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Figure it out, Flow

Published:Thursday | September 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM


This past weekend, I settled into my usual spot in my favourite Manchester United jersey to watch my re-energised Red Devils play in the Premier League. I happen to subscribe to Digicel Play. To my dismay, on the FLOW Sports channel - no Manchester United match! I scrolled and checked and scrolled and checked. The match was nowhere to be found!

I checked with my family and friends and they were having the same issues. Actually, most had it worse because FLOW service is not even available to most of them, especially outside of Kingston, so they cannot even switch to FLOW to get the matches.




Now, we understand business is business, but it seems we have taken giant steps backwards because for at least the past five seasons, we were able to watch all the matches live on the two SportsMax channels and ESPN no matter which cable company we subscribed to. But now FLOW is holding the matches hostage while it cannot provide service to everyone.

As a member of the football fraternity, I can only hope that FLOW is not planning to continue owning the Premier League broadcast rights while not allowing people to see it. If everyone had access to FLOW service, I could understand. This is something that the Broadcast Commission should not allow - an entity to buy rights and then cause a majority of the country not to be able to see it.

Figure it out, FLOW and the Broadcast Commission. Do not forget that consumers always have the power of choice! And please, leave the rest of sports alone until you can figure it out.

Concerned sports fan