SPI International to launch FAST channel Filmstream on Freeview

The offer includes a collection of films that are not available on mainstream movie channels. After ROK in 2022, ths is the second channel from CANAL+ Group to be launched on Freeview in the UK.

26 MAR 2024

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SPI International, a CANAL+ company  with expertise in channel curation and management across Free-to-Air (FTA), Pay TV and digital platforms, announced the launch of its FAST channel Filmstream on Freeview UK. Filmstream on channel 269, presents the Freeview audience a collection of films unavailable on mainstream movie channels.

These are movies celebrated at international film festivals, and those that have won the industry's most prestigious awards: the Oscars; Palme d'Or in Cannes; Golden Lion in Venice, and the Golden Bear in Berlinale. After ROK in 2022, Filmstream is the second channel from CANAL+ Group to be launched on Freeview in the UK.

From independent world cinema gems to timeless classics, the channel lineup features notable classics, including "A Farewell to Arms" (1932), a poignant adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel with Gary Cooper; "Charade" (1963), featuring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant in a thrilling pursuit in Paris, and the Academy Award-winning "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1950), showcasing Jose Ferrer's charismatic portrayal of the swordsman-poet aiding a lover's quest. In addition to classic films, Filmstream features critically-acclaimed contemporary titles from around the world such as Attila Szász’s "The Ambassador to Bern" (2014), and Anca Miruna Lazarescu’s "That Trip We Took with Dad" (2016) both celebrated for their numerous awards at prestigious film festivals.

Georgina Twiss, MD Western Europe and Africa at SPI International, considered the agreement a milestone in the company's strategy: "We are excited to introduce Filmstream to Freeview users, providing an unparalleled entertainment experience to 15 million households with our curated selection of films. This partnership, facilitated by Global Distribution Services with Axiom managing advertising sales, marks a significant milestone in our mission to expand our global footprint in the FAST realm and provide premium, exclusive content across a variety of platforms," commented.