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MTN upgrades maritime TV service

MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) has announced version 2 of its MTN Worldwide TV service for cruise passengers and crew.

MTN Worldwide TV is a digital, multi-channel television service for the maritime industry delivering programming from eight US and international television networks including BBC World News, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, Sky News, Sky Sports News, Sport 24 and E! Entertainment Television, as well as offering special event programming such as Premier League Soccer and onboard events.

It uses MTN's satellite network of three overlapping satellite beams that integrate with a cruise ship's existing Television Receive-Only (TVRO) antenna and onboard video distribution system.

The latest version of the system can deliver entertainment programming and specific cruise content streaming to Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Cruise lines equipped with the service will be able to integrate additional video and audio content such as shore excursions, ship and port information and onboard vendor advertising.

“With MTN Worldwide TV, passengers and crew can now access entertainment and news programming, and other content, from anywhere on the ship using personal mobile devices - from lounging by the pool or in the comfort of their room,” said Brent Horwitz, senior vice president and general manager of MTN's cruise and ferry services business.

“Further, this new mobile service will keep crew morale high and help increase productivity while at sea.”

To date, the service has broadcast 770 sporting events and more than 2,000 hours of live programming to 19 cruise lines around the world.

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