secured the rights for the Nicolas Cage-starring horror movie in Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Benelux, and Israel. SPI International continues its partnership with ADS bringing the movie to theatres in Hungary on May 30, 2024. The deal marks another theatrical release for SPI International in Hungary and the expansion of the company’s distribution arm. More theatrical releases in other territories will be announced soon.

“We are excited to bring Arcadian to audiences throughout our territories. The film is an exercise in high tension that deserves to be seen on the big screen. We are pleased to continue our partnership with ADS for the theatrical release of Arcadian in Hungary and looking forward to showcasing it in our other territories.” - said Alexandra PuiuSales Manager at SPI International.

Arcadian is set in the near future, where normal life on Earth has been decimated. Paul (Nicolas Cage) and his two sons, Thomas and Joseph, have been living a half-life – tranquility by day and torment by night. When the sun sets, ferocious creatures of the night awaken and consume all living souls in their path. One day, Thomas doesn't return home on time from a visit to his crush, the nearby farm girl, Charlotte. Paul chooses to leave the safety of their fortified farm, risking his life, to find Thomas before the creatures arrive. Just as he finds his boy, a nightmarish battle ensues, and Paul is nearly killed by the creatures. Back at the house, Joseph is scared and all alone to defend himself against the nightly attack. He succeeds by outsmarting the creatures, even capturing one as he survives the night. At dawn Joseph goes out and finds his brother with their badly injured father. Now the twins devise a desperate plan for surviving the coming night. Thomas and Joseph together use their courage, ingenuity, and everything their father has taught them to keep him alive.

Produced by Saturn Films, “Arcadian” features worldwide star Nicolas Cage, known from such blockbusters as “Face/Off”, “Ghost Rider”, “Lord of War” and “National Treasure”.
 

About SPI INTERNATIONAL
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 ADS Service Ltd.
ADS Service Ltd. is a Hungarian independent film distributor owned 100% by private investor and it has been on the market since 2006. We focus on acquiring and selling all rights for Hungary and selected Eastern European territories (Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech). Our company releases around 30 titles a year theatrically and our line-up contains arthouse movies (The Whale, Aftersun, The Boy and the Heron), big-budget European productions (Jeanne Du Barry, Serian Bad Weddings 3, Weekend in Taipei, The Count of Monte Cristo) and blockbusters from Hollywood (Hacksaw Ridge, Green Book) as well. We also specialise in releasing family oriented content (The School of Magical Animals 1-2, King, Pil's Adventure).

We worked together with well-known European and American companies including Lakeshore, Studio Canal, Hanway, Wild Bunch, IM Global, Global Screen, Pathé, Lionsgate and Fox Searchlight Pictures. ADS’s VOD catalogue contains more then 1000 titles. We also specialize in releasing Hungarian productions on Video On Demand formats, such as 1945, A Viszkis, BUÉK). We are direct suppliers to all major - and local VOD content providers (Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, Telekom, Vodafone) and TV stations (AMC, MTVA, RTL, TV2, VIACOM) in our territories.

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SPI International Launches FightBox with Quickline in Switzerland

SPI International, a CANAL+ company with extensive experience in channels management and content curation, announces the launch of its FightBox channel in partnership with Quickline, one of Switzerland's leading telecommunication and entertainment service providers. The agreement brings FightBox to Quickline's extensive audience, offering an exciting array of combat sports programming as part of the sports pack.

"We are delighted to partner with Quickline to bring FightBox to their audience. Combat sports have a dedicated and passionate fan base, and we are excited to provide Quickline subscribers with access to thrilling events and exclusive content through the FightBox channel," commented Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe and Africa at SPI International.

FightBox presents a compilation of the finest combat sports from around the globe all in one place. The channel offers exclusive content, live events, and weekly programming in some 30 combat disciplines, including MMA, boxing, wrestling, karate, kickboxing, taekwondo, capoeira, judo and jiu-jitsu, among other sports.

Quickline is a Swiss telecommunications provider that has been offering award-winning Internet, TV, landline and mobile services in Switzerland for 30 years.

Roland Kopf, Product Manager TV Quickline said, "We are very pleased about this collaboration with SPI International. The FightBox channel is the ideal addition to our sports package. It offers a very large selection for TV viewers interested in martial arts."

 

About SPI INTERNATIONAL

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

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SPI International Unveils Exciting Expansion of FilmBox Channels in South Africa, Ghana, Botswana, and Across the Middle East with Digital Virgo

SPI International, a CANAL+ company with extensive experience in channel management and curation worldwide, is thrilled to announce the launch of three dynamic channels—FilmBox Action, FilmBox Family, and FilmBox Middle East—in key regions, including South Africa, Ghana, Botswana, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, and Tunisia in partnership with Digital Virgo. The FilmBox lineup will be accessible on platforms such as PLAYVOD, Veedz.TV, Unlimited Streaming, Moov TV, and MTTV. The channels will be part of the basic tier, ensuring widespread availability and easy access for viewers.

"We're thrilled to introduce FilmBox channels on Digital Virgo platforms in South Africa, Ghana, Botswana, and with Arabic subtitles in the Middle East. This expansion reflects our commitment to providing diverse, high-quality content that resonates with audiences globally. We believe these channels will further enhance the entertainment experience for viewers in these regions," commented Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe and Africa at SPI International.

FilmBox Action delivers heart-pounding entertainment spanning thrillers, westerns, horror movies, science fiction, and more. FilmBox Family offers wholesome viewing suitable for all ages, while FilmBox Middle East caters to a diverse audience with a curated selection of Hollywood blockbusters, timeless classics, and popular films.

Digital Virgo remains committed to enhancing its value proposition to Telecom Operators through the provision of TV and VOD platforms that are ever richer in functionality and content. The renewed partnership with SPI International is part of this overall strategy,” added Vincent Taradel, CMO at Digital Virgo.

About Digital Virgo

Digital Virgo is an international player in the mobile payment industry with an offer dedicated to the content ecosystem, DV CONTENT. A catalogue of turnkey platforms for Telcos and a global distribution network for content creators. With this offer, Digital Virgo gives the opportunity to Mobile Operators to be connected quickly and efficiently to key players of the content ecosystem particularly in the areas of gaming, music, video, TV, youth, edutainment and e-learning. An offer which integrates the technical platform, premium content, payment module and promotional features. For content creators, becoming part of DV CONTENT’s services is the occasion to integrate corners and marketplaces of Mobile Operators in more than 40 countries. A strong and sustainable distribution network to address new users and grow their business. Since 2008, the Group has built partnerships with over 140 operators in more than 40 countries, thanks to local teams mainly in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Latin America. Digital Virgo handles over 13 billion transactional hits per year, with a turnover of 430 million euros in 2022 and 860 employees. https://www.dv-content.com/

About SPI INTERNATIONAL

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

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