MTN Satellite Communications today announced version 2 of its MTN Worldwide TV service to cruise passengers and crew delivering entertainment programming and specific cruise content streaming to Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones. Cruise line partners can now integrate additional video and audio content such as shore excursions, ship and port information and onboard vendor advertising for a comprehensive and personalized line-up, anywhere.

MTN Worldwide TV is the first fully digital, multi-channel television service for the maritime industry delivering 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 includes special event programing such as Premier League Soccer and onboard events. Leveraging MTN’s global Next Generation Network, the service utilizes three overlapping satellite beams that integrate seamlessly with a cruise ship’s existing Television Receive-Only (TVRO) antenna and onboard video distribution system to make installations quick and easy. By managing the satellite network and the content, MTN ensures viewers at sea receive reliable, uninterrupted service.

“With MTN Worldwide TV, passengers and crew can now access entertainment and news programming, and other content, from anywhere on the ship using personal mobile devices – from lounging by the pool or in the comfort of their room. Further, this new mobile service will keep crew morale high and help increase productivity while at sea,” said Brent Horwitz, senior vice president and general manager of MTN’s cruise and ferry services business. “Yet another first for the cruise industry that addresses the needs of Digital Natives climbing aboard cruise ships with higher content demands, MTN Worldwide TV enables passengers and crew to stay informed and entertained – making for a better at-sea experience anywhere, anytime.”

MTN Worldwide TV is currently reaching more than 60,000 cabins aboard 19 cruise lines around the world. To date, the service has broadcast 770 sporting events and more than 2,000 hours of live programming on its special events channel, including NFL games, Australian Football League Playoffs, Premier League Soccer, Rugby World Cup, the MLB Playoffs and Formula One Racing.