Satcom1 has launched a new inflight TV system that allows passengers aboard a business jet to watch live TV via their satcom connection.
The Satcom1.TV service works with PCs, laptops, smartphones, and tablets, or with a connected TV, via an HDMI cable, or integrated onboard AV system.
Once signed up, all a passenger has to do is use their device’s web browser to go to www.satcom1.tv, enter a username and password and start watching.
The system is designed to work with Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband (SBB), Inmarsat Jet ConneX (Ka-band GX coming in 2016) and ViaSat’s Yonder Ku-band and Exede in the Air Ka-band.
However, as it needs a minimum bandwidth of 750kbps SBB users will need to use at least two bonded channels.
They will also need to have version 2.6 of Satcom1’s AvioIP software suite installed on their router, which can then handle up to four bonded channels.
There are no geographical limits on the system, which gives full 24/7 access to (currently) nearly 30 “receivers”, including Sky (English, German, Italian), ViaSat (Denmark, Norway, Sweden) and Foxtel (Australian).
Other channels supported include Russian, Polish, Arabic, Czech and many more.