DVS Announces Distribution Agreement with France 24

International News Channel FRANCE 24 Now Available on CRUISESAT

Miramar, FL – October 8, 2020 – Digital Video Systems (DVS), a maritime systems integration and telecommunications provider, is proud to announce the continuation of its global expansion with the addition of the France 24, an international news and current affairs network based in Paris, France. Available now through CRUISESAT, DVS’s leading-edge satellite direct to ship (DTS) entertainment television service platform, the international news channel that broadcasts 24/7 to 355 million households around the world is now viewable to mariners onboard the cruise ships, expedition cruises and maritime vessels serviced by DVS.

“We are thrilled to have added yet another top-tier international channel to our ever-expanding content line-up,” said Chuck Sackermann, chief executive officer of Digital Video Systems. “The addition of France 24 as our newest content provider solidifies our commitment of providing worldwide quality programming.”

France 24 gives a French perspective on global affairs through a network of 160 correspondent bureaus located in nearly every country. The four channels have a combined weekly viewership of 61.2 million viewers (measured in 67 of the 183 countries where the channel is broadcast). Every month, France 24’s digital platforms attract 16.5 million visits, 45.6 million video views (2018 average) and 38.2 million followers on Facebook and Twitter (October 2018).

CRUISESAT was developed to deliver high-definition news, entertainment, sports and cultural networks to the maritime market using single-antenna systems for all video content including linear television channels and nonlinear video content, multicultural programming, audio content and branded networks. CRUISESAT service is currently available onboard multiple maritime vessels and select ships operated by three of the largest cruise lines.

About Digital Video Systems

DVS has been a leading provider of maritime and land-based telecommunications, managed services and systems integration using state-of-the-art technology for 40 years. DVS has leveraged its knowledge of telecommunications technology and video systems integration to create CRUISESAT (www.cruisesat.com), the premier satellite direct-to-ship and vessel entertainment television service platform that delivers popular high-definition and standard-definition news, entertainment, sports and cultural networks to the maritime market.

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CRUISESAT by Digital Video Systems Streamlines Maritime Media Content Delivery

CruiseSat delivers large files at fast speeds, using advanced forward error correction, compression and encryption.   

Miramar, FL – August 25, 2020 – CruiseSat delivers content securely over satellite, terrestrial and one-way networks directly to authorized appliances at thousands of sites. Through innovative technology, Digital Video Systems is redefining the supply chain of media and entertainment to cruise, luxury yacht and commercial shipping markets.

Using leading edge technology, CRUISESAT is helping customers transition away from shipping physical hardware to digital distribution over one-way networks. With best in class support, Digital Video Systems’ dynamic ecosystem can provide delivery of any type of data through one common platform via existing TVRO infrastructure, thus reducing costs and improving efficiency of data workflows at receive sites.

“At Digital Video Systems we are constantly looking at ways to meet the challenges of the maritime industry,” said Cristian Tache, VP Product Development at Digital Video Systems. “By utilizing an IP (internet protocol) centric platform, we’ve developed a distribution system that is both efficient and cost-effective. We are constantly pushing the envelope to bring our clients more services at an attractive price.”

A versatile platform for enterprise content delivery, Cruisesat is ideal for movie studios, TV and news networks, retail institutions and corporate communications to provide secure and reliable delivery of multimedia content over satellite, terrestrial and mobile networks.

Launched in June 2017, CRUISESAT was developed to deliver high-definition news, entertainment, sports and cultural networks to the maritime market using single-antenna systems for all video content including linear television channels and VOD, multicultural programming, audio content and branded networks. CRUISESAT service is currently available worldwide onboard multiple maritime vessels and ships operated by three of the largest cruise lines.

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Digital Video Systems Adds BBC World News to CRUISESAT Portfolio

Satellite Entertainment Platform Continues Global Expansion with New Channel

Miramar, FL – June 30, 2020 – Digital Video Systems (DVS), a maritime systems integration and telecommunications provider, is continuing its global expansion by adding BBC World News to its premium content line-up. The high-definition channel is now available onboard via CRUISESAT, DVS’s leading-edge satellite direct to ship (DTS) entertainment television service platform. The addition of BBC World News, which broadcasts a diverse mix of international news, sport, weather, business, current affairs and documentary programming, brings CRUISESAT’s content offerings to over 25 premiere networks available for worldwide viewing.

“We are pushing full steam ahead with our global expansion by adding quality international programming such as BBC World News,” said Chuck Sackermann, chief executive officer of Digital Video Systems. “With the inclusion of the international 24-hour news channel, our customers now join the networks audience that reaches over 200 countries and territories globally. We will continue to grow our content offerings to provide programming for worldwide enjoyment.”

Through exclusive partnerships with premier content providers such as BBC World News, CRUISESAT users are provided with a cost-effective solution to providing their customers with quality, high-definition (HD) media content. Using leading edge technology, CRUISESAT’s HD content is encoded, encrypted and delivered to the cruise ships and maritime vessels using their existing TVRO (television receive only) antennae.

Launched in June 2017, CRUISESAT was developed to deliver high-definition news, entertainment, sports and cultural networks to the maritime market using single-antenna systems for all video content including linear television channels and nonlinear video content, multicultural programming, audio content and branded networks. CRUISESAT service is currently available onboard multiple maritime vessels and select ships operated by three of the largest cruise lines.

About Digital Video Systems

DVS has been a leading provider of maritime and land-based telecommunications, managed services and systems integration using state-of-the-art technology for 40 years. DVS has leveraged its knowledge of telecommunications technology and video systems integration to create CRUISESAT (www.cruisesat.com), the premier satellite direct-to-ship and vessel entertainment television service platform that delivers popular high-definition and standard-definition news, entertainment, sports and cultural networks to the maritime market.

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CruiseSAT goes global, offers new premium and live content

CruiseSAT is branching out from the Americas to offer global services and new premium and live content. ‘We’re excited about expanding to the rest of the world,’ said Charles Sackermann, CEO of Digital Video Systems (DVS), the long-established parent company of CruiseSAT.

Until now, there hasn’t been much competition in the space, according to DVS maritime consultant Shannon McKee of Access Cruise.

‘We’re bringing more variety, more flexibility and additional options,’ Sackermann said. ‘The technology we’re using allows us to give a higher performance.’

Single satellite downlink

CruiseSAT provides high-definition and standard-definition linear networks including news, sports, entertainment and specialty networks and on-demand content using a single satellite downlink.

After launching in 2017 with Carnival Cruise Line as its first customer, CruiseSAT added Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises — but for services only in the Americas. Now, by going global, the door is open to all lines.

DVS provides satellite engineering, services and support for some 250 cruise ships worldwide and Sackermann said CruiseSAT was developed after listening to those customers’ needs. CruiseSAT is now aboard more than 50 cruise ships so ‘we see a large runway for our expansion.’

And having global reach makes it possible to serve emerging markets like the expedition cruise segment with its far-flung deployment.

News, sports, entertainment, live events

From a content perspective, CruiseSAT has master agreements with key partners and works closely with cruise lines to develop a package that best suits their demographics. The portfolio includes BBC World News, CNN, CBS News, FOX Business, Travel Channel, Food Network, HGTV, Discovery Channel, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Rai Italia and Deutsche Welle.

CruiseSAT worked with partner ViacomCBS for Nickelodeon content to create kids’ programming; Nick at Sea is unique to cruise lines.

Among the other available content is GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV of the Philippines, ET Live, CNBC, MSNBC and Newsmax TV.

The sports portfolio includes ESPN, SEC ESPN, ESPNU, NFL Network and others. Last year more than 1,000 hours of prime events like NCAA March Madness Final Four, NFL games and the Super Bowl were available.

Cost-effective solutions

During this challenging period for the cruise industry, ‘It’s even more important for us to bring cost-effective solutions to our customers,’ Sackermann said. ‘We’re a trusted partner. We’ll continue to work with them through these difficult times.

‘We’re pushing the envelope to be cost-conscious and bring solutions that have high value but are reasonably priced.’

Story originally published on seatrade-cruise.com.

Primeview USA Inks Partnership with Digital Video Systems

Cruise going passengers will soon have access to Cutting Edge LED Display Technology onboard

Miramar, FL, January 9, 2020 – Through an exclusive partnership agreement with Primeview, Digital Video System’s customers can soon experience this cutting-edge technology first-hand onboard cruise vessels as DVS will sell, install and service all Primeview products for the Cruise ship industry. Primeview’ s line of turn-key LED includes the world’s most flexible, Full HD (1920×1080), 16:9 aspect ratio standard, bezel-free panel display, and eliminates the concerns required with other video wall solutions.  Digital Video Systems (DVS) is always looking for new ways to provide innovative technologies for land and sea.

“The vision of Primeview is to provide a consistent quality of experience, leading to higher customer engagement and ROI through increased user adoption of video. Our system integrator partners are an integral component in service delivery”, says Chanan Averbuch, EVP of Primeview.  “Digital Video Systems is the perfect partner to introduce our FusionMAX solutions to the Cruise industry”.

In addition to supporting the cruise industry with the best products, services and technical support, Digital Video Systems also provides state-of-the-art Broadcast, Audio Visual, Video Conferencing, Control, Lighting, Head-end, CCTV and Fiber Optic solutions for our customers; all while providing 24/7 technical support.  As we continue to expand our products and services, DVS remains committed to delivering the latest technologies to the global markets.

The FusionMAX solutions are available in a striking 110”, 138”, 165” or 220″, it excels as a solution for digital signage, up-close immersive use, and virtually everything in between. And its scalable building block LED means it can be installed in a wider variety of spaces for maximum impact.  “This flexibility is key for the Maritime industry”, says Chuck Sackermann, CEO of Digital Video Systems.  “We have a variety of clients from yachts to cruise lines to onboard retailers and they are all looking for something unique that delivers the best user experience.  Primeview offers the perfect line of products.”

Through the years, Primeview has partnered with broadcast networks such as CBS and ESPN to supply their video walls.  As Primeview expands their customer base, the maritime industry is a great fit.  Their walls are described as a “step into the future.” In addition to the video walls, Primeview offers touchscreens and their technology solutions can be found in board rooms, museums, retail stores, hotels, casinos and soon cruise ships.

In addition to the FusionMAX offering, Primeview has recently developed a new portable version to simplify the deployment process. As with the UHD and FHD line of FusionMAX, the new FusionMAX2GO products are completely front-serviceable and cable-free as well. The 2GO solution now fits through doorways and elevators and also comes standard with a mechanical lift to adjust the height of the LED wall as well as a road-case for easy logistics.

 

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About – PRIMEVIEW:  Primeview is a privately held global manufacturing company that was launched in 1997 specializing in advanced display solutions, with a focus on the industrial market. Primeview manufactures on the most advanced ISO-certified production lines, maintaining high quality control standards to build products for the most demanding markets. Primeview offers a true “one-stop shop” for display solutions from touchscreens, video walls and specialty. The company’s solutions can be found in board rooms, museums, casinos, retail stores, hotels, and properties around the globe. For more information, please visit us at www.primeviewglobal.com or socialize with us on FacebookYouTubeTwitter and Linkedin.

About – DIGITAL VIDEO SYSTEMS:  DVS has been a leading provider of maritime and land-based telecommunications, managed services and video solutions to the maritime industry using state-of-the-art technology for over 45 years. DVS leveraged its knowledge of telecommunications technology and video systems integration to create CRUISESAT (www.cruisesat.com), the premier satellite direct to ship and vessel entertainment television service platform that delivers popular high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) news, entertainment, sports and cultural networks to the maritime market in the Caribbean, United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East using a single antenna system for video content including linear television networks, video on demand, multicultural programming, audio content and privately branded networks for cruise ships and maritime vessels. For more information, visit www.digitalvideosystems.net.

CRUISESAT Entertainment System Launches on Four Royal Caribbean International Ships

Top-tier television content delivery service to be available on eight Royal ships in 2020

MIRAMAR, Fla. (Oct. 21, 2019) Maritime Mobile Communications LLC d/b/a Digital Video Systems has launched CRUISESAT on four Royal Caribbean International ships. CRUISESAT is the premier satellite direct-to-ship and vessel-entertainment service for the maritime industry, featuring top-tier entertainment television content.

CRUISESAT will provide guests and crew members of Royal Caribbean International with an expanded high-definition sports portfolio lineup featuring marquee U.S. (National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, NASCAR, Indy Racing League, all golf and tennis Grand Slam events) and major international (UEFA Champions League and other top soccer, cricket and more) sports from ESPN flagship networks, as well as college athletics from SEC Network and ESPN U.

“Our direct-to-ship delivery of CRUISESAT to Royal Caribbean International provides an elevated linear television sports and entertainment experience for Royal’s guests and crew members,” said Chuck Sackermann, chief executive officer of Digital Video Systems. “We are excited and honored to have Royal Caribbean International as a CRUISESAT customer as they expand their entertainment content lineup to include the very best linear television services available within the territory.”

“Royal Caribbean always strives to provide the very best entertainment experience possible and that includes delivering high-definition sports that are essential to our guests,” said Jake McDaniel, manager of Entertainment Media, Royal Caribbean International. “CRUISESAT makes it easy for Royal Caribbean to access quality HD sports entertainment content that our customers demand while they are enjoying their cruise experience.”

The service currently is available onboard Independence of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas. In November, Oasis of the Seas is scheduled to receive the service, with Allure of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas slated to be equipped with CRUISESAT by spring 2020.

CRUISESAT, the maritime entertainment and technology platform of Maritime Mobile Communications LLC d/b/a Digital Video Systems was conceived and developed with its principal mission to acquire and introduce popular high-definition news, entertainment, sports and cultural networks to the global maritime market using a single antenna system for all video content including linear television channels and nonlinear video content, multicultural programming, audio content and branded networks for the cruise line industry. The converged need for a telecom and entertainment solution has enabled CRUISESAT to make its timely introduction as the premier television operator at sea.

 

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About DIGITAL VIDEO SYSTEMS:  DVS is a leading provider of maritime and land-based telecommunications, managed services and video solutions to the maritime industry using state-of-the-art technology for almost 40 years.  DVS has leveraged its knowledge of telecommunications technology and video systems integration to create CRUISESAT (www.cruisesat.com), the premier satellite direct to ship & vessel entertainment television service platform that delivers popular high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) news, entertainment, sports and cultural networks to the maritime market in the Caribbean, United States, and Canada using a single antenna system for video content including linear television networks, video on demand, multicultural programming, audio content and privately branded networks for cruise ships and maritime vessels. For more information, please visit us at www.digitalvideosystems.net.

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Cristian Tache
Vice President, Product Development & Engineering
Phone: +1 954-239-4410 (office)
Email cris@digitalvideosystems.net

CBSN Expands Distribution to Cruise Ships Through CRUISESAT

CBSN Now Available to Thousands of Passengers in the Caribbean

August 7, 2019 – CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service, today announced that it has expanded its distribution to more than 30,000 cruise ship cabin rooms in the Caribbean via CRUISESAT, the leading direct-to-ship satellite entertainment service to the maritime market.

CBSN reaches audiences wherever they are including on more than 20 partner platforms and in major local markets with its streaming services CBSN New York and CBSN LA. Backed by the power of CBS News, CBSN delivers in-depth, authoritative and objective news coverage on all topics from the day’s top stories to the latest in politics, as well as insightful reporting on key issues including climate, privacy, and local matters.

Digital Video Systems will provide distribution of CBSN with its round-the-clock news coverage to CruiseLine passengers through CRUISESAT. CRUISESAT features top-tier, high-definition television entertainment channels for the cruise, yacht and cargo industries, delivering the best entertainment experiences to meet the needs of cruise line customers.

About CBSN

CBSN is CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service featuring live, anchored coverage available for free across all platforms. Launched in November 2014, the service now averages more than one million streams per day with a median viewer age of 37 and is a premier destination for breaking news and original storytelling from the deep bench of CBS News correspondents and reporters. CBSN features the top stories of the day as well as deep dives into key issues facing the nation and the world. CBSN has also expanded to launch major market local news streaming services, now including CBSN New York and CBSN Los Angeles with additional local services to come. CBSN is currently available on CBSNews.com and the CBS News app across 18 platforms, as well as the CBS All Access subscription service.

About CRUISESAT

CRUISESAT by Digital Video Systems (DVS) launched in June 2017 and was developed to deliver high-definition news, entertainment, sports and cultural networks to the maritime market using single-antenna systems for all video content including linear television channels and nonlinear video content, multicultural programming, audio content, and branded networks. CRUISESAT has already broadcast over 300 live special events, totaling 1,000-plus hours of major sporting events. CRUISESAT – The Best Channels to Sea. For more information, please visit us at www.digitalvideosystems.net.

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Press Contact:

Rachel Zuckerman
718-902-5703
Rachel.Zuckerman@cbsinteractive.com

Philippines’ GMA Pinoy TV Inks Partnership with Digital Video Systems for Distribution at Sea

Agreement will deliver a wide variety of ‘Kapuso’ programming for Filipino seafarers

MIRAMAR, Florida (March 28, 2019) — Filipino seafarers working far from home can soon catch their favorite Kapuso programs while at sea as GMA Network’s flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV has become the first Philippine network available for broadcast onboard via CRUISESAT from Digital Video Systems. DVS’s premier service features top-tier, high-definition television content for the cruise, yacht and cargo industries.

The partnership, signed in Miami Jan. 21, 2019, by GMA International, the Philippines’ most popular TV network, and Digital Video Systems, a maritime systems integration and telecommunications provider, grants rights to distribute Kapuso programs to DVS for the cruise industry worldwide.   

“We are proud to share with our fellow Kapuso who are not only in foreign countries, but also at sea, that GMA Pinoy TV will be there to bring you closer to home wherever you are in the world,” said GMA First Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia.  “We are also grateful to our partners in DVS for believing in the quality of content that GMA International can provide.”

“CRUISESAT will always push to bring the best entertainment lineup to meet the needs of our customers, so that their passengers and employees can view relevant cultural content while at sea,” said Chuck Sackermann, chief executive officer of Digital Video Systems. “We are honored to have such a distinguished content partner in GMA International to help us fill the void as only Kapuso programming can.”

Viewers from across the globe can catch their favorite Kapuso shows via GMA’s international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International. For more updates, visit www.gmapinoytv.com.

CRUISESAT launched in June 2017 and was developed to deliver high-definition news, entertainment, sports and cultural networks to the maritime market using single-antenna systems for all video content including linear television channels and nonlinear video content, multicultural programming, audio content and branded networks. CRUISESAT has already broadcast over 300 live special events, totaling 1,000-plus hours of major sporting events. For more information, visit www.digitalvideosystems.net.

GMA Pinoy TV is a Filipino television channel incorporated in February 2004 by GMA Network and its subsidiaries, GMA International and GMA Worldwide Inc. It was launched in 2005, primarily in Japan and the USA, as a 24-hour international Filipino television station. The channel is targeted to overseas Filipinos and their families in the Philippines. Drawing on programming from its flagship station in the Philippines, GMA Network’s programs can be seen worldwide.

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About Digital Video Systems

DVS has been a leading provider of maritime and land-based telecommunications, managed services and systems integration using state-of-the-art technology for 40 years. DVS has leveraged its knowledge of telecommunications technology and video systems integration to create CRUISESAT (www.cruisesat.com), the premier satellite direct-to-ship and vessel entertainment television service platform that delivers popular high-definition and standard-definition news, entertainment, sports and cultural networks to the maritime market in the Caribbean, United States, and Canada.

For more information, visit www.digitalvideosystems.net.

MEDIA CONTACT

Cristian Tache
Vice President, Product Development & Engineering
Phone: +1 954-239-4410 (office)
Email cris@digitalvideosystems.net

Digital Video Systems’ CRUISESAT Satellite Broadcast Service Now Available on 28 Cruise Ships Sailing in Its Service Region

MIRAMAR, Florida (Feb. 7, 2019) — Maritime Mobile Communications LLC (doing business as Digital Video Systems) has installed the CRUISESAT satellite direct-to-ship and vessel entertainment service on 28 cruise ships currently sailing in the Americas. Digital Video System’s premier service features top-tier, high-definition television content for the cruise, yacht and cargo industries.

CRUISESAT can provide cruise guests and crew members an expansive lineup that includes the most popular sports, entertainment and news channels aboard ships sailing in the Caribbean, United States and Canada regions. The CRUISESAT service leverages Digital Video System’s media gateways in Florida and New Jersey, which operate more than 25 transmit and receive satellite antennas and fiber links to and from the Americas.

“Our direct-to-ship delivery of CRUISESAT to cruise ships provides an enhanced onboard entertainment experience for both passengers and crew members,” said Chuck Sackermann, chief executive officer of Digital Video Systems. “We are excited and honored to have achieved this level of product acceptance in just 18 months since introducing CRUISESAT to the market.”

CRUISESAT, which launched in June 2017, was developed to deliver high-definition news, entertainment, sports and cultural networks to the maritime market using single-antenna systems for all video content including linear television channels and nonlinear video content, multicultural programming, audio content and branded networks.

CRUISESAT has already broadcast over 300 live special events, totaling 1,000-plus hours of major sporting events.

“We are proud to be the first IP delivery platform using the DVB S2X and HEVC standards for the maritime market,” said Cristian Tache, vice president, product development and engineering for DVS. “Our technology focus provides a unified broadcast approach to lower bandwidth over satellite, provides a roadmap for file delivery over one-way links and expansions in channels and coverage areas.”

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Cruise Connectivity: Planning Today For The Ships Of Tomorrow

The Increasing Demands of Cruise Connectivity

It was another great year at Seatrade Global in Fort Lauderdale for Digital Video Systems. With the rapid growth of the cruise industry, new opportunities and partnerships are abundant and promising.

This year, Digital Video Systems’ Owner and President, Chuck Sackermann, was  invited to moderate a panel titled “Cruise Connectivity: Planning today for the ships of tomorrow”. The discussion focused on the continuous developments in technology and how cruise lines and vendors today are planning to meet the standards of tomorrow. Gone are the days of taking a cruise so you can disconnect!

Today almost everyone wants to be connected no matter where they are in the world. So the big question at hand was how to deliver an outstanding product for the ever growing demands of the cruise ship guests when it comes to cruise connectivity at sea.

Learn more through the article from Seatrade Insider.