Longhornmaniac
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AA And Avod

Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:21 am

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!

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Cameron
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utapao
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RE: AA And Avod

Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:22 am

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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willyj
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RE: AA And Avod

Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:27 am

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.
 
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RE: AA And Avod

Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:39 am

Willyj -

Good catch... I was focused on J and 777 comment, and forgot about the DVD players.
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nudelhirsch
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RE: AA And Avod

Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:50 am

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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Longhornmaniac
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RE: AA And Avod

Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:57 am

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
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qqflyboy
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RE: AA And Avod

Thu Jun 15, 2006 12:28 pm

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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RE: AA And Avod

Thu Jun 15, 2006 12:34 pm

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.


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Longhornmaniac
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RE: AA And Avod

Thu Jun 15, 2006 12:35 pm

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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