As questions linger over accessibility to the popular English Premier League (EPL) in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, Oliver McIntosh, president and CEO of VertiCast Media Group, says that the company will “likely” be launching its own streaming service ahead of the Friday (August 5) start of the 2022-23 season.
McIntosh, speaking on Nationwide News Network yesterday (August 2), also noted that two apps are to be made available, on both Android and iOS devices, some time after the launch of the streaming service.
He said that, while football enthusiasts will be required to sign up for VertiCast’s streaming service, “there is no payment required through the month of August”.
Longer-term subscription packages will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Persons in the region, and Jamaica specifically, can have access to the Premier League via a streaming service that will not require a subscription charge and will be available via our website, to begin with, and then via the app stores on Google and Apple soon in the future,” he said.
“We’re ensuring that people have access to the content if their cable operator does not have access to it,” McIntosh added.
In his response to questions from Cliff Hughes Online host, Cliff Hughes, McIntosh contended that the streaming service would be ready on August 3, or, if not, by Friday.
VertiCast Media acquired exclusive EPL broadcast rights for the next three seasons starting in August 2022. The rights allow for broadcast on TV, cable, radio, mobile apps and online platforms allowing VertiCast, and its partners, to provide full regional coverage.
Running until the end of the 2024-2025 season and covering a Caribbean market of 26 countries and 44 million people, the Premier League agreement with VertiCast is for rights to all 380 regular season matches and highlights.
Major telecom providers Flow and Digicel released statements over the weekend confirming their platforms would no longer offer EPL games due to VertiCast’s broadcast rights acquisition—triggering a wave of uncertainty for Jamaican football fans on Twitter.
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