The signs are down, the stands are packed away, another APEX conference is done and dusted. More than 3,000 delegates headed back home, most (but not all) with clear heads, each armed with a stack of business cards and a long “to do” list. An excellent time therefore to reflect on the week in Anaheim with this year’s APEX President, Alfy Veretto.
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!