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Bringing Hollywood blockbusters to the high seas

Bringing Hollywood blockbusters to the high seas
Inmarsat [B2-D21] has unveiled its on-demand onboard entertainment system, Fleet Media, in Asia.

The maritime entertainment system offers crew on-demand videos of Hollywood blockbusters, TV hits, international movies as well as news and sports programmes. Crew can watch these shows on a laptop, computer or iOS and Android device anytime, anywhere on board with a wi-fi or physical network connection.

Rob Myers, Inmarsat’s senior director, maritime market delivery, told Sea Asia Today, “Fleet Media is a service that can improve crew welfare by giving them access to movies, TV programmes, news and sports. “

Fleet Media is available to all Inmarsat broadband service subscribers as an add-on service. Content is securely downloaded and stored on the vessel’s Inmarsat iFusion box. The service is transferable with any upgrade from one Inmarsat service to the next – such as FleetBroadband to XpressLink.

Cerw can then access the content on their own devices. One shipowner has even created a sort of movie room onboard so that crew can watch Fleet Media programmes together.

Myers added that Inmarsat decided to launch Fleet Media at Sea Asia to bring it to the Asian market.

“The Asian shipping market is key to Inmarsat. Approximately 34% of Inmarsat revenue comes from the Asia Pacific region.”

Another product being showcased at Sea Asia is Fleet One, which offers real-time connectvitiy to smaller vessels not previously available to them. Through this service, smaller vessels can have access to the same satellite voice and data services enjoyed by much larger vessels.

“Fleet One has a very low entry price point,” said Myers.

Fleet One also supports Inmarsat’s free 505 safety service, which in an emergency directs a call straight through to a Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre.