SPI International/FilmBox Secures Distribution in Canada


WARSAW: SPI International/FilmBox Channels Group has entered into a distribution agreement that sees Ethnic Channels Group (ECG) become the exclusive agent for its thematic and international channels in Canada.

ECG, a TV broadcasting, distribution and communications company, will seek new distribution deals for a range of channels from SPI’s worldwide portfolio. These include FunBox UHD, FightBox HD, DocuBox HD, FashionBox HD, Fast&FunBox HD, FilmBox Arthouse, 360TuneBox and Gametoon. ECG will also sell two ethnic channel bundles, the Russian-language pack comprised of FilmBox Arthouse, DocuBox, FightBox, Fast&FunBox and Gametoon, and the Polish-language package featuring Kino Polska, Kino Polska Muzyka, FilmBox Arthouse, DocuBox, Gametoon, FightBox and Fast&FunBox subtitled or dubbed in Polish.

“We are excited to partner with ECG to distribute our channels in Canada and to provide diverse types of programming to both ethnic and general audiences,” said Stacey Sobel, the executive VP for SPI International. “Our lineup for Canada begins with FunBox UHD, a general-entertainment channel with premium Ultra HD content that allows viewers to experience more nuance and detail, faster frame rates, exceptional contrast dynamics and extended colors. Our worldwide channels FightBox HD, DocuBox HD, FashionBox HD, Fast&FunBox, 360TuneBox and Gametoon have a general appeal to most viewers as they offer mainstream level interest. FilmBox Arthouse should generate interest among film aficionados who wish to have access to independent and arthouse films that are not easily accessible via main outlets in Canada. The two Kino Polska channels cater to a particular ethnic group.”

“Canadians are always looking for new and compelling television choices, and ECG is proud to be partnering with SPI to bring new television channels to Canada for the first time ever, including the new FunBox state-of-the-art 24/7 channel delivering the ultimate 4K/Ultra HD experience,” added Slava Levin, the CEO of ECG. “These top-quality channels will appeal to people across Canada looking for movies, documentaries, adventure, sports, children’s shows, fashion, nature, wildlife and much more.”