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Flow Ja to launch four new products

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Telecommunication provider, Flow Jamaica, plans to launch four products including three-dimensional or 3D television as early as 2012, the company said at its 5th anniversary celebration last Thursday night.

"We have more high-definition coming down the line. Of course, we will be launching 3D TV in the very near future," said Michele English, president and chief operating officer.

She did not reveal a precise timeline for 3D TV, but earlier said that these services would come to market as early as next year. Movies in 3D create the effect of a realistic three-dimensional field. These movies regained popularity since the late-2009 release of the 3D blockbuster Avatar. It sparked a slew of copycat-3D Hollywood movies, and resulted in TV and cable manufacturers designing 3D compatible TVs.

"A couple of the new products are coming out in the next couple of months. We are currently testing 300 megabytes per second (mbps) to deliver that to your home" said English.

Currently, Flow offers up to one-third that speed for residential customers or 100 mbps, based on online product information.

"People ask why - because we can. All we need to do is a couple of keystrokes on the system," said English.

We are also working on an exciting TV product that allows you to receive Flow cable on any device including your iPad, smartphone, PC, or laptop ... and you will have the exact same interface. That will come down the line in 2012".

Flow will also roll out personal video recording in the clouds, allowing browsers to view Internet sites such as Facebook and Youtube on their TV sets.

"It will be available in the near future," added English, a Canadian citizen with over 20 years' experience in telecommunications, who joined Flow in its first year of operation, 2006.

Flow has invested more than US$240 million in Jamaica to build out its fibre-optic cable system, including a second US$80-million cable linking Morant Point, St Thomas, with the US and Colombia.

Flow is the retail subsidiary of Columbus Communications and is owned by John Risley, president and CEO of Clearwater Fine Foods; Michael Lee Chin, of Canadian mutual-fund company, AIC Limited; and Brendan Paddick.