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LG TVs help pass the time onboard

Spending several hours on board a car ferry between the UK and the Netherlands can be among the more tedious experiences known to man. Recognising this, operator Stena Line has upgraded its passenger facilities.

LG has delivered its Hotel TV hospitality television system to two of the world’s largest car ferries.

The Stena Hollandica and the Stena Britannica sail between Harwich in the UK and the Hook of Holland near the Dutch capital Den Haag. The crossing takes six hours and 45 minutes, and many of the 1,200 passengers take the opportunity to rest in a cabin on board. Each of the cabins is fitted with a 22” LG LCD television, with 32” televisions in premium cabins. The coverage also extends to the cabins used by the crew, many of whom spend a week or more on board at a time.

There is a central rack of receivers which feeds the LG Hotel TV distribution system. This encodes all channels to a common MPEG-4/H.264 format and delivers it via a complex RF network, ensuring stable performance on every screen. The result is that passengers can relax and catch up on television while crossing the North Sea.

“I have been using LG products at home as well as on some of our ships for years, so I know them to be very reliable,” said Richard Moon, audiovisual manager for Stena Line BV. “For the two new vessels, I tested hotel television systems from several manufacturers. The LG televisions had the edge over the competition in picture quality, and their overall system offering gave us the best price as well as performance.”

“These two super-ferries are remarkably advanced vessels, and deserve an advanced, future-proof television distribution system,” said Roy Martin, technical manager of LG Electronics. “At LG we have put our weight behind providing excellent support for our business to business partners, and we are delighted to be able to point to the Stena Line installations as a great success.”

The Stena Hollandica was launched in May 2010 and sister ship Stena Britannica was launched in October 2010. Each is 240m long and carries 230 cars, 300 freight vehicles and 1,200 passengers.