Gogo announced today that its IPTV product, Gogo TV, is now active on three global airlines, delivering live TV to more than 550 aircraft.
Gogo TV delivers live television programming to aircraft for passenger consumption, including sports and news. Content can be delivered to passengers’ Wi-Fi enabled personal electronic devices or integrated into an airline’s seatback entertainment system.
Channel options are customised by the airline that allow passengers to watch popular networks in their country or region.
The service is available to airlines that select Gogo’s 2Ku high-speed satellite connectivity system and is delivered through the existing in cabin network.
Edwin Edillon, Director Product Management at Gogo, said: “Passengers expect live TV and video in the cabin with the consistency and quality they experience on their couches at home, but there are unique challenges to delivering new inflight TV and video products and services.
“Unlike legacy live TV systems with a dedicated TV antenna, Gogo’s satellite antennas supports both the fastest connectivity available to passengers and live TV.
Gogo TV uses High Efficiency Video Coding compression that reduces satellite bandwidth usage up to 40 percent.
Gogo says that unlike competitive systems, Gogo TV combines multiple channels into a single multicast stream. It adds that the result of statistical multiplexing is the best possible perceived video quality while consuming the least total bandwidth, making Gogo TV the most bandwidth efficient live TV solution on the market today.
“For example, Delta has 12 channels of live TV delivered on one stream,” said Edillon. “American Airlines and GOL in South America also have Gogo TV and we go live on JAL in October.”
Gogo 2Ku has now been installed on 900 passenger planes flying in over 80 countries worldwide. Currently, the company says the 2Ku backlog is 2,000 aircraft. Partners include: AeroMexico, Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge, Air France, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, Delta, GOL, Iberia, JTA, KLM, LATAM, Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Australia.
The company says 2Ku delivers 15 Mbps per passenger device with 98% coverage across global flight routes with 98% system availability.