As the holiday season gets fully into gear and 2012 draws to a close, what can we say about 2012 in in-flight entertainment, and what does the future hold for it? It’s certainly been an active year, both for in-flight entertainment and connectivity, with an estimated 1,200 new aircraft being outfitted with either cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity – or, in some cases, both.
With the APEX event just around the corner, we are happy to announce that we have for the third year conducted a survey of passengers from around the world. We will be releasing the full report, for free as always, in the coming weeks. But until then, we thought that we would offer a few insights to wet your palette.
The in-flight entertainment and connectivity market was boiling and looking for change throughout 2010 and then erupted during 2011. Several evolutions in technology finally emerged after years of discussion and development. To be honest, I think we are still on the cusp of those evolutions
Last year, we released a passenger study addressing hot trends at the time. However, so much has changed since then. So today, we are happy to announce an updated 2011 Passenger Survey based on all new research.
Brett Snyder, of CrankyFlier fame, asked this question at the recent APEX Technical Committee meeting in Burbank, California. For the record, embedded systems will absolutely be here for the next five years. To say otherwise is usually just self-serving. Let me give a couple of reasons why they aren’t going away in the short term.
In case you aren’t very familiar with Row44, it offers connectivity via ku-band satellite technology. I want to share a few things that I’ve learned from my discussions with some of Row44′s key leadership members.
Mary Kirby, of Runway Girl fame, was kind enough to interview digEcor Marketing Director Adam Williams at the annual APEX event in Seattle. We cover topics such as portable IFE, connectivity and our in-flight content services.