As the UK Carrier Strike Group embarks on a global 28-week deployment, BFBS is delivering TV, radio, digital media and movies to crews serving with the fleet.
In communal areas, crews have access to 12 TV and eight BFBS radio channels. The BFBS MiPlayer service also means that they can enjoy these channels – plus newspapers and magazines – on their own devices via the local wifi network without using any internet connection.
TV and radio can also be streamed live or on catch-up for 48 hours after the original broadcast so that crews can watch or listen to their favourite programmes if they missed them live.
The innovative MiPlayer was developed by BFBS to give access to news and entertainment media in environments where there is typically little or no internet access. Director of Development and Strategy, Nick Beer, said:
"It is hugely important that we are able to support the wellbeing of crews deploying with CSG21 by supplying TV, radio, digital media and cinema entertainment during this long global deployment.
"We have invested in new satellite coverage from the southern Gulf, across the Indian Ocean to the Far East and this will enhance delivery of our services to the CSG21 vessels."
Movies are also available via the BFBS Cinelink service, which replicates the shared viewing experience of a real cinema. Crews can watch unlimited screenings of the latest films within six to eight weeks of a cinema release.
What is a Carrier Strike Group?
Protecting an aircraft carrier is a large-scale task.
Carrier Strike Groups escort in the form of Type 23 frigates, which have anti-submarine capabilities, and Type 45 destroyers with sophisticated air defence systems.
Cover image: HMS Queen Elizabeth with her Carrier Strike Group (Picture: Royal Navy).