Panasonic Avionics and All Nippon Airways are to launch ANA SKY Live TV and broadband Internet services on domestic aircraft on routes across Japan.
ANA Sky Live TV includes three unique channels of Japanese news, sports and other popular programming from JSAT Corporation’s Sky PerfecTV! platform.
Passengers will be able to watch general sports programming with Nittele G+, catch the latest news updates from Nippon TV News 24 and follow live football programming on Sukasaka!
ANA will also offer Ku-band high-speed connectivity that allows guests to stay connected and productive while they fly.
Passengers will be able to use their own personal devices to access email; stay in touch with family, friends, and social media networks; and browse the Internet.
This service will be further enhanced with music, television shows and other content that can be wirelessly streamed to mobile devices.
Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics, said: “Today’s launch is the direct result of our long-standing, close relationship with ANA.
“From the beginning, our goal was to deliver an integrated and connected experience that keeps passengers immersed and engaged in ANA’s inflight experience.
“The broadband Wi-Fi and unique live television content is a first for Japan, and we are proud and honoured to partner with ANA on this exciting, new passenger amenity.”
Koji OKA, Vice President, Products and Services, All Nippon Airways said: “We wanted to push the envelope to ensure the best inflight experience for our customers.
“With a line-up of exciting television programming, enhanced with Internet access and other communications services, we’ve created a truly unique experience for our customers.
“We look forward to working with Panasonic on future technologies that even further improve the experience we offer to our guests.”
The ANA WiFi Service and ANA SKY Live TV will use Panasonic Avionics’ eXConnect and eXTV services via satellites owned and operated by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.