British Antarctic Survey Ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough making its first visit to London on the River Thames 271021 CREDIT MARTIN DALTON ALAMY
RRS Sir David Attenborough making its first visit to London this month (Picture: Martin Dalton/Alamy).
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BFBS MiPlayer comes to RRS Sir David Attenborough

The BFBS MiPlayer platform and 80 new set top boxes have been installed on board the British Antarctic Survey research vessel.

British Antarctic Survey Ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough making its first visit to London on the River Thames 271021 CREDIT MARTIN DALTON ALAMY
RRS Sir David Attenborough making its first visit to London this month (Picture: Martin Dalton/Alamy).

Crew members from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) research vessel the RRS Sir David Attenborough can now stream media, thanks to BFBS.

The BFBS MiPlayer platform and 80 new set top boxes have been installed on board, meaning entertainment can be streamed around the world where they are without internet access.

MiPlayer is already a feature on more than half of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary surface vessels.

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The MiPlayer platform offers access via Wi-Fi to stream media content where internet connectivity is absent and is also used by British military personnel in locations including Estonia, Poland, Bahrain, the Falkland Islands, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and South Sudan.

The set top box has been specially adapted for RRS Sir David Attenborough.

Nick Beer, Director of Development and Strategy at BFBS, said: "We have been working with the Armed Forces for a number of years and we are delighted to now also be able to use this technology to support civilian projects such as the RRS Sir David Attenborough. 

"MiPlayer has successfully delivered internet-free connectivity to those in remote locations and has had a huge impact on the welfare and morale of its users.

"We are proud to see the numerous benefits that the technology provides and are looking forward to more opportunities to deliver it to civilian maritime projects," he said.

RRS Sir David Attenborough will venture north to complete ice trials this year, before heading for the Antarctic region.

The vessel was named after the TV presenter and natural historian of the same name, despite a public poll voting in favour of calling it 'Boaty McBoatface'.