Satcom Direct (SD) says it has completed its purchase of TrueNorth Avionics, the manufacturer of cabin communications solutions.
With the acquisition complete, SD says it has significantly expanded its ability to provide advanced communications systems for VIP and VVIP aircraft. Ottawa, Canada-based TrueNorth Avionics designs, develops and manufactures satellite communications solutions for aircraft operators and avionics OEMs.
Jim Jensen, founder and CEO of SD, said: “The acquisition of TrueNorth broadens SD’s avionics product portfolio and accelerates SD’s efforts to bring fully-integrated communications solutions to customers.”
TrueNorth will now become a business unit within the SD family of companies focused on advanced avionics development.
Satcom Direct partnership
Satcom Direct has also announced it is partnering with Lufthansa Technik to provide business jet operators with a wide selection of movies and TV shows. Initially available on aircraft equipped with nice® HD cabin systems, “nicemedia” content is delivered via an easy-to-use portable memory device that connects directly to the CMS.
No internet connection is required onboard to view the content, and new movies and shows will be added on a monthly basis. By mid-2017, the system will be available for all IFE/CMS platforms via the nicemedia Smartbox, powered by SD. The system will enable passengers to view content via the cabin monitors or stream to personal electronic devices including iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets.
“Satcom Direct’s DNA is similar to ours,” says Philip von Schroeter, Director of OEM Programs at Lufthansa Technik.
“Both companies established a strong reputation in the business jet market based on superior technology and customer focus. Together we will make licensed premium content accessible and affordable to a large customer base.”
“Partnering with Lufthansa Technik allows us to provide quality inflight entertainment to passengers through a convenient, plug-and-play system,” said Ken Bantoft, SD Chief Technology Officer.
“With this solution, passengers can enjoy the latest blockbusters and hit TV series.” Content is available in English, German, Spanish and French across a variety of genres including Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family and Science Fiction. The content is DRM-secured and licensed.
The nicemedia system includes 50 movies and 30 TV shows, and is updated monthly with brand new content.