How hybrid wireless IFE systems will bring a connected, premium passenger experience at economy prices to the airlines

Boarding a plane that is doing a relatively long flight, say 3 or 4 hours or more, can sometimes feel like an anachronistic experience when it comes to what they are serving for entertainment.

With your luck, you are flying coach where a CRT screen smaller than your car’s rear-view camera is hanging a couple of rows ahead, displaying a picture that is oddly pink and with tracking lines from an old, worn out tape (yes, video tape!). Maybe you were lucky enough to be bumped to business class, in which case you are pressing madly on the worn out spots of the resistance-based screen embedded in the seat in front of you. You might as well be trying to view a movie on the worn out ATM at the bodega.  Maybe there is satellite TV, which given that this is a red-eye, means you get to watch numerous infomercials promising the abs you’ve always dreamed of. And the games!  Solitaire and Minesweeper just won’t cut it anymore. No wonder it seems like more then half of your fellow passengers are on their laptops, tablets, and smartphones, watching, listening and playing their own content.  No wonder so many airlines are looking at a “Bring Your Own Device” option, at least as part of the IFE mix of offerings.

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