SPI International launches FunBox 4K channel with Vodafone Portugal

by on July 2, 2015

Stephan Jukic – July 2, 2015

Vodafone Portugal has ventured into new territory by making the FunBox 4K ultra HD channel from SPI International available to all of its fibre customers.

In a recently released statement, the company (Vodafone) has stated that the output of the new channel will be augmented to include functionality for a wide range of 4K ultra HD content that will include documentaries, sportscasts, streaming music videos and movies along with TV programming.

FunBox 4K UHD is owned and operated by SPI International and will be the first ever 4K channel to come to viewers via Vodafone’s service in Portugal.

The channel will be accessible for free to existing subscribers of the Vodafone TV Net Voz service who also (obviously) happen to own their own 4K ultra HD TV with an HDMI 2.0 connection.

According to SPI International, Vodafone has already put together a fairly broad selection of content in 4K resolution for inclusion to the FunBox 4K and this programming roster will incrementally grow over the coming few months and into 2016 to include as broad a selection of documentaries, movies, TV shows and other types of content, all of it in a full 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.

Some specific examples of content include “eye-popping” wildlife documentaries and documentaries of famous regions around the world such as the Himalayas, Cappadocia or Barcelona, Spain. In addition to these, there will be video footage shot in 4K of the San Francisco skyline and giant Asian cities at night.

FunBox 4K from SPI International, avaialble to Vodafone subscribers in Portugal

FunBox 4K from SPI International, avaialble to Vodafone subscribers in Portugal

Finally, and much more interesting to many viewers, there will also be a growing selection of sportscasts, and musical event videos of famous performers.

According to a part of Vodafone Portugal’s statement, “We keep improving the quality of our image and as of today, Vodafone Portugal will distribute a 4K TV channel to its subscribers, allowing them to have an amazing TV experience”. Also that: “SPI is focusing on making as much native 4K content as possible available via this channel and we are only showing those programs that have a high production value and can deliver outstanding visual highlights for the viewers..”

Vodafone furthermore stated that the FunBox, not being a streaming internet service like Netflix, will deliver content clarity and overall quality which cannot be matched by services that rely on unmanaged distribution over the open internet. These “unmanaged distribution” services including YouTube and Netflix, which both offer 4K content to subscribers in Europe.

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