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Sky Pacific announces new “Paramount” channel

Sky Pacific has announced a new premium channel “Paramount” that will be added to the Sky Pacific platform from today. Digicel Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Darren McLean said from today it will broadcast the channel to thousands of Sky Pacific customers across the region. MCLEAN: “We are excited about being able to offer Sky Pacific […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 1, 2016 12:03 pm

Sky Pacific has announced a new premium channel “Paramount” that will be added to the Sky Pacific platform from today.

Digicel Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Darren McLean with Superheroes at the announcement today. (Digicel)
Digicel Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Darren McLean famous movie characters at the announcement today. (Digicel)

Digicel Fiji Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Darren McLean said from today it will broadcast the channel to thousands of Sky Pacific customers across the region.

MCLEAN: “We are excited about being able to offer Sky Pacific customers a new movie experience with the Paramount Channel. Their vast library truly offers something for everyone in the family including blockbuster films and family favourites.”

Paramount Channel is an entertainment destination where audiences of all ages can experience and celebrate years of films and exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

The 24-hour network will offer Sky Pacific audiences a unique mix of blockbusters, movie hits, cult favourites and  award-winning films a from Paramount Pictures’ library.

Mr. Mclean said that there will be an announcement of content improvement in three weeks time. The “Paramount” channel can be viewed on Channel 49 on Sky Pacific.

A new programming package will be introduced by Digicel Fiji for its Sky Pacific customers in the coming weeks.

(L-R) Chief Executive Officer of Digicel Fiji Mr. Darren McLean, Digicel Group Chairman Mr. Denis O'Brien, Head of Marketing Sheryl Singh and the Chief Executive Officer of Digicel Group Mr. Colm Delves after the press conference yesterday. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
(L-R) Chief Executive Officer of Digicel Fiji Mr. Darren McLean, Digicel Group Chairman Mr. Denis O’Brien, Head of Marketing Sheryl Singh and the Chief Executive Officer of Digicel Group Mr. Colm Delves after the press conference yesterday. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

This was highlighted by the Chairman of the Digicel Group Mr. Denis O’Brien during a press conference yesterday.

O’BRIEN: “We will be announcing within the next number of weeks a new package of programming that will make Sky Pacific even better from the consumer point of view.”

Mr. O’Brien said Fiji is looking positive and plans to invest heavily in broadband connectivity.

O’BRIEN: “Obviously, Fiji is probably the most economically developed country in the region, so we think Fiji is a great place to invest in so we are very encouraged, I was only here six months ago and now we brought the full board here I look forward to coming back in the coming months again to see and meet with my team to see how the business is going. We are very positive in terms of investing more money regionally but also here in Fiji.”

“We are also investing heavily in the connectivity particularly in the broadband because if you look at the region here there is a broadband deficit in the Pacific and we want to play a full role in terms of connecting of the islands, investing in submarine cables, investing in the most modern technology available and archive greater broadband penetrations.”

Group CEO Mr. Colm Delves said Digicel’s plan for Fiji and the Pacific is that it wants to connect everyone.

“We are a total telecommunications and entertainment provider so we see as been in the Carribean and also in the Pacific have been expanding into modern business illusion space, into the TV space, into cabling, into connectivity and providing a full communications package for all our customers so we want to connect everyone.”

Mr. Delves said that Digicel has a full investment program lined up for Fiji for the upcoming 12 to 18 months.

Digicel Fiji’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Darren McLean said his Sky Pacific team has received two types of feedback ever since taking over from Fiji Television earlier this year.

McLEAN: “We have received two types of feedback, to be honest, people are overall are delighted that Digicel is moving towards Sky Pacific and which what we exactly doing but the other side of the coin there are several areas we need to improve so TC Winston affected or impacted about 4000 dishes on Sky customers home, so there is a lot of families there who are without Sky content and are frustrated with it, but we could only get through so much with a short amount of time, so huge amount of loss.

Mr. McLean said the charges on tariffs will not change and the priority is getting customers back on Sky Pacific.

McLEAN: “So a pricing perspective whether it is up or down a couple of dollars we haven’t gone through that yet. Ultimately if we bring on new and expensive content we are going to have to figure out how we’re going to pay for it somehow but at the moment there in no immediate plans to change the pricing of Sky.”

Meanwhile, Mr. O’Brien also met with the Attorney-General and Minister of Communications Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday.

Digicel Group Chairman Mr. Denis O'Brien with the Attorney-General and Minister for Communications Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. (DEPTFO)
Digicel Group Chairman Mr. Denis O’Brien with the Attorney-General and Minister for Communications Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. (DEPTFO)

The AG emphasized the need for more expansive and robust telecommunications infrastructure to meet the increased demands from consumers for both greater wireless internet access and faster download speeds.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “Smartphones are becoming more prevalent throughout the country and that can mean faster and better access to information for the Fijian people. However, that is only possible if our telecommunications capabilities grow at a commensurate rate and we look forward to working with Digicel to make that happen.”

The AG and Mr. O’Brien discussed specific areas of future development in Fiji’s telecommunications sector.

O’BRIEN: “In the next three to five years there is going to be a transformation of the number companies coming here, Telemedicine, for example being a very big area and other sectors coming into the Fintech area to Fiji. So we see that as a great opportunity for Fiji as a country we want to support that and I know your government also is very keen to develop ICT businesses and let them come here and set up here in Fiji we want to play a big role in that.”

Digicel acknowledged their strong relationship with Government since their arrival to Fiji in 2008 and the AG thanked Digicel for their continued work in bringing high-quality mobile network services to Fiji.

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