SPI International’s Filmstream Now Available in 42 European Countries with Rakuten TV

SPI International’s ad-based digital movie service Filmstream is now available in 42 European countries through a new partnership with Rakuten TV. Viewers will be able to access the service for free through Smart TV devices.

Global media company SPI International announces the launch of their ad-based digital movie service Filmstream on Rakuten TV, one of the leading video-on-demand platforms in Europe. Filmstream will initially be available via Rakuten TV in 42 European countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Sweden. Viewers will be able to watch Filmstream on Rakuten Smart TV app through Samsung and LG Smart TV devices for free.  

“We are very excited to partner with Rakuten TV, a key partner that shares our vision of making the discovery of quality content easier for the global audience through combining different business models,” commented Berkin Ecevit, Senior Director of Business Development and Sales at SPI International. “Developed with the consumer at the center like all of our products and content solutions, Filmstream’s ad-supported proposition will definitely enhance Rakuten TV’s offering and allow viewers to discover some of the best world cinema movies in one place with no additional commitment required,” added Ecevit.

Filmstream is SPI’s ad-supported digital film service and provides a curated selection of the best critically-acclaimed independent and foreign language movies from all around the world. Filmstream will be available on Rakuten TV in 42 European countries including the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and negotiations to roll-out the product in other parts of the world are underway.    

“We are eager to contribute once again to the disruption of the entertainment industry with this major step on the growth and innovation on Rakuten TV, which aims to enrich our business model and content offer” stated Jacinto Roca, Founder and CEO at Rakuten TV. “At a time when the entertainment sector is living an unprecedented transformation, and consumption habits are constantly evolving, we are striving to adapt our business model to meet users and advertisers needs at once."


About SPI International

SPI International/FilmBox is a global media company operating a diverse portfolio of 42 television 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.