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Funbox UHD strikes partnership with Rai for Italian opera

SPI International’s Funbox UHD channel has struck a strategic partnership with Italian public broadcaster Rai that will see it air the best of Italian operas in full UHD.

Berk Uziyel

SPI’s channel will offer Carmen from the Rome Opera House in Full UHD after acquiring the worldwide TV and VOD rights from Rai.

In addition to linear broadcast FUNBOX UHD is also available as a streaming app on Amazon TV, Samsung TV and numerous local OTT platforms in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Rai promotes and distributes TV related rights and Italian content in Italy and abroad. Rai created a project called ‘All Opera’ that brings the best Italian operas in cinemas all over the world.

“We wanted to bring the best of the season from the greatest Italian theatres to the cinema in the world and partnering with SPI will expand our vision to at-home entertainment worldwide,” said Valentina Carrasca, stage director for Carmen.

“We are proud to announce our partnership with Rai to create our unique Rai-Funbox UHD experience that will feature the best Italian opera content captured in breathtaking 4K resolution to our worldwide platform. Our agreement with RAI will only enhance the wide array of content that SPI has to offer,” said Berk Uziyel, CEO at SPI International.