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SPI and BBright: a year of successful Ultra HD playout for FUNBOX UHD channel

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02 November 2017

SPI’s FUNBOX UHD channel has been using BBright Ultra HD baseband playout solution since September 2016.

BBright has proven daily its leading software-based video processing technology for 24 / 7 usage by broadcasters, premium TV channels and content owners. More specifically, BBright UHD-24/7 appliance has been the constant source of playout for the FUNBOX UHD channel which is broadcast by SPI International.

FunBox UHD is a global general entertainment channel broadcast in Ultra HD quality. It features compelling primetime programming including documentaries on nature, wildlife, society, music videos, sports, arts and culture, lifestyle content and more.

From its operational hub in Warsaw, Poland, SPI International manages the entire FUNBOX Ultra HD playout operation from pivot file format generation (in HEVC), to content ingest, channel schedule management and traffic file ingest into the playout server. The FUNBOX UHD channel is then routed to Eutelsat for satellite uplink on HOTBIRD.

Marcin Kowalski, SPI’s CTO, explained: “The ease of operation in a simplified and single HEVC workflow, applicable both for playout and VOD, has been a key decision factor in the adoption of the BBright playout solution. Moreover, BBright provides efficient technical support and fast reaction time.”

Guillaume Arthuis, BBright CEO, also commented: “We are very thankful to SPI International for having taken the lead in adopting new technology in this new Ultra HD era. This past year of cooperation has been fruitful for both companies and cemented the base for a long-term partnership most likely to involve additional UHD channels in the future.”


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With expertise in compression, transmission and video processing, BBright provides high-performance solutions to TV operators, content providers and network operators. BBright products range offers advanced functionalities, an outstanding image quality and an unmatched flexibility to meet the various needs of the media industry.

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About SPI International

SPI International/FILMBOX is a global media company that operates 35+ television channels in more than 50 countries on six continents. The SPI channel portfolio includes thematic and movie channels that broadcast in Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa, Asia/Pacific, Australia, LATAM and the U.S.

Global TV brands owned by SPI/FILMBOX include FilmBox, FilmBox Art House, FunBox UHD, DocuBox, FightBox, FashionBox, Fast&FunBox, Gametoon and 360TuneBox. In addition to its channels, SPI is the major shareholder of Kino Polska S.A. in Poland which also operates two DTT channels: Stopklatka TV and Zoom TV.

SPI/FILMBOX has been pioneering innovative new concepts and technologies to deliver a content library which now numbers over 6K titles worldwide.  SPI/FILMBOX is among the largest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. SPI/FILMBOX uses the latest technology providing subscribers access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content including live streaming of UHD programming and TV channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers.

SPI International has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming to the international market for over 25 years. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. More info:


Media contacts

Laurent Appercel
Tel: +33 (0)2 99 12 17 65

SPI International
Jacek Osadnik
Tel : +48 512 097 552