SPI Places New UHD SVOD App on Amazon Fire TV


CANNES: SPI International/FILMBOX Channels Group have launched an Ultra HD on-demand streaming app on Amazon Fire TV and replaced the FUNBOX 4K/UHD demo loop on Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD satellite with a full-fledged channel.

The FUNBOX 4K/UHD online streaming service allows users with UHD-supported TV sets to access an on-demand library of native UHD programming that spans documentaries, arts/culture, sports and lifestyle content in ultra high definition. Amazon Fire TV is currently available in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Austria and Japan.

Over the past year SPI offered a free-to-air demo version of FUNBOX 4K/UHD. Eutelsat and SPI recently switched from the demo loop to a full channel. FUNBOX will also begin to be encrypted as of October 22. The full version of FUNBOX 4K/UHD will include such prime-time programming as LA Boheme, a cinematic opera, and The Sea Chef, a docuseries. It also airs native UHD docs on nature, wildlife, human civilization, music videos and arts/culture content.

“We are offering a truly unique app and a linear channel which attract subscribers because of the highest quality service,” said Berk Uziyel, the executive director at SPI International/FILMBOX Channels Group. “We have built our satellite distribution and broadcasting on Eutelsat and successfully launched our 4K app with Amazon. The channel is currently carried by operators in Portugal, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and also in Turkey.”