When we were in Trinidad last month to cover the Columbus Cloud Portfolio launch, we were told that Flow was working on something cool for their customers. I was given a little sneak peak of a Flow Tv app for the iPhone, so it was easy to add one and one together; Flow was going to let us watch Tv on other devices like the iPhone and iPad.
Fast forward 3 weeks and the official announcement has been made. Columbus Communications has partnered up with Elemental Technologies and will be using Elemental Live to allow cable subscribers to access live television and on-demand video across IP-connected devices.
What? Did I say on-demand video? Well yes, yes I did.
Columbus Communications selected Elemental Live to encode more than 250 linear broadcast channels simultaneously, allowing subscribers to view live television broadcasts from internet-connected devices such as hybrid set-top boxes, PCs, tablets and smartphones. In addition, the company is using Elemental Server to prepare thousands of hours of on-demand video content that authenticated users can access anytime and anywhere through a unified application interface.
In the initial deployment, Elemental Live is used to create adaptive bit rate streams for both Apple Live Streaming (HLS) and Microsoft Smooth Streaming. Cable customers in the greater Caribbean and Latin American region, including Jamaica, Trinidad‚ Curacao and Grenada, will initially have access to live broadcast output streams and an on-demand video library on PC, iPhone and iPad platforms. In subsequent phases, support for hybrid set-top boxes and larger screen viewing will be available.
The service is expected to be introduced in September, but we don’t have any pricing details. More information will follow soon, but as a Flow Tv customer, I can say that I’m pretty excited about this, especially the on-demand video.