SPI International/FilmBox’s new ad-based digital channel Filmstream has made its worldwide debut on Samsung TV Plus in the U.K.
Filmstream, the newest addition to SPI’s expansive streaming portfolio, currently features a broad selection of independent movies and world cinema classics from iconic directors such as Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Fellini and many others. The channel plans to expand its lineup with Hollywood blockbusters and popular hits in the future.
Samsung TV Plus comes automatically installed on all 2016-2020 Samsung smart TVs and offers over 50 channels to users across news, sports, entertainment and more. 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.
Guney Yasavur, COO at SPI International, said: “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 endeavors pertaining to online and digital media.”
Georgina Twiss, managing director for Western Europe and Africa at SPI International, said: “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 lineup of acclaimed world cinema classics through their Samsung smart TVs.”
Richard Jakeman, European head of business development for smart TVs at Samsung Electronics, said: “I am delighted to announce the debut of the Filmstream channel on Samsung TV Plus in the U.K. Film lovers can now immerse themselves in an array of World Cinema, arthouse and independent movies all free of charge within Samsung TV Plus.”