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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 

KVH Industries has launched KVH Link, a new digital content service that addresses what the company sees as two pressing needs in commercial maritime: news and entertainment content to improve crew wellbeing and operations data to optimise vessel performance.

KVH Link encompasses operations data services delivered by its patented IP-MobileCast technology to address commercial fleets’ need to optimise vessel performance. The KVH Link operations solutions include CHARTlink—fast, secure delivery of ECDIS-compliant chartsets; FORECASTlink—high-resolution, global-scale weather forecasts delivered four times per day; and YOURlink—delivery of customer-generated content to promote crew safety and corporate values.

Building on KVH’s experience providing crew content and IP-MobileCast, KVH Link provides timely and popular news, sports, movies, TV, music, karaoke, podcasts, documentaries, trending social videos, and more in a sleek new user interface designed with digital natives in mind.

“There is an increasing focus on seafarer wellbeing as the foundation of safe, efficient operations,” sais Mark Woodhead, KVH EVP mobile connectivity. “At the same time, crew welfare is going digital, with increased onboard demand for access to popular content.”

KVH Link crew wellbeing content includes: NEWSlink—daily news stories, clips, and shows in the most popular languages; SPORTSlink—news and video sports highlights and documentaries; MOVIElink—early release movies and classics; TVlink—full seasons of popular television series; and MUSIClink—more than 15 genres of music radio, podcasts, karaoke, etc. KVH Link content is licensed from copyright holders for crew viewing. Accessible for group viewing on a vessel TV screen or on seafarers’ personal devices, KVH Link is available as a monthly content subscription package incurring no data delivery charge.

In developing the KVH Link service, KVH built on its experience with the IP-MobileCast content delivery service it introduced in 2014, which features patented technology for delivering cybersecure, encrypted multimedia content to vessels with mini-VSAT Broadband connectivity.

KVH also announced KVH linkHUB, a new service that provides entertainment content via secure, encrypted content drives to vessels that do not have KVH mini-VSAT Broadband connectivity, or to mixed fleets with a variety of satellite providers.

“Today, all vessels in a fleet need news and entertainment content even when several different satellite connectivity vendors are involved,” said Woodhead. “With KVH Link and linkHUB, we can deliver terrific content to every vessel in the fleet.”

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