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MTN launches live HDTV at sea

MTN Communications has announced the launch of its high-definition live television service at sea, in what it claims is a first for the maritime industry.

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MTN-TV HD will only be available via MTN, as the company says the network is managed using proprietary technology. The HD service will be launched with IMG’s Sport 24 Channel, showing Premier League football, Formula 1, Wimbledon tennis, and US Masters golf across 2015.

“MTN-TV HD delivers an amazing viewing experience onboard,” said Graham Douglas, media and communications manager, P&O Cruises and Cunard. 

“We can now experience TV at sea like we can at home.  As we transformed the technology and ambience in our common areas, theatres and cabins, we evolved from small to large screens, so our requirement for HD became paramount.”

According to MTN, the company plans to further improve its TV offering following the roll-out of its High-Throughput Multi Spot Beam (MTN HTMS) service next year.    

“We are proud to be the trusted provider of the world’s first global HD TV at sea,” said Bill Witiak, general manager, TV and broadcast services, MTN. 

“Delivering unmatched, live content at sea significantly improves the experience our partners can provide.  It adds value to crew welfare initiatives and enhances opportunities for vessels to utilise television for operational and marketing requirements.”

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