SPI International’s FightBox Launches with Canal+ Group in Ethiopia

SPI/FilmBox has struck a distribution deal with Canal+ Group to bring its combat sports entertainment hub FightBox to Ethiopia

SPI/FilmBox and Canal+ Group, a major international Pay TV player operating in 40 countries in Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa, announce the launch of SPI’s combat sports entertainment destination FightBox on the latter’s platform in Ethiopia. FightBox will be offered in the English language and will be available to subscribers in the basic “DESTA” package.

“I am very happy to be supporting Canal+ Group in this new adventure. We have a strong partnership together across many territories and it’s always great to be there at the start of a new platform launch,” commented Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International. “MMA enthusiasts in Ethiopia can now tune in to some of the most exciting combat sports live events on FightBox with Canal+ and feel the rush of the ring from the comfort of their own homes,” added Twiss.     

FightBox, which is also available to Canal+ subscribers in Myanmar, broadcasts some of the most electrifying combat sports live events and multi-discipline mixed martial arts coverage from all over the world including Fight Exclusive Night, Cage Fury Fighting Championship, King of Kings Hero’s World Series, Makowski Fighting Championship, Superkombat, Oktagon and more.

“Our new CANAL+ Ethiopia offer combines quality and diversity through popular thematic channels and varied contents. In this context, we are very pleased to bring to the new Ethiopian subscribers FightBox, which perfectly meets their expectations. This unique fight combat sports channel will offer them great moments!” declared Alexandre Gruner, SVP Channels Acquisitions and Partnerships for CANAL+ INTERNATIONAL.

Canal+ Group provides SPI’s linear and on-demand services to its subscribers in many countries globally, including The Netherlands, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and Myanmar.
“CANAL+ ETHIOPIA” is a dedicated offer distributed in Ethiopia by BRUH ENTERTAINMENT Plc, an Ethiopian independent company and its distribution network.


About SPI International

SPI International/FilmBox is a global media company operating a diverse portfolio of 42 linear channels and digital services on six continents. FilmBox being its flagship movie service, 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 90 million subscribers with access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox service on any internet-connected device via major global streaming players as well as local OTT providers. SPI recently added to its portfolio Film1 premium movie services in The Netherlands, including four linear offers and an on-demand service. 

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading supplier 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 Canal+ Group

The CANAL+ Group is a leader in the publishing of premium channels - the CANAL+ channels - and thematic channels as well as in the distribution of pay television offers. Internationally, the CANAL+ Group is experiencing strong growth with a presence in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Pacific. In total, the CANAL+ Group has almost 22 million subscribers worldwide, including 8.6 million in mainland France. With STUDIOCANAL, the CANAL+ Group is also a European leader in the production, acquisition, and distribution of cinema films and TV series. The CANAL+ Group is 100% owned by Vivendi, an international group in the production and creation of content. The CANAL+ Group entered into a distribution agreement with an independent company, BRUH ENTERTAINMENT, for the distribution of CANAL+ETHIOPIA offers in Ethiopia.