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.
Spafax has become one of the most consistently successful content service providers supplying movies, TV, audio and magazines to many of the world’s blue chip airlines. But how did the company come into being back in the early 1980s? Calling all aficionados of inflight entertainment history – you’re in for a treat today as Steve meets Duncan Hilleary, co-founder of Spafax. Join us and discover how the company got its name and view an early promotional video featuring Duncan and co-founder Jeremy Hunter. Enjoy!