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  1. Michael
    Michael at |

    Do you know how much I hate it when the guy behind me keeps pounding the screen, changing the channels, while I’m trying to nap?

    1. MG
      MG at |

      Exactly. Agree 100% in the seat pokers. Remove them all. It’s freaking 2014…. It’s not hard to bring your own IFE on your own phone or tablet.

      1. DaveS
        DaveS at |

        They should not be touch screen for that very reason. They should operate by a remote control exclusively. But I do check the menus and often see something that interests me that I don’t have on my own device. It’s a chance to sample something else, so I do favor keeping them.

  2. J-D
    J-D at |

    What I basically want:
    – A power port.
    – Nothing intruding the space below the seat in front of me (like an entertainment box).

    If you also give my cheap, reliable internet I’m a happy camper. Beyond this, whether or not I have a TV in front of me doesn’t change anything (although Michael has a good point about the screen pounders).

  3. D.
    D. at |

    I have a hard time believing Thales can make the numbers work on the TV. Maybe thirty years from now the TVs will way only a few pounds and will be a minimal weight addition but in the short run it is hard to see the TVs and the power/comm lines needed to run them in each seat, not causing a significant weight increase. The TVs would need to produce a lot of ancillary revenue to make up for installation cost and extra fuel burn. Also, the article didnt discuss is maintanence. After a few years of heavy use these TVs start to break….just look at the state of Jetblue TVs now verus five years ago. With passengers bringing in their own devices, the airline would not have the responsibility or cost of keeping every TV and headphone jack in working order.

  4. RK
    RK at |

    I think there is a market for both, streaming AND screens for most airlines: streaming for short-haul flights and low-cost economy on long-haul flights, nice, big screens for premium economy and up on long haul flights. Having a large, separate screen is much more comfortable than holding a tablet, for example during meals, and a better viewing experience.
    LCCs will probably make do with streaming (if anything) for a while: Even if/when the cheap screens arrive, they are not likely to replace their seats on recently bought planes…

  5. michael d
    michael d at |

    What is “a last mile” Latta references in the quote?

    Streaming is just a wireless connection. You could stream to the device of your choice or a device attached to the seat in front of you or wherever.

    The “TV’ already weighs less than a pound. An iPad weighs less than a pound.

    I prefer to watch movies on domestic flights on my iPad. I would like a place to hang or attach with velcro.

  6. Murray Henley
    Murray Henley at |

    Carriers will remove the seatback screens and let you bring your own device on-board. Then they will charge you a fee to bring the device. Then, considering that the seatback is thinner without a screen in it, they will further reduce seat pitch to 26 inches.

    Then, they will remove the co-pilot, as the pilot will become only a backup fo the computer actually doing the flying.

    Then, the single-engine intercontinental plane will be upon us, as it is obvious that with a single engine, the already-low risk of engine failure is cut in half. ETOPS will become ESOPS, with 360 minutes a the default value.

    Then…

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