MTN Satellite sets sail with maritime TV
Michelle Clancy | 30-08-2012
MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) has launched MTN Worldwide TV for hard-to-reach maritime customer segments, like commercial shipping, ferry, oil & gas and yacht customers. The service offers licenced news, sports and entertainment for their crew, guests and owners.
Leveraging MTN's global infrastructure, the service utilises overlapping satellite beams that integrate seamlessly with a vessel's existing Television Receive-Only (TVRO) antenna and onboard video distribution system. MTN Worldwide TV is available in all ocean regions.
MTN Worldwide TV has delivered premium content to the cruise industry for the past four years and currently supports 78 vessels across 20 cruise lines.
"We believe that all sea farers should have access to quality entertainment and current event programming, including live news, sports and special events like the Olympics, award shows or organizational events," said Brad Briggs, senior vice president and GM for MTN Commercial Shipping & Energy Services. "MTN Worldwide TV provides consistent, cost-effective content on a global scale, aiding in building crew morale and delivering on-board internal communications, information and entertainment."
He added, "Receiving secured, licensed content aboard a ship or remote platform at sea can be challenging, yet we are able to do this seamlessly, regardless of location, without requiring a vessel to swap out receivers or change service providers."
MTN Worldwide TV delivers programming from eight major television networks including BBC World News, CNBC, FOX News, MSNBC, Sky News, Sky Sports News, Sport 24 and E! Entertainment Television, and has included special event programming such as the Olympics, Premier League Soccer and onboard events like private broadcasts and training.