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New Service Kisses Bad Cruise TV Goodbye

February 25, 2008 By: Travel Agent Central Contributor Travel Agent

In-room entertainment on cruise ships is about to get a jolt of new blood. Wave Entertainment Network, a subsidiary of SeaMobile Enterprises, a provider of at-sea communications, has signed an agreement with Oceania Cruises to outfit Oceania's ships with stateroom satellite TV service, something that consistently is lacking on cruise ships today. The first ship to get the service will be Oceania's Insignia, while the line's Nautica and Regatta are scheduled t receive service later this year.

There currently is a dearth of programming in ship staterooms; most likely a couple channels looping movies, CNN International, and a few channels airing information about the ship or cruise you're on: it's not the highest quality of entertainment.

Wave Entertainment's new platform promises more variety including broadcast networks, video-on-demand and adult programming. The company says its technology is the first at sea. "We have placed our trust in SeaMobile to deliver a television product that not only enhances our guests' experience, but makes them feel right at home," said Bob Binder, president of Oceania Cruises.

SeaMobile is currently in talks with other cruise lines about the service, but no specifics have been mentioned yet. (DE)

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