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Cable and Wireless Communications

Cable and Wireless Communications

July 17, 2015 13:00 ET

Flow Catches the FEVA...

Signs Exclusive Broadcast Partnership in Eight Caribbean Markets

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS--(Marketwired - Jul 17, 2015) -  Flow, the region's leading provider of innovative cable and broadband enabled services, has turned up the heat with the latest addition to its extensive array of channel offerings -- the launch of FEVA TV.

This new and exciting TV offer will be available -- with the basic package at no extra cost -- exclusively in eight Flow TV markets across the region starting on July 17.

The eight Flow TV markets set to air FEVA TV include Antigua, Barbados, Curacao, Grenada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

FEVA TV (First Entertainment Voice of Africa) features high quality content from Africa and the African diaspora in North and South America, the Caribbean and Europe. FEVA TV's programming includes 'Nollywood' films from Nigeria's burgeoning film industry, the world's third largest following Hollywood and Bollywood. The channel also features music videos and programming in Reggae, Soca, the Afro-Beat, Hip Hop, Samba genres, as well as documentaries, concerts, variety shows, drama series, comedy shows and sports programmes.

Since its successful launch in Canada last year, FEVA TV has attracted a significant following. Among the series of high quality international programmes on offer, FEVA TV airs Planet Nollywood, a showcase of top quality Nollywood films; "Under 30," a drama series about the exploits of urban, sophisticated, Under-30 year old ladies in Lagos, Nigeria, in their pursuit of finding a husband before they turn 30 years old in order to conform with local tradition.

Another drama series in the FEVA staple is "Shuga." This riveting series highlights the sex life and relationships of youth in Africa with a view to promoting HIV/AIDS prevention and correct misconceptions surrounding the disease in Africa.

The irrepressible ladies of "Lekki Wives" drama shows the daily lives of five housewives in Lekki, an affluent suburb in Lagos, as they scheme, cheat and sacrifice in order to maintain appearances of having "made it."

In addition FEVA TV presents hot exclusive programming such as Jam'Balaya, an engaging programme featuring people on the streets around the world talking about their favourite music Reggae/Dancehall, Afrobeat, Soca, Hip-Hop and R&B videos; Our original production "Riddim Chat" is an interview show with Yanique, the curvy diva, as she gets music stars in the Reggae, Soca and other African-inspired music genres to disclose nuggets about their lives that are often not in the public domain. Of course, the 30-minute show is inter-spiced with the artistes' best music videos; 360 Feva, a showcase of celebrities from Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America and their favourite videos; and Sooooo Special with Master T, in which the Canadian broadcasting icon interviews music legends from around the world.

According to FEVA TV Chairman, Capt. (Dr.) Idahosa Wells Okunbo, "FEVA TV's expansion into the Caribbean not only exemplifies FEVA's mandate of propagating black, African and Caribbean entertainment and culture, but also provides a gateway for FEVA's push into other natural markets in the United States, Africa and South America. As a Canada-based, 24-hour black television network, we are proud of FEVA TV's role in bringing Caribbean, black and African people together through entertainment."

In welcoming FEVA TV to Flow's Caribbean channel lineup, John Reid, C&W's Consumer Group President said, "The addition of FEVA TV to our existing array of high quality programming is a further demonstration of our commitment to place the customer at the heart of what we do. As we refresh and rebrand Flow across the region, we are transforming the way our customers experience our products and services with the introduction of TV everywhere, enabling viewers to watch TV on any device, anywhere, anytime."

Reid added, "This boost to the Flow channel lineup coupled with a slew of product innovations and enhancements such as customised interactive Advanced Video Services (AVS); Video on Demand; Advanced parental control and the new cloud Personal Video Recorder are all indicative of the high level of enriching experience that we provide as we focus on the needs of our customers".

"Our valued viewers have discerning taste and we are providing unique content and services that are relevant and relatable with high entertainment value," John Reid also said.

Following the successful merger of Cable & Wireless and Columbus International Inc the combined Group announced the refreshed "Flow" as the unified consumer-facing brand throughout the Caribbean, replacing the former LIME/Flow businesses.

About Cable & Wireless Communications:

Cable & Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) is a full service communications and entertainment provider, operating in the Caribbean and Latin America. With annual sales of over $2.4 billion, it operates both mobile and fixed networks, supported by submarine and terrestrial optical fibre backhaul capacity. Through the acquisition of Columbus International Inc. on 31 March 2015, CWC now delivers superior high-speed mobile data, broadband and TV/video services. It has leading market positions in Mobile, Fixed Line, Broadband and TV consumer offers.

Through its business division, CWC provides data centre hosting, domestic and international managed network services, and customised IT service solutions, utilising cloud technology to serve business and government customers. 

The company also operates a state-of-the-art subsea fibre optic cable network that spans more than 42,000 km -- the most extensive in the region -- as well as 38,000 km of terrestrial fibre providing wholesale and carrier backhaul capacity.

CWC has more than 7,500 employees serving over 6 million customers (Mobile 3.8m; Fixed Line 1.1m ; TV 430k and Broadband 650k ) as well as over 125k corporate clients across 42 countries. The Company's leading brands include; LIME and Flow in the Caribbean; BTC in The Bahamas; Mas Movil in Panama; C&W Business and C&W Networks. CWC is the market leader in most products offered and territories served. It is a major contributor to local communities through its corporate social responsibility programmes.

Cable & Wireless Communications' shares are quoted on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker CWC. The company is headquartered in London with its operational hub located in Miami, within close proximity to the Caribbean and Latin America. For more information visit: http://www.cwc.com