Anyone that travellers frequently, knows just
how quickly the content on even the most advanced inflight
entertainment system can become dated.
Lufthansa however, may well
have the answer. The airline's inflight entertainment service now
includes an integrated live TV channel: Sports 24.
The signal is transmitted directly on
board by satellite via Lufthansa's FlyNet broadband Internet
service and from there to the entertainment system.
Internet, this service, which is already available on three
recently delivered Airbus A330s, is free of charge for passengers.
Sports 24 has special airline rights for all
major sports events such as the UEFA European Football
Championship (opening match, all German matches, finals) and the
Olympic Games in London.
The English-language channel will also
broadcast Bundesliga (as of the 2012/13 season) and Premier League
matches, all Formula-1 races, the NFL Superbowl, tennis with
Wimbledon and the French Open, and golf with the Ryder Cup and US
In addition, Lufthansa is investing in
cutting-edge hardware for inflight entertainment and will equip
its long-haul fleet with the Rave system by the California-based
producer The IMS Company. As of next spring, passengers on board B747-400s, A340-600s, A340-300s and A330-300s will successively be
able to use the system with the familiar ease of a tablet. They
can navigate simply by stroking or wiping a touch screen (Economy
Class) or by using a remote control with so-called one-finger
navigation in First and Business Class. Image resolution is higher
than that of the existing solutions and the system reacts much
faster to user input. As all the programme content is stored in
each seat display unit, it can even be used without connection to
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