I subscribe to streaming video rental websites, and on flights with Internet access, I can watch my favorite movie. What better time to catch up on my favorite sources of entertainment than on a flight when I have nothing but time? Having the Internet available also gives me more options to pass the time when I do not want to watch the movie the airlines chose for my flight.
It feels that of late, the number of alternatives has grown substantially in both variety and number. When we started in this industry, we had pretty much only one question to address, “Why handheld over embedded?” Now, that question has been expanded to cover a myriad of possibilities including consumer electronics.
As a regular traveler, I try to keep up-to-date on all the latest developments in travel technology. Especially when it comes to planes. It seems like it’s at least every week that I’m reading an article about in-flight entertainment in a travel magazine. Well, here’s some news I wish they’d put in a traveler magazine instead: I don’t want the internet on my plane!
As 2010 draws to a close, I find myself pondering on the changes in the industry and what is coming in the next 12 months. I’m sure that many of you are going through the same mental exercise. As a vendor to the airline industry, our success depends on being able to navigate trends and identify long-term solutions.
Each month, I have the pleasure of finding several valuable and interesting articles for our newsletter Airline Solutions Insider. In my search, I had found several articles suggesting that in-flight Wi-Fi would be free by next summer when another article outlining how much revenue the connectivity industry was set to generate this year caught my attention. Not surprising, there are some opposing views of how financially viable in-flight connectivity is or will be.
Facing a greater need than ever to offer competitive services, run each program efficiently, and turn a profit, airlines should expect more from an IFE provider. To help out, we have compiled a short list of six trends in inflight entertainment and connectivity that you should ask your IFE provider about. If you don’t yet offer IFE, then use these same questions when vetting potential solution providers.
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