Inmarsat launches Fleet Media service, delivering onboard entertainment

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InmarsatThose on commercial shipping vessels will no longer have to wait until they reach dry land to catch-up on the latest films, sports and news as Inmarsat, the provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has today (Friday) launched its latest service, Fleet Media, which will bring the most recent viewing content to those at sea.
A ground-breaking agreement with NT Digital Partners, a joint venture between global content agency Spafax and the world’s largest non-theatrical distributor Swank Motion Pictures, has enabled Inmarsat Maritime to bring Hollywood to the high seas with its innovative Fleet Media service.
A comprehensive catalogue of Hollywood and international blockbusters and television programming, along with sports and news content will be available to crew over the Inmarsat network for on-demand, offline viewing. Fleet Media is currently available on XpressLink and will soon be available across the wider Inmarsat Maritime portfolio.
Watching films, sports and news on tablets, laptops and smartphones brings much more than simple viewing pleasure – it helps keep seafarers connected to the outside world and their world at home, improving their quality of life while aboard a vessel.
Ronald Spithout (pictured), President of Inmarsat Maritime, said: “This is a revolutionary service for Inmarsat and for the maritime sector. 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.”