SPI International’s Filmstream Rolls-out in Multiple Territories with ScreenHits TV
SPI International, a CANAL+ company, and the content and platform aggregator ScreenHits TV have inked a new distribution deal for SPI’s free, ad-supported television (FAST) channel Filmstream, which broadcasts world cinema gems and independent feature films from around the world. The channel is now live via the ScreenHits TV app in the UK, USA, Germany, Colombia, Mexico and Argentina, with more territories to be added in the near future.
“Filmstream is a true game changer for world cinema enthusiasts with its catalog of timeless movies and we are pleased to expand its reach with ScreenHits TV worldwide across the USA, parts of Europe and Latin America,” commented Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe and Africa at SPI International.
Filmstream currently broadcasts a curated slate of 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 and is a part of SPI’s expanding portfolio of FAST channels spanning all genres for all tastes.
ScreenHits TV, a new distribution portal for content that the consumer controls, allows subscribers to integrate and manage TV/online streaming services while permitting them to see what is trending. It also gives them the ability to share recommendations and viewing habits with friends.
“At SPI, we work toward delivering well-curated free streaming TV, such as Filmstream, to maximize our audiences’ entertainment experience while reducing their decision fatigue. FASTs have become an integral part of our digital growth strategy in the past year and it brings us great pleasure to collaborate with like-minded partners like ScreenHits TV which prioritizes the ease of discoverability for quality content,” commented Haymi Behar, CMO & CDO at SPI International.
ScreenHits TV CEO-Founder Rose Hulse said, “FAST TV channels are rapidly becoming a cornerstone of streaming as this business evolves, and we have evolved along with it. As a portal dedicated to making life easier for consumers, our goal is to seamlessly integrate the SVOD and FAST Channels into a fluid and integrated UI, ensuring the consumer gets to the content they want to watch quicker, with as few clicks as possible. We are extremely selective about which news and entertainment FAST channels we add to our service to ensure they complement the SVOD platforms. Filmstream’s outstanding library of cinema gems and independent feature films from around the world fits perfectly with our vision.”
About ScreenHits TV
ScreenHits TV (SHTV), based in London, is a curated streaming aggregator providing the leading global and local streamers to a rapidly growing number of territories around the world, including the U.S. UK, Germany, Latin and North America, the Indian sub-continent and Africa. Currently available via a newly enhanced desktop platform and iOS app on the Apple Store and Amazon Fire TV Stick, SHTV is now on Android mobile phones. It will also soon be offered on Metz, Google Chromecast and other leading connected TV manufacturers, as well as new platforms. Officially launched in Spring 2021 by ScreenHits TV Founder-CEO Rose Hulse, the SHTV portal is designed to give control back to the consumer, helping the user to find the right content from the streamers they subscribe to and to better manage their growing number of subscriptions. ScreenHits TV is seen as a new, device-agnostic, distribution portal that is controlled by the consumer. Consumers can create their own TV Guide channel lineup, which in turn helps the user get the most out of their Subscriptions. Fast channels have recently been added to ScreenHits TV to bring in a select number of FAST Channels that complement SVOD. The platform provides users with ability to share recommendations and viewing habits with friends from their own network of social media channels, competitive offers on streaming subscriptions; and a child protection PIN that parents can put on their accounts to guard against any content that is not kid friendly.
About SPI INTERNATIONAL
SPI INTERNATIONAL (a CANAL+ company) is a global media company operating 62 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 Group 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 700 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