AUGUST 28, 2012 — MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) is making its MTN Worldwide TV available to commercial shipping, ferry, oil & gas and yacht customers. The service has been available to the cruise industry for the past four years and currently supports 78 cruise ships operated by 20 cruise lines that want access to licensed content including news, entertainment and sports for their crew, guests and owners.
MTN Worldwide TV is the first fully-digital, multi-channel television service for the maritime industry. Leveraging MTN's global infrastructure, the service utilizes overlapping satellite beams that integrate seamlessly with a vessel's existing Television Receive-Only (TVRO) antenna and onboard video distribution system. MTN ensures viewers at sea receive reliable, uninterrupted service - regardless of location - by managing the satellite network and content. In addition, MTN Worldwide TV is available in all ocean regions. MTN describes it as "a great core TV service to supplement any existing programming that might be lost when the vessel is at sea."
"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 organizational events," says Brad Briggs, Senior Vice President and General Manager, MTN Commercial Shipping & Energy Services.
MTN Worldwide TV delivers programming from eight major U.S. and international 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, training, etc.