A combination of films and TV will be available on board, as well as news and sports content. An initial library will be pre-loaded on to a hard drive, with fresh content and news updates delivered to vessels via satellite link.
Speaking to Digital Ship when Fleet Media was first announced in April 2014, Inmarsat said that it will be utilising network management tools and techniques to control the download and refresh of data to ensure that normal network efficiency and conditions are not degraded.
Crew will be able to stream the content to their personal laptops and mobile devices, with the content all hosted locally on board the vessel. Inmarsat says that Fleet Media is currently only available on its XpressLink service, but will soon be available across its wider maritime portfolio.
The content packages will be created by NT Digital Partners, which is a joint venture between content agency Spafax and non-theatrical distributor Swank Motion Pictures. Spafax provides inflight entertainment for airlines including British Airways and Air Canada.
“This is a revolutionary service for Inmarsat and for the maritime sector,” said Ronald Spithout, president of Inmarsat Maritime.
“It has been uniquely designed to support the industry in attracting and retaining their skilled personnel, as it serves as a game-changing differentiating factor in recruitment.”
“While life at sea has historically been socially isolated, this service bridges that gap allowing seafarers to be more integrated and connected with their lives ashore than ever before. Fleet Media brings life on land to those living at sea.”