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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3275 posts, RR: 45
Posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1907 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?

Thanks!

Cheers,
Cameron

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User currently offlineUtapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1845 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".

Hope that helps.



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User currently offlineWillyj From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 468 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1829 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.

User currently offlineUtapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

Willyj -

Good catch... I was focused on J and 777 comment, and forgot about the DVD players.



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User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1791 times:

Quoting Willyj (Reply 2):
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.



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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3275 posts, RR: 45
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1770 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.)

Thanks again!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineQqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2256 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1734 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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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7172 posts, RR: 86
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1724 times:
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Camdawg.

I just flew LHR-LAX, AA 135 in C class, and the IFE was pretty crapy. I actually wouldn't have minded paying some cash and flying another carrier home to LAX.

The new AA C class seats look nice though, maybe I'll get one on AA 110/111, ORD-FCO-ORD.


Cheers.
Drew

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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3275 posts, RR: 45
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1724 times:

Quoting Qqflyboy (Reply 6):
and the units are completely portable.

For those hardcore movie watchers who have to take their movies with them to the lav, I assume.  Wink

Thanks for the info, Qqflyboy

Cheers,
Cameron


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