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SPI International & Rai Ink Deal for Italian Operas


SPI International’s FunBox UHD will air Italian opera content through a new agreement with Rai.

SPI will now present the famous opera Carmen on its FunBox UHD channel and TV app, which will be accessible to all viewers in 4K resolution. SPI acquired worldwide TV and VOD rights to the opera. The Rome Opera House introduced the performance to Rai in 2018 with the goal of reaching a wider international audience. Rai created a project called All Opera that brings the best Italian operas to the world. Carmen was taped live in 4K.

FunBox UHD is a global general entertainment channel broadcast in Ultra HD quality. It features compelling prime-time programming, including documentaries and lifestyle content. In addition to linear broadcast, FunBox UHD is available as a streaming app on Amazon TV, Samsung TV and several local OTT platforms in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

“We wanted to bring the best of the season from the greatest Italian theaters to cinemas around 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,” commented Berk Uziyel, the CEO of SPI International. “Our agreement with Rai will only enhance the wide array of content that SPI has to offer.”

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