What’s the most popular form of inflight entertainment? Movies? TV? Music? If your answer was anyone of these then you’d be wrong. According to Rockwell Collins, the most popular form of inflight entertainment is watching Airshow. The product has come a long way since it was launched in the early ‘80s but even now you still have to watch it on an embedded airline screen. That’s all about to change as Steve Harvey discovered from today’s guest on the PME Interview, Cathleen Collett, Senior Manager at Airshow Marketing.
Every airline wants their content on board the first of the month and at the same time, the very latest movies and TV shows. Airlines pay big bucks for content; in addition there are management fees, technical charges including encoding, metadata, integration, quality control and finally delivery. Panasonic’s Matthias Walther believes that some of these steps can be eliminated saving both time and money. Reasonable or unrealistic? Judge for yourself in this week’s PME Interview.
Twentieth Century Fox is on a roll. A strong slate of movies, a host of exciting new TV shows and an innovative if somewhat controversial licensing policy have all helped Fox maintain a healthy slice of the inflight entertainment content market. Twentieth Century Fox originally came into being on May 31st 1935, the result of a merger between the Fox Film Corporation and Twentieth Century Pictures. Executive Vice President Non-Theatrical, Julian Levin and Vice President Non-Theatrical Neal Rothman both work from an office situated on the Fox studio lot. In fact, as Steve Harvey discovered when he met with Neal recently, the Fox Inflight office has a very interesting past.
When it comes to spotting a great airline movie and securing the In-flight rights, you’d be hard pressed to beat today’s guest on the PME Interview. Peter George is a senior member of the team at the independent In-flight movie distributor, Jaguar. Peter is one of the most experienced operators in this very competitive field and today he talks to Steve Harvey about how he came to get into the business and what makes a good In-flight movie.
Can you think of a smart way to send movies and TV programs around the world without using Fedex or DHL? Perhaps we can jog your memory?
For a number of years now, distributors, labs, hardware companies and content service providers have been using Smartjog to send encrypted TV shows and movies around the world electronically instead of using a courier service. Now airlines are starting to see the benefit of using the service for delivering content files in minutes rather than days.
Time to find out more as Steve Harvey meets with the Vice President of Sales at Smartjog, Christiane Ducasse.