Channel provider SPI/FilmBox’s new ad-based digital channel Filmstream has launched on Samsung Electronics’ video service, Samsung TV Plus in the UK.
Launched on May 7, Filmstream will now be available via a service that comes automatically installed on all 2016-2020 Samsung Smart TVs and offers over 50 channels to users across news, sports, entertainment, and other genres.
The current catalogue includes movies from directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini and others. The channel plans to expand its line-up with major Hollywood movies and popular hits in the future.
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.
“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. 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 endeavours pertaining to online and digital media,” said Guney Yasavur, COO at SPI International.
“I am very happy to have signed our first deal for Filmstream with our long-term partner Samsung Electronics. 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,” said Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe & Africa at SPI International.
“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.