Online streaming TV platform FilmOn has signed an agreement with Spanish state-broadcaster TVE to stream an international version of the channel on a global basis.
FilmOn, owned by Alki David, claims to be the first ever IPTV provider to enter into an agreement with TVE to stream the broadcaster’s content straight to PCs and smartphones on a revenue share basis.
It will enable FilmOn users around the world to access the channel regardless of which territory they are in at the time. TVE is the first European state broadcaster to embrace the world of digital in this way via FilmOn, which already boasts 500 other channels that are mostly under license from private broadcasters.
The agreement was signed in Madrid by Fernando Hernández Berzal (on left in photo), channel sales executive at TVE, and Gary Shoefield, SVP, programming (Europe) at FilmOn.
Shoefield commented: “I have been working with Fernando for a long time to put together this ground-breaking deal for both FilmOn and TVE.
“All national broadcasters throughout the world are now looking to the internet to deliver them income, and FilmOn is again at the forefront of distribution to this global audience.”
Fernando Hernández Berzal commented: “We are proud to have signed this deal with FilmOn to be able to explore new ways to reach our audiences world wide. I would like to thank Mr. Shoefield for his efforts and patience that has led us to the signing.”
FilmOn signed a similar agreement with Australian national broadcaster ABC earlier this year, and continues to expand its portfolio of content, that includes 500 channels, plus 45,000 hours of video casts which are updated on a rolling basis.