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Internet TV Takes To The Skies

Posted: 27th Jul, 2005 By: MarkJ
It's not just raw Internet access making its way onto planes, now Boeing's Connexion technology is also being used to deliver online TV content as well:

Internet television will debut with four channels on Singapore Airlines this year, but programmes will be available only on laptop computers that are equipped with Windows Media Player 9.

To get the signal to the seat back TV monitors, the airline has to connect the internet connection to the plane's entertainment system and transform the internet signal to a digital one.

The technology uses several WiFi access points inside the aircraft to create a wireless network. The signal is transmitted back to earth via satellites. The service currently offers speeds of up to 4 Mbit downstream and 1 Mbit upstream for all users combined. These will be increased as user adoption grows.


Plane based Internet TV is set to arrive sometime during mid-2006 and will ultimately find its way onto several European and USA airlines. More @ VNUNet.
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