TF1 looks to digital future with producers’ groups agreement

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has secured agreements with organisations representing producers and authors’ rights societies that it says will enable it to invest further in digital platforms and non-linear services. TF1 has struck an accord with producers’ groups SATEV, SPECT, SPI, USPA and SEDPA and authors rights societies SACD and SCAM. The broadcaster said this […]

SPI brings Dizi to Malta with Melita

SPI/FilmBox has announced a distribution deal with Malta pay TV operator Melita for its drama channel Dizi. This represents SPI/FilmBox’s first distribution deal with Melita, with the channel set to be available in its L and XL packages on channel number 332.  Dizi broadcasts a wide range of Turkish drama series and has rapidly expanded […]

SPI launches revamped Film1 app

Film1, the Dutch premium movies service owned by SPI, has announced the launch of a new streaming app. The new app presents a dynamic OTT infrastructure that allows customisation and updates, along with UI improvements for a better experience on web, iOS and Android and single-sign-on capability.  In addition, the Film1 app on Ziggo set-top-boxes […]

SPI brings Dizi to Poland

SPI International affiliate Kino Polska TV has announced the launch of Dizi in Poland.  Turkish content channel Dizi has rapidly expanded since its initial launch in April 2019, and now reaches 25 million households in 81 countries.  Starting from April, the channel will be available and localised in Poland on Vectra and Multimedia Polska in […]

Vivacom takes FunBox UHD

Channel provider SPI/FilmBox and Bulgarian telecommunications provider Vivacom have expanded their existing partnership to include SPI’s 4K entertainment and lifestyle channel FunBox UHD in the latter’s new UHD offering. The channel, which features documentaries, music, sports, arts/culture and lifestyle programming, has been available to Vivacom subscribers in the 4K Ultra package starting November 2. In […]

SPI/FILMBOX continues to expand via Salt Mobile

SPI/FilmBox has signed a distribution agreement with Salt Mobile. The deal will see Swiss telco Salt Mobile broadcast four thematic channels from SPI’s portfolio. The channels are: FunBox UHD, Fast&FunBox HD, FightBox HD and the newly launched esports channel Gametoon HD. All of the channels will be available in English, with FunBox UHD also available […]

SPI/Filmbox names ex- Doğan exec as marketing chief

Channels provider SPI/FilmBox has named Haymi Behar as chief marketing officer. In this newly created role, Behar will lead SPI’s international brand marketing efforts and will be responsible for advancing SPI’s brand reputation across all platforms, strategic communications, media planning and buying, media relations and publicity. Behar will work closely with SPI’s distribution sales teams […]

French content creators call for technology-neutral movie windows

Copyright societies representing French producers, directors, authors and content creators have called for a reduction in the theatrical release window for movies to three months and an alignment of linear and non-linear pay TV distribution on a technology-neutral basis. The groups, the ARP, SACD, SRF, SPI and UPC, have collectively called for identical windows for […]

FilmBox channels available in Armenia

TV channel provider SPI International/ Filmbox has launched seven channels in Armenia with IPTV operator Hybrid Solutions. The Armenian operator has launched SPI’s basic movie channel FilmBox, Filmbox Art House, its vehicle for independent and classic movies, DocuBox HD, SPI’s factual channel, fashion and shopping channel FashionBox, combat sports service Fight Box HD, exptreme sports […]

TF1 agrees new deal with French producers

French broadcaster TF1 has agreed a new deal with local producers’ organisations that will see it commit to spending up to 12.5% of its advertising revenues on French-produced content over the next four years. TF1 will commit to spending 36% of its total programming investment on ‘dependent’ content, with a 26% ceiling placed on content […]