The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission - CRTC has cleared the path for the launch of several SPI channels in Canada.

October 16, 2017 | Website

Global TV operator SPI International/FILMBOX and Ethnic Channels Group Limited ("ECG"), a diversified media company specializing in the aggregation, distribution, acquisition and production of entertainment content, are pleased to announce the decision by the CRTC to add seven SPI channels to the List of non- Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution.

These seven channels will provide an international variety of content to Canada's multicultural audience. Their programming includes a Polish language movie channel (KINO POLSKA), a Polish language music television network (KINO POLSKA MUZYKA) and English language channels that include an extreme sports-related channel (FAST&FUNBOX HD), an eSports channel (GAMETOON), an international independent films channel showcasing content from around the world (FILMBOX ART HOUSE), a state-of- the-art entertainment programming in 4K/Ultra HD channel (FUNBOX UHD), and last, but not least a channel dedicated to the world of leading fashion, models, designers, brands and catwalk (FASHIONBOX HD).

"SPI/FILMBOX is now looking forward to reaching a wide audience across Canada and to working with Ethnic Channel Group on the further expansion of our distribution footprint," said Stacey Sobel, SPI's executive VP.

"We are thrilled by Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2017-329. SPI International the owner and creator of these channels is one of the most effective and well-respected media companies and we are happy to be their partners," said Slava Levin, CEO of ECG. "Our affiliate sales department will work with all the major Canadian operators to secure the widest audience to this great programming."

Ethnic Channels Group limited expands aggregation, distribution and production services on a global basis by offering third party content providers digital and television channels, VOD, and streaming sales and technical support.

SPI channels are carried by numerous DTH platforms, cable networks, IPTVs, mobile TVs and Smart TVs in Europe, Asia, the U.S., Africa as well as Australia.

About SPI International

SPI International/Filmbox is a global media company operating more than 30 television channels on five continents. SPI is one of the biggest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. SPI uses the latest technology providing subscribers access to SPI's linear and on demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and FilmBox channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers.

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market. SPI's solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand.