Global Eagle Entertainment has launched its all-in-one, portable, video-on-demand Airconnect Go wireless in-flight entertainment (WIFE) system that doesn’t require any installation.
It says Airconnect Go combines a “proven, reliable hardware system with Global Eagle’s award-winning Airtime services, including a proven portal passenger experience and entertainment packages with industry best movie, audio and video offerings”.
The product is compact and can fit into the overhead bin of most commercial aircraft.
Airconnect Go is a low-cost option for airlines with no hardware to install, no Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) needed, and it is offered on simple commercial terms.
It features 15 hours of battery life while streaming concurrently to more than 50 users, hot-swappable batteries to enable an even longer duty cycle and comprehensive analytics available via Global Eagle’s Airview reporting system.
Per Norén, Executive VP and Chief Commercial Officer of Global Eagle, said: “Passengers can use their own device and quickly connect to Airconnect Go.
“We are pleased to offer the ability to integrate our Airtime Player into an airline’s mobile app to enable playback of protected Hollywood content, in addition to monitoring customer usage and fine-tuning performance via our best-of-breed Airview analytics product.
“Through our support of Apple Fairplay DRM technology, we can now deliver native playback of DRM content via the Safari browser on iOS and are working with Hollywood studios for the appropriate approvals, building on an environment where native playback was previously only possible on other leading browsers on Android and laptops,” Norén said.
The system streams content through Global Eagle’s Airtime Portal that powers passenger devices, and can be updated wirelessly through 4G/LTE cellular communications.
Global Eagle says it sees a strong market for Airconnect Go for regional airlines that need to quickly deploy IFE options for passengers, as well as for airlines with smaller or diverse fleets where permanent IFE might not be an immediate option.