8 Responses

  1. Andy
    Andy at |

    @ Seth – Isn’t American upgrading a lot of their narrowbody fleet to Panasonic Ku-Band equipment? Could it potentially be them? They already offer live television on some international flights (Although its really only four channels).

  2. mike murphy
    mike murphy at |

    far cry from the days of a movie screen and stethoscope headsets ( does not seem that long ago to some of us)

  3. Alastair Majury
    Alastair Majury at |

    Thanks for the investigative work and sharing your insights.
    As Mike Murphy pointed out and I was just discussing with someone yesterday – it is a “far cry from the days of a movie screen and stethoscope headsets ( does not seem that long ago to some of us)”.
    Regards, Alastair Majury

  4. Blake Fisher
    Blake Fisher at |

    I don’t have TV at home so I wouldn’t care for it in the air. Give me stream-capable internet (regardless of the source) anyday

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      Big cost differential to deliver that service. And if 10 people all want to stream CNN or Fox News or ESPN or any other live TV source it is WAY cheaper to do it this way than to try to support multiple streams to individuals. Even 10 people on 10 different planes is way cheaper this way.

    2. Blake Fisher
      Blake Fisher at |

      Will Netflix/HBOgo supported streaming happen in the next 5 years? If it is a quality and dependable stream, I would be willing to pay good money to have that capability…not every flight, but most

    3. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      It happens today on JetBlue’s planes (ViaSat/Thales hardware). United has the same kit on its 737s so theoretically can support it as well. The new 2Ku kit from Gogo can support it, too. Inmarsat claims GX will support it but I’m more skeptical of it scaling successfully on that platform.

      In all of these cases it comes down to total capacity of the satellites and who is paying for the data transfer. If a 1GB video stream costs $100 ($0.10/MB) to move on to the plane that’s a major expense to someone. And that price point is not all that out of the realm of reason for delivering traffic via satellite to a plane.