SPI International’s streaming service FilmBox+ announced the launch of Smart Channels, now available worldwide. Smart Channels are specially curated playlists of on-demand content that similarly play back-to-back to traditional linear channels. These channels are fully digital and exclusive to the FilmBox+ platform. In addition to FilmBox+’s VOD catalog and linear channels, subscribers can now stream Smart Channels that are genre-specific or dedicated to particular content, actors, or directors.
FilmBox+ has rolled-out 157 smart channels so far globally as well as across SPI’s core territories such as Europe, Adria region, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Türkiye, with channel availability varying by territory. More Smart Channels will be made available in the months to come. “People love watching linear channels worldwide. This is because audiences cherish the serendipity of stumbling onto a good movie that’s reminiscent of the traditional TV zapping experience. Smart Channels combine the best aspects of on-demand and linear viewing by enabling viewers to discover content they might otherwise miss by scrolling through a vast library of programming,” commented Haymi Behar, CMO & CDO at SPI International.
Smart Channels that are currently available worldwide include genre-specific channels like FilmBox Kids, FilmBox Comedy, FilmBox Crime, FilmBox Horror, FilmBox Romance, FilmBox Documentary, and more vertical movie channels that broadcast cinema classics by the masters of cinema or from the 1940s and 1950s. Viewers can also access thematic channels dedicated to various lifestyle programming, including water sports and mixed martial arts. “Smart Channels is an innovation that helps us create new and dedicated streaming channels through our CMS within minutes which is an added value for the operators that are integrated with FilmBox+. Whether the customer likes sailing competitions or Tarkovsky movies, they can now find a channel curated for their taste without a hassle within the platform,’’ added Behar.
More recently, FilmBox+ enhanced its lean-back user experience by introducing EPG functionality for linear channels that emulates the TV zapping experience. Now, the Smart Channel feature builds on this functionality with more dedicated channel selections. By clicking on the information button next to a movie on the Smart Channel EPG, viewers can start watching their selection from the beginning via FilmBox+’s on-demand menu, which creates a smooth transition between linear and on-demand viewing experiences.
FilmBox+ provides instant access to an extensive VOD catalog and live channels on any internet-connected device. FilmBox+’s well-curated content selection from major global distributors features Hollywood blockbusters with world-famous stars, independent world cinema gems, TV series, documentaries, lifestyle programming, and much more. Audiences can access the service at www.filmbox.com via the web, download the mobile app that’s compatible with iOS and Android operating systems or stream their favorite content through the Smart TV app available for Apple TV, Android TV, Samsung, and LG Smart TV devices. FilmBox+ is also available via multiple major European operators.