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ENTERTAINMENT: Connexion by Boeing to bring Live IPTV into airplanes
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 12.01.06 - 12:45:23 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 13810x
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Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company, ushered in the new year by announcing evolutions in its pricing and service enhancements for its real-time high-speed Internet and entertainment services to airline passengers in flight.

The service enhancements include an expanded delivery of four channels of live global television to airlines that offer the Connexion by Boeing service and implementation of Yahoo! as the exclusive search engine on the service's portal used by passengers on flights to access the Internet and E-Mail.

Beginning Monday, January 23, all airlines equipped with the Connexion by Boeing service may begin offering their passengers four channels of live global TV from their laptops. Live global TV programming is part of the Internet and data access service and is provided at no additional cost to passengers purchasing the Connexion by Boeing service. The Yahoo! Search Engine feature, available on the Connexion by Boeing air portal, will also be accessible by passengers beginning January 15.

The television programming, which will be distributed across the Connexion by Boeing global network, consists of BBC World, EuroNews, Eurosportnews, CNBC and MSNBC.

"Connexion by Boeing is at the forefront of a major shift in how people communicate and entertain themselves no matter where they are," said Friedman. "Our service continues to evolve with more innovative features that enhance passengers' in-flight experience."

In addition, Connexion by Boeing announced to simplify the access plans, giving passengers more flexibility with four choices based on the amount of time they want to be connected:

Internet Time - Unlimited Internet access beginning at time of first sign-in

  • 1 hour - US$ 9.95
  • 2 hours - US$ 14.95
  • 3 hours - US$ 17.95

Internet Flight - Unlimited Internet access, including connecting flights within 24 hours of sign-in

  • 24 hours - US$26.95

The new pricing, effective January 31, is based on extensive customer research conducted individually and in conjunction with, leading airlines in Europe, Asia and the U.S.

"As our service has expanded to more airlines and destinations worldwide, passengers have enjoyed the benefits of airborne Internet access. Yet, through our customer research, passengers also have told us they want simplified pricing based on the time they are connected and more options for how to pay for it," said David Friedman, vice president of marketing and direct sales, Connexion by Boeing. "We've listened closely and are making changes that provide added flexibility at price points more favorable to our customers."

Sounds good, live TV on your Notebook (maybe even Pocket PC, as long as you don't have to install a dedicated client but if you can use Windows Media Player) sounds like getting more fun during a 10 hours flight. However, I'm really looking to get "customized" live TV through a Sling Media Slingbox since this solution will give me access to my home TV channels, instead of watching pre-selected TV channels.

Cheers ~ Arne

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