A brand new tv channel, OUR – One United Area – was launched final week on ROKU by Anthony Weeks and Kalaloo Alliance Media. The channel focuses on wellness, enterprise information, meals, sports activities – all issues Caribbean.
“The area wants a model that brings the complete area collectively,” mentioned Weeks, founding father of OUR tv and Kalaloo Alliance Media.
The 24-hour, seven-day-a-week channel will cowl pursuits of “all nationalities, ethnicities, and races,” with syndicated and authentic programming in a mess of genres, Weeks mentioned.
The free OUR channel on Roku options musicians resembling Rachel Villanova, Cruz Rock, Shay and Dawn. Leisure consists of style exhibits, sports activities, films and interviews with up and coming politicians. There are culinary exhibits with interviews and excerpts from South Seaside Seafood Pageant and A Style of St. Croix, Bloomberg studies streamed by way of WSTX radio, actual property and small enterprise information from across the area and Asia spherical out the programming. The V.I. authorities entry channel will likely be coming quickly, too, Weeks mentioned.
Launched in 2017, the Roku Channel is America’s No. 1 TV streaming platform based mostly on hours streamed, based on the company’s website.
At the side of the launch of OUR TV, Weeks is providing native companies a free Market TV participant and distant management to permit them to market their companies on-line. Market TV has 70,000 members worldwide and Weeks mentioned it’s attainable to go looking by way of the membership record to focus on promoting. Anybody with a sound enterprise venue qualifies for the free gadgets and streaming service to get their message throughout to hundreds of viewers. Firms can register at ourtv.community/the-marketplace-tv.
“The Market TV mission is to ascertain a digital and digital market to higher help and promote small companies,” Weeks mentioned.
The OUR TV launch celebrated 15 years of Kalalloo Alliance Media, which has broadcast stay occasions, talks by specialists on well being and wellness and Week’s common weekly present Cash Talks.
Down the street, Weeks believes the OUR tv community will encourage film manufacturing within the territory. The community will have the ability to stream films the best way Netflix or Amazon Prime do. As soon as filmmakers notice that, the remainder of the expertise wanted could be put in place to make films within the Virgin Islands. To this point, solely scenes from films have been filmed right here, however an organization making a complete movie within the territory can be eligible for tax advantages beneath the STARZ Act, based on Weeks.
As a Virgin Islander and former banker, Weeks shouldn’t be brief on enterprise concepts and financial philosophy. The St. Croix Financial Improvement Initiative – a assume tank with worldwide membership – was Weeks’s effort in 2007 to affect the V.I. economic system. He additionally labored with two governors to create a inventory alternate within the territory, however it lacked funding.
In 2019, Weeks led a gaggle of politicians and stakeholders on a mission to Taiwan to ascertain a partnership between Taiwan and the Virgin Islands. Then he proposed profiting from St. Croix’s fiber optic potential to develop cutting-edge expertise and create a enterprise hub or “Silicon Island.”
A capital market funding fund – The Alexander Hamilton Alternative Fund – was created to lift $750 million by 2020 to fund expertise growth. That fund is now a personal/public fund in partnership with the V.I. authorities. Weeks serves on a finance committee related to the fund however in a roundabout way with the fund.
Weeks is also working with Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and the Alternative Zone group to encourage the federal authorities to create extra alternative zones, such because the Limetree refinery and Industrial Park on the south shore of St. Croix. Traders can delay or keep away from taxes by investing in alternative zones, Weeks mentioned, and extra alternative zones encourage extra enterprise funding and creation.