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A Little Like Magic: Using Virgin Australia's New Wireless Entertainment System

September 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hopping between club nights around the world, international DJ Max Graham is seemingly always up in the air and plugged in. Still, evolving travel technology means encountering new features every so often. Here, he shares his impression of a first flight using using streaming entertainment to a personal device:

I recently booked myself on Virgin Australia from Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia to Brisbane, Australia in order to join two other DJs for a four gig Oz tour. About two days before the flight I got an email from Virgin Australia informing me that my upcoming flight had their “wireless entertainment system” and that I should do three things to use it: download their app, activate the app before I fly, and make sure my device is fully charged (no power onboard, I guessed).

So i did just that, grabbed the free app for my iPhone from the app store and fired it up for a quick registration process. Once my travel day arrived and I boarded the plane, it really could'nt have been much easier. I joined their onboard signal, launched the app, and was immediately presented with options titled Watch, Listen, Information, etc, and further segmented into categories for Movies, TV Series, Music Videos, and more.

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Sunday or Monday, These Airlines Have You Covered with In-Flight Football

September 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Each and every weekend the country slows to a crawl, as professional football takes over a little bit of our lives. Thanks to improvements with in-flight entertainment it’s not just the chores like mowing the lawn that will keep you from catching the game.

If you’re up in the air on Sundays, Mondays, or even Thursdays several carriers have you more than covered. Sure some options aren’t available on every one of their planes, but carriers like JetBlue and Virgin America get the game live to your seat on each and every flight. Here’s five carriers doing the live television thing, so that you can catch all the action from high in the sky.

Virgin America

With the ability to order snacks—and drinks—right to your seat, we’ve got to say that Virgin America might be the best option for up in the air football. Sundays are all good aboard these planes, as they have CBS, FOX, and NBC stations streaming to you at 35,000-feet. Just be aware that the stations are based out of New York City, so you better get used to watching regional action from the Jets and Giants. They’ve got ESPN too—so Monday Night Football is good to go as well. Bonus points for WiFI access, so you can be disappointed with your fantasy football team in real-time.

More Football After The Jump...

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You've Never Seen Anything Like Singapore Airlines' Next Gen In-Flight Entertainment

Where: Singapore
July 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Singapore Airlines is an airline of superlatives. Not only do they boast the largest lie-flat bed, the most luxurious airplane suite, and the longest routes in the world, but with today's debut of what they're calling the "SIA Next Gen" seats and entertainment, the words "newest" and "most advanced" now enter the picture. Let's take a closer look.

The Jaunted Series on Singapore Airlines' Next Gen

1. First Class
2. Business Class
3. Economy Class
4. In-flight entertainment

They're calling it the "world's most advanced in-flight entertainment system."

Singapore Airlines is psyching up to launch their Next Generation of cabin products this autumn, including a completely new KrisWorld experience backed by Panasonic's eX3 system. Singapore will be the first airline with eX3, starting off in their new 777-300ERs and A350s, and let us be the first to say that it looks freaking amazing.

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Put Down the Kindle and Pick Up a Qantas-Published Novel

Where: Australia
May 21, 2013 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Put down your Kindle and stow your iPad, because Qantas wants you to actually turn the pages of a real book on your next flight. The Aussie airline's newest in-flight entertainment option will allow you to curl up at your seat with a series of published novels.

The initiative, called "Stories for Every Journey", offers frequent flyers the opportunity to settle into engrossing tales specially written for the airline and tailored around all flight durations. Not only are reads perfectly suited for a 2-hour flight or a 23-hour multi-leg journey, but they'll look good in any seatback pocket with original cover art designed by Paul Belford.

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It's Now Possible to Send That Hottie in Another Row a Drink on Virgin America

April 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM | by | Comments (3)

Yesterday, Virgin America not only launched its new three-times daily flight service from Los Angeles to Las Vegas but it also unveiled its new seat-to-seat ordering service on the Red in-flight entertainment system. Yes, it means what you think it means--you can buy drinks and snacks for your friends, your colleagues or perhaps your new crush and have the goodies sent right to their seat.*

David Cush, CEO of Virgin America, told us that the new service evolved from the seat-to-seat chat platform on Red but the real inspiration was that "people were doing it anyways." So now instead of flagging the flight attendants down, passengers can just take the onboard happy hour into their own hands.**

Here's how it works:

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Qantas' New In-Flight iPads are Boss

Where: Australia
February 15, 2013 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday we talked about Qantas' comfy new black leather business-class seats, but the real champion of the overhauled airplane is the in-flight entertainment system. We have mentioned Q Streaming before and we're excited to get our hands on the technology.

Not for lack of trying, we have been on a few planes with the hopes of discovering an Apple iPad in the seat-back pocket all to be disappointed. As soon as we turned the corner to board the plane and saw the product logo right next to the door, admittedly, our heart skipped a beat. We can finally catch up on a few episodes of Modern Family directly streamed to the device over a WiFi network.

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Why You'll Want to Stream While Scooting at 35,000'

Where: Singapore
January 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Our winner of the 2012 best travel newcomer award has just given us even more reason to love them. This week, newish Singapore-based budget airline Scoot introduced their in-flight streaming of entertainment to passenger gadgets.

If you can remember back when we flew them, we noted how great it was to be handed an iPad loaded up with TV shows, movies and games to keep us entertained on our medium-haul flight. Now, if you are one of those travelers who wouldn't even think about traveling without your iPad or Android tablet, you can get the hours of in-flight entertainment streamed directly to that device.

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Your Moment of Zen: A Time-Lapse Trip on a Lufthansa A380

December 21, 2012 at 1:49 PM | by | Comment (1)

We have a theory when it comes to enjoying seatback in-flight entertainment. You're either an Airshow person or not. By Airshow, we mean that channel that constantly rotates between the moving map and stats of your flight, like outside air temperature, speed and time to destination. Those passengers who are Airshow people could easily leave the seemingly boring channel on through the entire flight and be sufficiently entertained, whereas a non-Airshow person flips from movie to 30 Rock rerun, to playing Bejeweled.

This post goes out to all you Airshow people. The Airbus A380 is totally the plane for you. You see, it goes above and beyond the Airshow channel to offer three additional channels, each with a livestream from a camera on the exterior of the plane. One looks down to the ground below, one looks out front—a pilot's view, and the third looks over the entire plane from the rear.

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Emirates' Crew Will Take Their Tablets Just as the Doctor Ordered

November 28, 2012 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Initially it was just passengers getting access to in-flight entertainment in the form of all those tablet devices, but slowly we’ve seen the technology find its way into the hands of cabin crews as well. From pilots to flight attendants it seems like everyone is getting in on the touch-screen fun, and now it looks like another airline is doing the same.

Emirates has just plunked down a chunk of change for a whole bunch of HP ElitePad 900 tablets. These will be powered by Windows 8 and should be arriving up in the air at sometime in January—they’re kind of like on backorder. The airline says that the new tablets will be loaded up with what they call KIS—or Knowledge Driven In-Flight Services. This provides all kinds of tidbits of information based on the airline, on the flights, the passengers, and pretty much everything else.

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Gogo's Got Three Holiday Deals for Your In-Flight Surfing Pleasure

November 19, 2012 at 1:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Happy holidays from the folks over at Gogo, as it’s time once again to offer up some holiday savings on your in-flight connectivity needs. After all, you will need to check in on your way home for Thanksgiving this week, maybe to see if you need to stop at Costco for that oversized pumpkin pie—all at 35,000-feet of course.

The Gogo Holiday Jetpacks are available in three flavors, and each comes with a cute name and an equally adorable little logo. Up first is the Gogo Turkey 2-Pack. This is available between November 17 and November 25, and for $14.50 you’ll score access to two all-day passes redeemable on any Gogo equipped flights.

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Allegiant Gets Ready to Beam Entertainment Right to Your Seat at 35,000 Feet

October 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

News about Allegiant Air usually is all about cheap fares to lesser known city pairs, unique fees and surcharges, and of course the recent ability to fly all the way over to Hawaii. Rarely—as in never—do we hear the carrier’s thoughts on in-flight entertainment or other tech tidbits to keep passengers entertainment while up in the air, so that’s why we almost choked on our breakfast burrito when we heard about their feelings on in-flight movies.

Allegiant is planning to team up with Row 44 in hopes of bringing a little bit of in-flight connectivity to their low-cost carrier model, as apparently they understand that even passengers on cheap fares can get pretty darn bored up in the air.

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Boeing Adds In-Flight WiFi and Other Tech Tidbits as Standard Options

September 27, 2012 at 9:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to airplanes there’s all kinds of standard features. You’re pretty much guaranteed a seat, a tray table, and of course a seatbelt. However, as technology moves forward you might just be guaranteed a few other things that will keep you in touch with the folks on the ground. We’re already pretty familiar with in-flight WiFi, but it looks like Boeing wants some of these tech tidbits to become standard equipment across their lineup.

Things like in-flight cell phone use, WiFi options, and even television will now be available as options on some of the new planes. This year you can expect 747-8s and 777s to roll off the assembly line with the features and Boeing is even working to retrofit some of the new connectivity options onto and into the 787 as well.

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