Longhornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3094 posts, RR: 48 Posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1279 times:
This may be a stupid question, and I still can't ever get the search function to return anything, so if it has already been asked, point me in the right direction and feel free to delete this one.
Here's my comment/question:
Does AA have AVOD for their IFE? I sure seem to recall being able to pick which movies I've wanted to watch in both F and J classes on several trips on the 777. Don't remember C, so I can't say anything for that.
Is that even what AVOD is (I assume, though not completely certain that AVOD stands for Audio Video On Demand)? If not, an explanation would be much appreciated.
It just seems to me that AVOD is the latest craze, and I suppose I'm wondering how its different from the product that AA has been offering in their premium classes for at least 5 years now?
Utapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 9 Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1217 times:
AA's current IFE product is not AVOD. It offers multiple channels (9-10), that run in roughly 2-hour cycles. So you can choose what you watch, but if you don't catch the first few minutes of a channel, you will have to catch it next time around. So, Channel 1 is CBS Eye on American, runs approximately 2 hours, and after a 15-20 minute "break" to allow for all the videos to finish, the entire cycle starts again. So you could watch Eye on America again, or switch to another channel. Usually 2-4 or 5 are movies, 8 is comedy, 9 is like CSI or another prime-time show (2 segments per cycle), 10 is kids network, and the others in between are sports, Japanese shows (for NRT-KIX flights), etc.
But if you wake up from a nap, you can't just push "Pink Panther" and have the movie start "on demand".
Willyj From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 467 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1201 times:
Although in First Class on 777s you can watch individual cassette movies in addition to what is playing on the individual screens. I suppose business class on the 763s is also sort of on demand as AA uses individual dvd players, so you can stop/rewind/pause, etc but you can't flip through channels.
No, but through a folder with roughly 20 DVDs... The players only play those licensed DVDs though, and the DVDs also do not play on any other player or laptop, so bringing your own does not help if you don't bring your own player too.
Longhornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3094 posts, RR: 48 Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1142 times:
Thank you all for the replies. How silly of me to forget about the cycles, I remembered that being the case as soon as I saw your reply. Thats interesting that the DVD players in J class on the 763 only play the DVDs that AA offers you (I assume thats how it works, the only time I flew J on the 763 was about 18 months ago, DFW-LAX, and they didn't give them out.)
Qqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2198 posts, RR: 14 Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1106 times:
The new IFE for the 763 j-class is on demand, however, they are individual players that have all their content self contained in digital format, what American calls PEDs or Personal Electronic Devices. You might have heard them referred to as DigiPlayers before (Alaska has them), although these are supposedly next generation and much larger.
These new devices contain movies, along with tv programs, music videos, daily news clips and games, and the units are completely portable.
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