MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - Jun 17, 2016) - In the spirit of the Olympic Games, Flow -- the Official Broadcast Partner and Exclusive Telecommunications Partner of Rio 2016 Olympic Games -- announced today that it will extend access of its broadcast rights to the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games to facilitate other providers throughout the Caribbean to air the event. This means that Flow, the region-leading residential quad-play provider, will not enforce black outs of Olympic broadcasts on competitive platforms. All operators however, will be required to black out NBC's coverage of the Games, due to territorial rights issues.
"We are proud to be the Official Broadcast Partner and Exclusive Telecommunications Partner of the Olympic Games in the region, through our partnership with CANOC, the Caribbean wide broadcast rights holder," said James Tooke, SVP of Media & Content Cable & Wireless. "We have invested significantly to ensure that, working with CANOC, we help transform how the region can access the Olympics. As part of this investment we will introduce new features, options and channels for our customers as well as support CANOC as in a number of their development programs throughout the region. However, we also recognize that these Games are important to the Caribbean and that the entire region should be able to share in the Olympic experience. Therefore, it is also important that the Over the Air stations and other providers can show Olympic content across the region."
This means that sports fans across the Caribbean will be able to watch the Olympic Games on Over-The-Air stations, such as Jamaica's TVJ, Trinidad's TV6, and The Bahamas' ZNS with providers other than Flow, as well as on ESPN. Because of its exclusive rights and other investments that Flow has made, Flow customers will have the most Olympic Games programming available, via 3 special Flow Olympic channels that the Company will add especially for the Games. The Company will also launch specially developed news and features on its regional athletes, as well as launch multiple broadcast feeds and mobile / Internet streaming to the Caribbean for the first time in the region's history. Customers will have access to at least 12 hours of live action per day on Flow Sports and three additional dedicated HD Olympic channels during the course of the Games.
Flow customers will also have exclusive access to the Flow Olympic Video Player (OVP) -- available on mobile, tablets, laptops, and other smart devices. The OVP's content provides full live and video-on-demand coverage of every competition of the Olympic Games, and has other features that include short-form highlights; extra video clips; athlete biographies; photo galleries; up-to-the-minute stats; and 24/7 streaming of the Olympic news channel. Ultimately, OVP users will have access to all of the live Olympic programming produced -- totaling over 3000 hours of content.
Speaking on the partnership, CANOC's Larry Romany said, "Flow's partnership with CANOC has helped to transform the way the region is able to access the Olympic Games. For years, Flow has been a great partner of CANOC and through its various sponsorship deals with us, has invested significantly in our region's telecommunications environment and our future Olympians. By opening up the doors to access to other providers, the upcoming Olympic Games has even greater potential to be seen by millions across the Caribbean, via a variety of audio-visual platforms. We thank Flow for its leadership decision and look forward to doing even more great things together in the future."
About Liberty Global
Liberty Global is the world's largest international TV and broadband company, with operations in more than 30 countries across Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. We invest in the infrastructure that empowers our customers to make the most of the digital revolution. Our scale and commitment to innovation enable us to develop market-leading products delivered through next-generation networks that connect our customers who subscribe to over 59 million1 television, broadband internet and telephony services. We also serve over ten million1 mobile subscribers and offer Wi-Fi service across six million access points.
Liberty Global's businesses are comprised of two stocks: the Liberty Global Group (NASDAQ: LBTYA) (NASDAQ: LBTYB) (NASDAQ: LBTYK) for our European operations, and the LiLAC Group (NASDAQ: LILA) (NASDAQ: LILAK) (OTC: LILAB), which consists of our operations in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Liberty Global Group operates in 12 European countries under the consumer brands Virgin Media, Ziggo, Unitymedia, Telenet and UPC. The LiLAC Group operates in over 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean under the consumer brands VTR, Flow, Liberty, Mas Móvil and BTC. In addition, the LiLAC Group operates a submarine fiber network throughout the region in over 30 markets.
For more information, please visit www.libertyglobal.com.
Footnote 1: Subscriber statistics for Liberty Global (including the LiLAC Group) and CWC are as of March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively, and are based on each entity's subscriber counting policies. CWC's subscriber counting policies may differ from those of Liberty Global. Accordingly, the combined subscriber statistics are not necessarily indicative of the actual number of subscribers to be reported by the combined operations once CWC conforms to Liberty Global's subscriber counting policies.
About Cable & Wireless Communications Plc
Cable & Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) is a full service communications and entertainment provider, operating in Latin America and the Caribbean. With annual sales of over US$2.4 billion, it operates both mobile and fixed networks, supported by submarine and terrestrial optical fibre backhaul capacity. CWC delivers superior high-speed mobile data, broadband and video services. It has leading market positions in Mobile, Fixed Line, Broadband and Video 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 Group also operates a state-of-the-art subsea fibre optic cable network that spans more than 48,000 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 7,300 employees serving 6.4 million customers (Mobile 4.1m; Fixed Line 1.1m; Video 470k and Broadband 690k) across 42 countries. The Group'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 Plc's shares are quoted on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker CWC. The Group is headquartered in London with its operational hub located in Miami, within close proximity to the Caribbean and Latin America.
For more information visit: www.cwc.com.