FrontM to offer Gizat streaming TV to crews via app platform

UK-based FrontM has announced a partnership with satellite and media service provider Gizat Global Communication to deliver live streaming TV to vessels at sea.

The crew welfare and entertainment offering will make the Loft Multiplex service, optimised for satellite networks, available on board on a subscription basis, with no additional hardware required.

The compression and optimisation technology utilised by the service allows each live TV streamed channel to operate on about 300 kbps of existing onboarding internet. The baseline subscription includes 12 channels covering live sports, international movies and news.

The Gizat streaming service will be integrated with FrontM’s Maritime Superapp platform, used to connect and distribute various partner services, and will be accessible by launching the ‘onship’ application through a browser on a Smart TV or laptop/PC on the vessel.

“Even as little as a few months ago, to envisage a service like Loft Multiplex, optimised for satellite and delivered to ships without the need for additional hardware, was like a dream. This is a game-changer for crew welfare, and as such a subject close to my heart,” said Ronald Spithout, Board Advisor to FrontM and former President at Inmarsat Maritime.

“FrontM’s Superapp platform has the potential to open up and accelerate numerous such opportunities and I’m pleased to see that with their technology they have achieved a successful launch so rapidly.”

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