Lufthansa Airlines to allow watching in-flight movies on personal devices
Such infrastructure is costly, and when it comes to the airline industry, overhead eats up all the money. Lufthansa Systems, a business unit of the airline was looking at ways to delivery new products and services that might generate more revenue.
Then came a great idea, develop on-board servers that would deliver content to passengers’ personal devices. Since smartphones and tablets have become the indispensable companions of many people, it makes perfect sense. It also means a lot less money spent on customizing individual seats, adding weight to the aircraft.
BoardConnect was born. BoardConnect is a small server that is installed inside an aircraft’s electronics bay and linked to wireless access points positioned inside the passenger cabin. There, fliers can access content ranging from movies and music to publications and other media.
Lufthansa Systems builds the servers, they run on Microsoft Server 2008. Also on the servers is Microsoft’s PlayReady DRM application which prevents passengers from saving the content they may be streaming on their device. For their device, the passengers simply have to download an app before their flight. The app is available for iOS, Android and Windows. Even Amazon Kindle owners can use the Android version of the app.
Look to see BoardConnect replacing in-seat entertainment systems in the near future across all sorts of aircraft in several airlines.
1. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)
Nice, but in flight Wi-Fi is a lot better.
2. pwnarena (Posts: 878; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
nice. i just wonder how content owners would react to this. won't they ask for licensing fees? aren't they indirectly promoting piracy by spreading digital content like that?
3. Gulliver (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)
You have access to the content even now when you are on the flight. You will be able to view it but not download it or use it later/out the plane. No change from this perspective. Consider it as a local "youtube" for the plain ...
4. andynaija (Posts: 457; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
Sounds great and simple. Hopefully this will be implemented by next year, and I hope they offer a lot of content that will cater to everybody's tastes.