Wave Entertainment Network™, a wholly owned subsidiary of SeaMobile® Enterprises, announced today an agreement with Oceania Cruises®, the world’s only upper-premium cruise line, to provide Oceania Cruises’ guests with the first state-of-the-art satellite television service delivered at sea. The first ship to deploy the Wave television platform will be Oceania Cruises’ Insignia. The line’s Nautica and Regatta are scheduled to receive the service later this year.
Wave Entertainment Network delivers an at-sea television platform that rivals what viewers currently experience at home and is a significant change in the world of maritime entertainment. The Wave programming platform is the first multi-channel, interactive television system ever to be distributed to passenger cruise ships in all ocean regions around the world. Wave offers abundant content—both linear and “on-demand”–with superior digital picture quality via its satellite delivered IPTV system.
The television and audio services provided to Oceania Cruises will include linear cable, satellite and broadcast networks, audio content, video-on-demand, adult programming, special events, and other video content typically offered via multi-channel platforms.
“We are thrilled to provide the Wave programming platform to Oceania Cruises,” said Larry Lemoine, Wave Entertainment’s President. “This world class entertainment solution adds to the suite of luxury services already provided on Oceania Cruises’ ships. As with other SeaMobile services, our television line-up allows guests on cruise ships to experience all of the entertainment choices that they could expect on land.”
The Wave Entertainment platform uses a combination of satellite technology – delivered by SeaMobile’s industry leading Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN) – and special caching technology that allows viewers to experience live events and network programming in time slots they are accustomed to seeing. The unique store-and-forward feature of the service ensures that travelers at sea won’t miss their favorite programs while enjoying other activities during their cruise.
“For over a year now we have utilized SeaMobile’s premiere communications solutions for our guests,” said Oceania Cruises’ President Bob Binder. “As an innovator and leader in the cruise line industry, we have again placed our trust in SeaMobile to deliver a television product that not only enhances our guests’ experience, but makes them feel right at home.”
Wave Entertainment Network represents an important component of parent company SeaMobile Enterprises’ vision to provide a host of dynamic communications, information, and entertainment services available in remote locations around the world. SeaMobile is already the market leader in providing broadband services at sea.