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Thome adds crew movie service from KVH

Thome Ship Management has agreed a deal with KVH which will see 41 Thome vessels provided with the satellite company’s MOVIElink service, which delivers films, including the latest releases, to vessels around the world.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Part of the Thome Group, Thome Ship Management will initially roll out the service to product tankers and LPG carriers.

“Thome Group is committed to ensuring our seafarers have an excellent work environment, and crew welfare services are a key part of that mission. We see the MOVIElink service as an ideal way to keep crew morale and welfare at a high level,” said Claes Eek Thorstensen, president of the Thome Group.

“And, more satisfied seafarers’ loyalty contributes to lower costs for recruitment, training, and retention.”

MOVIElink content is licensed in accordance with the requirements of copyright holders, with subscribing vessels receiving the required licence for non-theatrical viewing on commercial vessels.

“We are delighted to work with Thome, who are at the forefront of providing effective tools to combat crew morale issues,” said Rob Parkin, sales director at KVH Media Group.

“Additionally, Thome fully understand the issues relating to licensing and are keen to ensure that they offer their crew a fully licensed, great quality and cost-effective service.”

The films are provided in a range of formats, from delivery of hard-copy DVDs direct to ship agents anywhere in the world, to a fully digital service for fleets with VSAT communications capacity.

MOVIElink content is also available via KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service, which utilises multicasting technology to deliver large multimedia files via KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband satellite communications service.

KVH has recently announced that it has now passed 6,000 shipped units of its TracPhone satellite communications antenna systems for mini-VSAT, having added an average of approximately 1,000 systems per year for five consecutive years since 2011.{/mprestriction}

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