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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. 

 

 

 

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SPI/FilmBox and Net1 Ink Distribution Deal for FilmBox Extra and Nine Additional Channels

SPI/FilmBox and Net1 have partnered to bring SPI’s premium movie channel FilmBox Extra and nine other popular channels from SPI’s expansive portfolio to Net1 subscribers in Bulgaria

SPI/FilmBox and Bulgarian telecom operator Net1 announced that they have struck a channel distribution deal that renders a total of 10 channels from SPI’s diverse portfolio accessible to Net1 subscribers in Bulgaria. Among the channels is SPI’s premium movie channel FilmBox Extra, which features a curated selection of great movies acquired from major producers and distributors. The deal includes three other versatile movie channels – FilmBox, FilmBox Plus and FilmBox Arthouse – and a wide range of thematic channels dedicated to all sorts of content such as gaming, documentaries, sports, music, fashion and more. 

“We are very excited to announce the start of our partnership with Net1,” said Murat MuratoğluHead of Distribution at SPI International. “Our ten versatile channels will provide Net 1 subscribers with a vast amount of content to choose from depending on their interests,” continued Muratoğlu.  

SPI’s premium FilmBox Extra channel offers a great selection of blockbuster hits and award-winning movies featuring world famous stars. FilmBox Plus and FilmBox present Hollywood movies, favorite evergreens, and popular series and broadcast hundreds of premiere titles every year.

“Our partnership with SPI added quality content tailored to the needs of different users,” said Peter Rizov, Net1 Executive. “These 10 first-class channels complemented the diversity of our TV list. The launch came at the very appropriate time, when our customers, spending more time at home, because of the pandemic, received a choice of more than 200 channels with a variety of topics. To enable all our existing and new subscribers to enjoy this experience, they received from us the entire package of 10 channels as a gift for a promotional period of time. I hope that our cooperation with SPI will continue in the direction of content enrichment, so that we can satisfy all tastes,” added Rizov.

The other channels included in the deal are: FilmBox Arthouse which brings world cinema classics from iconic directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini and many others to cinema lovers; Gametoon which is dedicated gaming content created by true gaming and esports enthusiasts; FightBox broadcasts some of the most 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 360 TuneBox presents new music every week with today’s emerging artists.

 

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 Net1

NET1 is one of the leading Bulgarian telecoms founded over a decade ago.

The telecom offers its clients a variety of services (internet, television, mobile television, interactive television, flexible and individual business solutions, video surveillance for businesses, etc.) with an accent on quality service and high level of technical support. The company business philosophy combines the desire to provide premium quality services while developing close and friendly, long-term relationships with customers, employees and partners, based on mutual understanding, integrity and respect.

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SPI International's FilmBox On Demand Now Available on PostTV and Alteox.stream

SPI/FilmBox and Alteox Media Consulting have signed a new distribution deal to bring SPI’s FilmBox On Demand to multiple operators including POST Luxembourg.

SPI/FilmBox and Alteox Media Consulting have inked a new deal which will render the new FilmBox On Demand (FBOD) content available to all operators connected to alteox.stream b2b Video-on-Demand platform. POST Luxembourg, the leading IPTV provider in the nation which offers new and innovative approaches to pay-tv, will lead the launch. 

We are excited to expand our partnership with Alteox and Post to include our FilmBox On Demand service, which is easily integrated into established platforms,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International.The integration of FilmBox On Demand into Alteox’s service is in line with our mutual objective of making a diverse range of quality content more accessible to a wider audience,” continued Twiss.

FilmBox On Demand will allow PostTV subscribers to access specially-curated SPI titles, including movies and thematic content, to be served through the OTT extensions of established platforms under a branded corner. This will include Hollywood blockbusters, award-winning world cinema gems to arthouse classics under a branded corner. Other VOD content accessible to users through this collaboration include TV series, visually ground-breaking documentaries, lifestyle programming, adrenaline sports entertainment, esports and mixed-martial arts tournaments.

Alteox Media Consulting is the exclusive content provider for PostTV offer and was at the forefront in facilitating this partnership. Sven Breckler, CEO Alteox, noted that "We are happy to be expanding the diversity of content on all our platforms, and are excited to bring FilmBox on Demand to our subscribers and clients. Our goal is to ensure high quality and diverse content for our subscribers and SPI/FilmBox brings that on board."

FilmBox On Demand is now available to all PostTV subscribers. It is also available to IPTV operators looking to expand or launch video-on-demand on their networks and will be delivered to meet the needs of each platform through alteox.stream.

SPI/FilmBox is a global media company operating 42 television channels in six continents and already distributes its full portfolio of SPI channels, including the first global Turkish drama channel Timeless Drama Channel (TDC), which reaches over 5 million homes globally, on PostTV.

 

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. 

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SPI/FilmBox and Telecable Partner to Bring Ten In-Demand Channels to Bulgaria

SPI/FilmBox and Bulgarian television operator and internet service provider Telecable have signed their first channel distribution deal for ten in-demand channels from SPI’s expansive portfolio, including the flagship movie channel, FilmBox.

SPI/FilmBox and Bulgarian telecom operator Telecable announced that they have struck their first ever channel distribution deal. According to the agreement Telecable subscribers will have access to ten of SPI international’s most sought-after channels, including their flagship movie channel FilmBox, which reaches 30 million households worldwide. Viewers will get to enjoy four movie channels – FilmBox, FilmBox Extra, FilmBox Plus and FilmBox Arthouse – and a wide range of thematic channels that offer a variety of programming dedicated to gaming, documentaries, sports, music, fashion and more. 

“We are delighted to be partnering with Telecable to bring ten popular channels from SPI’s wonderful world of great entertainment to the Bulgarian audience,” Murat MuratoğluHead of Distribution at SPI International. “These ten channels feature versatile content for every taste, ranging from movies to lifestyle programming, which we are confident the Bulgarian audience will enjoy very much,” continued Muratoğlu.  

SPI’s FilmBox, FilmBox Extra and FilmBox Plus bring a large selection of Hollywood blockbusters, favorite evergreens and popular movies to audiences’ homes.

The other channels included in the deal are: FilmBox Arthouse which brings world cinema classics from iconic directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini and many others to cinema lovers; Gametoon which is dedicated gaming content created by true gaming and esports enthusiasts; FightBox broadcasts some of the most 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 360 TuneBox presents new music every week with today’s emerging artists.

“Today FilmBox channels provide one of the most diverse and attractive content in all genres on the Bulgarian pay-TV market,” said Telecable AD CEO Angel Vassilev. “We are happy with the opportunity to distribute FilmBox channels through the Telekabel network and we believe that the only way to make our customers more satisfied is to give them new and quality films, sports, shows and entertainments, all of this in the FilmBox channels,” added Vassilev.

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 Telecable

Telecable founded the cable network in 1994. At that time, cable television was a well-known service in the developed countries of the West, but for Bulgaria it was something completely new. Today, 25 years later, the company has built a high-tech optical network and digital HDTV based on new technology, covering more than 60 settlements in the region - from municipal centers to small villages. Their residents have access to all services offered by Telecable. Thanks to the company's efforts, high-tech entertainment is now available to thousands of households. The company is one of the first in Bulgaria to build and develop a MAN network in the city of Pazardzhik and the region. In the summer of 2013 Telecable started the construction of PON - Passive Optical Network, which covers half of Telecable's network.

Telecable has 14 sales offices in the districts of Pazardzhik, Plovdiv and Sofia. Our mission is to provide our customers with quality and adequate service depending on their needs.

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