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MTN expands TV offering

MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) has announced that its MTN Worldwide TV service is now available to commercial shipping customers.

MTN Worldwide TV offers licensed TV content including news, entertainment and sports for ships at sea, and the company claims it to be the first fully-digital, multi-channel television service for the maritime industry.

The TV package utilises overlapping satellite beams that integrate with a vessel’s existing Television Receive-Only (TVRO) antenna and onboard video distribution system.

MTN says it can ensure that viewers at sea will receive uninterrupted service - regardless of location - by managing the satellite network and content.

In addition, the TV service is available in all ocean regions and can supplement existing programming that might be lost when the vessel is at sea.

MTN Worldwide TV has already been in use by the cruise industry for the past four years and currently supports 78 vessels across 20 cruise lines.

“We believe that all seafarers should have access to quality entertainment and current event programming, including live news, sports and special events like the Olympics, award shows or organisational events,” said Brad Briggs, senior vice president and general manager, MTN Commercial Shipping & Energy Services.

“MTN Worldwide TV provides consistent, cost effective content on a global scale, aiding in building crew morale and delivering onboard internal communications, information and entertainment.”

“Receiving secured, licenced 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.”

Programming from eight major US and international television networks, including BBC World News, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, Sky News, Sky Sports News, Sport 24 and E! Entertainment Television, is included, as well as special event programming such as the Olympics, Premier League football and onboard events like private broadcasts or training.

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