Fig­ure it out, FLOW

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: 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.

BUSI­NESS IS BUSI­NESS

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

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