KVH Launches KVH Link, New Digital Content Service for Seafarers and Commercial Fleets

KVH Link builds on KVH’s experience in providing crew wellbeing and operations content using its patented IP-MobileCast delivery technology

MIDDLETOWN, RI – January 22, 2020 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that it has launched KVH Link, a new digital content service that addresses two pressing needs in commercial maritime: News and entertainment content to improve crew wellbeing and operations data to optimize vessel performance.

Building on KVH’s past experience providing content for crew wellbeing and its patented IP-MobileCastTM technology for content delivery, 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,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH’s executive vice president for mobile connectivity. “At the same time, crew welfare is going digital, with increased onboard demand for access to popular content. With our decades of experience in providing crew content—starting in the 1960s with reel-to-reel movie nights on the deck of a ship—to our history of mobile tech innovation, KVH is uniquely suited to deliver a digital content platform for today’s seafarer.”

KVH Link crew wellbeing content includes: NEWSlinkTM—hundreds of daily news stories, clips, and shows in the most popular languages among seafarers; SPORTSlinkTM—news and video sports highlights from teams around the world, sports talk shows, and documentaries; MOVIElinkTM—early release movies and classics from Hollywood to Bollywood and independent studios; TVlinkTM—full seasons of popular hit television series; and MUSIClinkTM—more than 15 genres of music radio, podcasts, karaoke, and more. KVH Link content is licensed from copyright holders for crew viewing.

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KVH and Pilipinas Global Network Limited to Bring Philippine Basketball Association Game Coverage to Merchant Ships

Starting next week, seafarers can enjoy coverage of Asia’s popular professional basketball league games via KVH’s innovative content delivery service

MIDDLETOWN, RI – December 14, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), and Pilipinas Global Network Limited (PGNL) today announced a deal to bring coverage of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) full games to merchant ships.

Under the terms of the agreement, KVH will distribute PBA games for the 43rd and 44th PBA seasons, which begin with the Philippine Cup on December 17, 2017. A men’s professional basketball league, the PBA was the first such league in Asia and its popularity throughout the region is widespread. However, many of those fans miss out on seeing games because they serve onboard commercial vessels; throughout the global shipping industry, Filipinos comprise the single greatest number of seafarers. The PBA games will be delivered via satellite to vessels subscribed to KVH’s SPORTSlinkTM and IP-MobileCastTM content delivery service for multicasting news, sports, and entertainment at sea. Onboard, seafarers will be able to access the full PBA games on mobile devices, desktops, and televisions, enjoying the basketball action without adding communications costs or affecting vessel communications performance. “PGNL is devoted to bringing the PBA closer to every Filipino overseas. This partnership with KVH is a step toward reaching out to seafarers who would want to experience the PBA while they’re away from home,” says Ernesto D. Sta. Maria, Jr., PGNL president and CEO. “We work hard to make sure that more Filipinos all over the world get to enjoy quality sports content from PGNL.”

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KVH Launches New High-speed Maritime Network on Intelsat EpicNG Satellites

KVH logoTeams with leading satellite operator Intelsat to deliver expanded global Ku-band coverage

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LUXEMBOURG, October 31, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today announced the launch of its next-generation, advanced maritime broadband network, joined by service partner, Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I). Slated for commercial availability next month, KVH’s high-speed overlay to its current mini-VSAT BroadbandSM service is expected to triple, and in some cases increase by a multiple of six, the data speeds for its maritime customers. At the core of its capabilities, KVH’s advanced maritime broadband network will incorporate Intelsat Epic satellite services and the award-winning IntelsatOne Flex platform, a global managed service designed to optimize bandwidth allocations and provide flexible coverage where it is needed. KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network is also expected to benefit from increased Asian satellite capacity from SKY Perfect JSAT.

At launch, KVH will have the largest maritime Ku-band network offering speeds as fast as 10 Mbps to each terminal. Each Intelsat Epic satellite has 25-60 Gbps of capacity, which is expected to deliver a major performance enhancement for KVH subscribers. KVH’s enhanced service is designed to enable significant improvements in business productivity in the commercial maritime world, and enrich the onboard experience for superyachts and recreational boats.

“Intelsat has been instrumental in helping us develop the advances to our mini-VSAT Broadband service, continuing the positive working relationship we’ve had for many years,” says Brent Bruun, KVH chief operating officer. “We expect to provide our maritime customers with increased data speeds at the same price points as our current service, while offering unparalleled coverage on a global basis. We just celebrated the 10th anniversary of our market-leading VSAT solution, and, with this new evolution of our mini-VSAT Broadband network, we believe KVH is continuing to set the pace for maritime satellite communications.”

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Hello Nautilus Crew, You’re Connected

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KVH and Ocean Exploration Trust announce partnership enabling Nautilus research crew to have Internet and daily news content while at sea

MIDDLETOWN, RI – October 4, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today announced a partnership with Ocean Exploration Trust (OET), the international scientific research organization founded by RMS Titanic discoverer and renowned oceanographer Dr. Bob Ballard, to provide services and products to enhance the onboard experience for OET’s research team. In exchange, the team will provide firsthand feedback on various products that KVH develops.

“I am thrilled to be working with KVH, a leader in satellite communications headquartered right across the bay from the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography,” says Dr. Ballard. A professor of oceanography at URI, Dr. Ballard is known for his ocean exploration efforts and his longtime commitment to providing real-time data and video from the vessel to land. “It’s been a dream of mine to have super high-speed data capabilities right from our vessel to reach the next generation of scientists and engineers and keep our own research team as connected as possible.”

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Vroon Extends 140-plus Vessel Contract for KVH mini-VSAT Broadband Solution

Successful five-year contract for VSAT broadband connectivity is extended, and more vessels to be provided with KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service and KVH OneCare services

MIDDLETOWN, RI – December 14, 2016 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has announced that Netherlands-based Vroon has extended its contract for KVH’s maritime satellite communications solution, choosing the mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network for connectivity services onboard more than 140 Vroon vessels.

“In working with KVH during the past five years, we realized that having a reliable communications partner is essential to the smooth operation of our vessels and welfare of our crews,” says Rob Frenks, Vroon’s group ICT manager. “We also witnessed firsthand the advantage of the IP-MobileCast entertainment packages in enhancing crew welfare. KVH offers us a total and affordable managed service that brings together proven hardware and a fully integrated global network management system that will support our business for years to come.”

The multi-year contract also includes KVH’s IP-MobileCastTM service for news, sports, movie, and TV delivery, and preventive maintenance checks to ensure peak performance on all fielded systems as part of the KVH OneCareTM program.

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More Fleets Turn to KVH’s IP-MobileCast Service for Competitive Advantage

New and expanding customers cite cost containment and improved recruiting and retention as among the business benefits

MIDDLETOWN, RI – November 21, 2016 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that numerous global fleets have subscribed to or expanded their deployments of its IP-MobileCastTM content delivery service in recent months, reflecting the increased importance that ship managers are placing on the competitive advantages of a focus on staffing optimization.
Major fleets that have selected the IP-MobileCast content delivery service recently include:

  • Navigator Gas, operator of a fleet of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tankers with worldwide clients, selected IP-MobileCast for 28 vessels.
  • OSG Ship Management, one of the world’s leading energy transportation services companies, has chosen IP-MobileCast for more than 20 vessels.
  • Wisby Ship Management, operator of a global fleet of tankers, is providing 18 vessels with IP-MobileCast content delivery.
  • Klaveness Ship Management, an Oslo, Norway-based global fleet operator has selected IP-MobileCast for more than 10 vessels in its container and bulk fleet.
  • Valles Steamship (Canada) Ltd., of Vancouver, a long-time customer of KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadbandsm SATCOM services, recently added IP-MobileCast content delivery for six vessels.
  • United States Seafoods, a major North American seafood company, has subscribed to IP-MobileCast for three vessels, enabling their seafarers to receive content via their personal devices.

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KVH Adds NEWSlink Editions in Japanese and Korean, Expanding the News Service’s Reach

Leading provider of international news for seafarers extends its Far East coverage, now addresses the crew welfare needs of the majority of the world’s seafarers

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LIVERPOOL, UK – October 31, 2016 KVH Media Group, part of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has expanded its market-leading NEWSlinkTM portfolio withNEWSlink_outlined the launch of two new daily local language editions in Japanese and Korean. These new versions raise the count to nearly 110 NEWSlink editions in 23 languages and, together, they reflect KVH’s ability to address the crew welfare needs of seafarers around the world. NEWSlink now produces editions in the native languages of the majority of the world’s seafarers.

The Japanese and Korean editions are standard four-page newspapers delivered seven days a week, following the style of most NEWSlink titles. Each title covers the key daily political, general, financial, sporting, and entertainment news stories from those countries in the local language, and joins NEWSlink’s offering of high-quality daily and weekly newspaper digests, which are currently enjoyed by seafarers and cruise guests on more than 9,000 vessels around the world.

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Major Commercial Fleets Committing to New KVH Broadband Airtime Plans

 

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KVH’s usage-based airtime plans provide the fastest possible mini-VSAT Broadband network speeds and innovative cloud-based bandwidth management tools

MIDDLETOWN, RI – September 12, 2016 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), is driving a sea change in the way that global maritime fleets are using broadband at sea. The company’s usage-based airtime plans now represent a majority of users on KVH’s global satellite network, mini-VSAT Broadbandsm, which continues to be the market share leader in maritime VSAT.1  In recent months, many of KVH’s largest and most important fleet customers have chosen usage-based plans—including Open plans, the newest set of usage-based airtime plans offered by KVH.

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New Industry Report Confirms KVH’s Continuing Leadership Position in Maritime VSAT Market

Northern Sky Research report shows KVH with double the market share of its nearest Ku-band competitor

MIDDLETOWN, RI – September 1, 2016 – The mini-VSAT Broadbandsm service of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has once again been cited as the market share leader in maritime VSAT units in service, in a newly published report. “Maritime SATCOM Markets, 4th Edition,” by Northern Sky Research (NSR), a leading maritime industry analyst firm, reports that KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband customers account for 29% of the vessels using Ku-band services, which is more than double the 14% share of the nearest competitor, as of the end of 2015. KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband customers also account for 21% of the vessels using combined C/Ku-band services, with the nearest competitor at 15% share.

KVH launched mini-VSAT Broadband in 2007, and has steadily grown the service to a dominant position in the maritime VSAT market. The company recently shipped its 6,000th VSAT system, as reliance on fast and reliable satellite broadband connectivity has spread throughout the maritime industry.

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Shipowners Must Focus on Operational Optimization to Survive Challenging Economic Climate

Broadband connectivity is vital to stay ahead of the competition, a maritime thought leader suggests during the Posidonia 2016 conference in Athens

Middletown, RI – June 9, 2016 – Brent Bruun, executive vice president of mobile broadband for KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) and Mike Mitsock, the company’s vice president of marketing, told an audience of invited guests at the Posidonia maritime conference in Athens, Greece, that the market needs to face up to the realities of how 24/7 connectivity between ship and shore is a real business necessity, and is no longer a “nice to have,” especially with the intense competition in today’s shipping economy. Mr. Bruun outlined how satellite communications can provide real value to ship operations in one of the most challenging periods in maritime history. “The KVH ‘Power of One’ approach holds tremendous value and promise for the maritime world,” Mr. Bruun noted. “While satellite communications tend to account for less than one percent of ship operating costs, they are the lynchpin of optimizing the remainder of the operating cost equation.” KVH operates the mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network, which provides global connectivity to thousands of vessels worldwide. Read more

Joe Pitcher Joins Maritime Training Leader Videotel as Sales Director

The new director has extensive experience working with shipowners and shipmanagers and will oversee Videotel’s business development

LONDON, U.K. – 4 December 2015 – VideotelTM, the leading international provider of e-Learning maritime training programs and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has appointed Joe Pitcher as its sales director to lead business development efforts and liaise with Videotel’s global network of agents and sales offices. “Joe brings with him a wealth of maritime sales experience and I am confident he will develop our already impressive client list and achieve further growth for Videotel,” says Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel. “Our team looks forward to working with him to promote our comprehensive range of training solutions.” Read more

KVH Upgrades IP-MobileCast Service to Enhance Viewing Experience

With IP-MobileCast subscribers viewing news and entertainment content in record numbers, KVH further expands the potential audience

MIDDLETOWN, RI – November 19, 2015 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has updated its unique IP-MobileCastTM content delivery service for additional viewing flexibility and expanded content offerings. The new features are being rolled out in stages, with the first round of upgrades automatically delivered via over-the-air software updates for current subscribers. Read more

KVH’s NEWSlink Team Now Producing 100 Different Newspaper Titles

A weekly business edition called “Philippine Business” is the 100th title in the NEWSlink roster of high-quality daily and weekly newspapers for seafarers

MIDDLETOWN, RI, USA – July 1, 2015 – KVH Media Group, part of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has launched “Philippine Business,” the 100th unique newspaper title produced under the NEWSlinkTM brand. The new title joins NEWSlink’s roster of high-quality daily and weekly newspaper digests, which are currently enjoyed by seafarers and cruise guests on more than 8,500 vessels around the world.

Produced for the multinational audience common to the seafaring world, the NEWSlink titles cover news, sports, finance, and entertainment news in 17 languages tailored to 80 different regions and countries. The titles are produced in NEWSlink newsrooms located in Liverpool, Delhi, and Manila, where a near 24-hour news monitoring service ensures the most current information is included in every edition.

KVH Media Group delivers the NEWSlink titles in a range of formats and through a range of technologies, and specializes in compact formats for maritime and other industries where bandwidth is limited or delivery costs are high. The newest delivery method for NEWSlink titles is KVH’s recently introduced IP-MobileCastTM content delivery service, which utilizes multicasting technology to broadcast a wide range of news and entertainment content to ships at sea.

The latest NEWSlink title, “Philippine Business,” is a weekly edition containing stock market and company news plus financial hints and tips, written for a seafarer audience. “Launching this specialist weekly NEWSlink edition is a direct response to requests by Filipino crew, who contacted us to ask for more business and financial coverage so that they can be better informed on how to invest their money,” says Mark Woodhead, managing director of KVH Media Group.

Of the 100 NEWSlink titles in the portfolio today, “Philippines,” a general-interest, four-page title, is the most highly subscribed national edition. Other titles include: “The International,” an eight-page daily edition; and “Maritime News,” a four-page daily newspaper focusing on everyday shipping news for crew. Special-interest editions are also produced, such as an overview of national election contests, and “Boxing Special,” which included a report on the Mayweather versus Pacquiao fight.

“The NEWSlink service is particularly important to crew, many of whom do not have access to regular contact with family when at sea,” says Mr. Woodhead. “MLC-2006 has targeted some key welfare requirements for seafarers, and regular up-to-date local news provides an important and cost-effective morale booster for many crew members, giving them a sense of closeness to home.”