Carnival Corp. said it will extend the number of TV shows it produces with the addition of two online-only programs that will be available in 10 minute installments on a new streaming video service
Carnival said that "GO" will "chronicle the artist and explorer Trek Thunder Kelly as he travels the world by ocean in search of his next exotic destination." A second show, "Local Eyes," will introduce viewers to unique destinations "through those who know each destination the best -- local residents." It will be hosted by TV personality Anji Corley.
Concurrent with the new programs, Carnival is launching "OceanView," which it describes as the first streaming TV app from a travel provider. Programs on OceanView can be seen by anyone with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku, Carnival said.
In addition to the two direct to digital shows, consumers can use OceanView to stream the broadcast and cable shows Carnival is producing, including "Vacation Creation," "Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin," "The Voyager," and "Good Spirits."
Carnival said there are more than 100 episodes of those shows available for streaming.
OceanView will also be on about 60 ships on various Carnival brands, and starting in late October will be available on Carnival's Ocean.com website.
Along with the OceanView debut, Carnival also provided new details about interactive and mobile games it is creating for ships that will use its new Ocean Medallion and Ocean Compass technology.
The games will all be made to be playable without gambling, but four games can be linked to a casino account on Medallion-ready ships and used when the ships are at sea to gamble anywhere on the ship.
The gambling-enabled games are versions of poker, roulette, slot machines and bingo.
Passengers can play after downloading two apps, PlayOcean Everywhere, which is available starting Sept. 28, and PlayOcean Casino, which will be ready in November.
Carnival said it will be the first travel company to produce original mobile games catering to the vacation market.
Some of the new games will take their themes from various Carnival-produced shows. For example, Ocean Treks Adventure is an onboard digital scavenger hunt featuring TV host Jeff Corwin who leads guests on quests throughout the ship to solve puzzles, follow mobile clues and answer riddles.
In addition to Ocean Treks Adventure, Carnival will develop Good Spirits Poker, which combines a pub crawl with a card game; Tagalong Race, which pits guest-created avatars against each other; This or That, in which guests say which of two choices they prefer (with ship-wide results posted each evening); and Trivia on Deck, a mobile phone trivia contest.
Carnival said it plans to publicize the availability of PlayOcean and OceanView with a Sept. 28 event in New York's Times Square in which multiple digital billboards from various companies will be synchronized to showcase the new games and shows. There will also be an activation center where people can learn more, Carnival said.