Pretty soon it will be time to pack your bags and head for Anaheim. In just a few days, APEX EXPO 2014 will be open for business. Once again, The PME Interview is pleased to offer a preview as Steve Harvey meets with Panasonic’s Matthias Walther and Thales’s Dominique Giannoni to discuss the latest industry trends and to try to persuade them to reveal some of the new exciting products to be unveiled at the show – never an easy task!
Online blogs and news reports are full of articles on how airlines will soon be ditching conventional IFE systems and instead, streaming content to PEDs, i.e. personal entertainment devices, such as smart phones or tablets. One airline that has taken the plunge is El Al and here to explain why is their Inflight Entertainment Manager, Tal Kalderon.
A few years back a new acronym entered our vocabulary – the GUI. The Graphical User Interface is probably the most viewed item on any long haul flight – and that includes the moving map display. It’s the key that opens the door to all the goodies on board the inflight entertainment system. Not long ago, changing the GUI involved a huge outlay in both cash and time. Now, with the latest IFE systems, changing your GUI is a much easier task. WOI, Western Outdoor Interactive, has supplied so many GUIs they’ve literally lost count. Here to explain the process is the VP of Product Planning and Design at WOI, Sameer Tendolkar.
Have you ever wondered how independent distributors get the rights to sell movies to airlines? Companies like Jaguar, Entertainment in Motion, Fairdeal and Terry Steiner International have had huge success in building a business signing up the rights to show movies inflight. One such distributor is Cinesky and its founder, Betsy Hamlin, is our special guest on the PME Interview, to explain how the small independents manage to compete against the big six!
Today we’re bringing you some sound advice. In this instance, sound equates to audio books. Ever since the emergence of AOD which allows passengers to start the audio program at the beginning as opposed to joining half way through, audio books have become a popular part of the inflight entertainment offering. One of the industry leaders in this field is UK based Spoken Ink Media who can draw on Britain’s rich pool of acting talent. Steve Harvey’s guest on today’s PME Interview is the founder and CEO of Spoken Ink Media, Ed Caldecott.