FlyBoeing
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In-flight Entertainment

Sun Jul 23, 2000 12:12 pm

Everybody loves a PTV. Unfortunately it's massively expensive to put one in an airplane. The screens are small, and I think that they're overhyped. Often they break down, etcetera. Of course I wouldn't pass one up but then again I doubt that a PTV can do anything other than entertain me for 2 hours instead of 15 minutes. What do you people think of any viable and more cost-effective ways of providing inflight entertainment to coach passengers on long-haul flights?

My suggestions are:

Free airline rentals of electronic books. Every month the airlines would buy the rights to all of the New York Times Bestsellers and Tom Clancy, John Grisham, whatever. Then you lay down a deposit for the Rocket e-book and they download the appropriate titles to you. This is cheap- only $299 per pax plus licencing rights that are the same as providing movies. Also a lot quieter. The pax lay down a deposit so the airline doesn't lose the equipment. This could also replace the limited stocks of magazines on board, and with Connexion by Boeing they could provide titles over the Internet.

For kids: Rent out Gameboys or other electronic games. Kids love those more than they love cartoons(which could be shown as main-screen entertainment). Each wide-body could be supplied with 100 games for the sets, signed out by parents at the beginning of the flight. Gameboys only cost $100.

What do you guys think?
 
Adam84
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RE: In-flight Entertainment

Sun Jul 23, 2000 1:02 pm

When I was in MSP, I saw this DVD player rental stand, It was cheap for a DVD player but they were only in 3 cities so I didnt rent one cause I didnt want to pay for 7 days of a DVD I wasnt going to use. I thought it was a great idea and would rather be able to choose the movies I want to see instead of having a list of like 6 movies to watch, and you can stop it and what not and you dont get interuppted by the captain. PTV's are overrated.
 
bacardi182
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RE: In-flight Entertainment

Sun Jul 23, 2000 1:12 pm

i also hate it when the FA won't let me pick out the movie i want! the last time i flew from dfw-eze the MD-11 had ptvs in buisness and the FA wouldnt let me watch some edited rated R movie because she said she wouldn't let her 16 year old daughter watch the movie! My dad paid $3000 for a ticket and i couldnt pick the movie i wanted!!!!!!!!!!! she made me watch some other gay ass movie!

i also hate it when i pick a movie and the FA looks at my mom and says "is it ok if he watches that? its PG-13" my mom would laugh her ass off and say "He is 16, he can watch whatever the hell he wants."

maybe i shouldnt watch those grown up movies, they give me potty mouth  
 
Purdue Arrow
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RE: In-flight Entertainment

Sun Jul 23, 2000 2:54 pm

We have one of those DVD rental stands in San Diego, too. Unfortunately, there is not one in O'Hare, so I have never used the service. It's a pretty reasonable price, though, if there is a place to return it at your destination airport.

Bicardi - I don't think that the movies are edited for the in-seat video (I assume you were on AA for dfw-eze). I've seen some things on the First Class videos that I can't imagine them leaving in for the main screen, and aside from having violent scenes/foul language/etc, they are not "touched up" like the main screen movies. For example, when "Liar, Liar" was shown on American, the main screen showed airplanes with the Tower Air titles removed, while the armrest video had planes that had the titles on them. Since they are not edited for content, some people and/or companies feel a moral responsibility. Just as WalMart policy is to not sell R rated movies to people under 17, so too did this particular employee feel an obligation to ask your parents for permission before letting you see an R rated movie. You and I have no problems watching them, but I know people whose parents do not approve of them seeing R rated films, and those parents would appreciate that the FA asked. I don't know whether your experience was the FA's decision or AA policy, but I have never had any problem getting my movie selections.
 
Southern
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RE: In-flight Entertainment

Sun Jul 23, 2000 5:05 pm

one year i flew a MAS 747 in economy.... One movie was rated R... amazing.... i don't think they would expect all the kids not to watch it....

unfortunately with the gameboys, during times of turbulence, landings etc. they would have to be turned off so not to cause interference with the planes system. I was playing with mine one year and i was told to turn it off whenever the seatbelt sign was on.... with me i usually obey these rules but some kids may not....
 
Purdue Arrow
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RE: In-flight Entertainment

Sun Jul 23, 2000 5:25 pm

I don't think that most airlines would require Gameboys to be turned off when the seatbelt sign is on... On American, at least, passengers are allowed to use laptops, cd players, etc. during all times other than takeoff and landing.
 
Guest

RE: In-flight Entertainment

Mon Jul 24, 2000 3:50 am

PTV are great!! They are better thatn the DVD and the electronic thingies if SINGAPORE hasnt dumped them I can tell why they are great people would complain all the time. As for Bacrdi's Expirience R is for 17+ even 35000ft above the ground. The FA is just doing his or her job. Its not her fault if there is any problem with PTV why dont you just fly airlines with the big screens with one big screen in every sec. Honestly PTV are not bad they are great on GOOD airlines you can puse and if the capt. interrupts the movie is paused.
 
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RE: In-flight Entertainment

Mon Jul 24, 2000 6:16 am

I think PTV's are great, but they are best when you have multi channels with comedy, movies, sports, news, music videos, etc etc (a la Birtish Airways). As far as Personal Video (personal video player) goes (vs. In Seat Video), the movies are NOT edited. I watch the personal video selections all the time on United's JFK-LAX/SFO flights in first and it says in the entertaimnet guide "films are not edited for content - viewer discretion advised" or something to that effect. Bacardi182: yeah well all teens feel persecuted at different times. It can suck, but eventually this will pass. Trust me.
 
FlyBoeing
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RE: In-flight Entertainment

Mon Jul 24, 2000 12:12 pm

Yes, all of this is well and good, but if you guys were airline executives, how would you guys improve in-flight entertainment without putting in PTVs?
 
bacardi182
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RE: In-flight Entertainment

Mon Jul 24, 2000 1:07 pm

sleeper seats would help. sleeping is the best way to make a long flight really short  
 
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RE: In-flight Entertainment

Tue Jul 25, 2000 1:41 am

FlyBoeing : For kids: Rent out Gameboys or other electronic games. Kids love those more than they love cartoons(which could be shown as main-screen entertainment). Each wide-body could be supplied with 100 games for the sets, signed out by parents at the beginning of the flight. Gameboys only cost $100.

I am only 13, i'm flying OKC-ORD-LHR thursday. i love my gameboy!! It's the best for entertaining me. but gameboys are not 100 smakaros. with 100 bucks you could buy a game boy color as well as two of the best games out (Pokemon yellow and tetris are my favorite 2) . Ptvs are just a plus. its great to have them, put if you don't you have the big screen and all the stuff you brought such as, books,cd player, and etc.

BritAir777
 
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RE: In-flight Entertainment

Tue Jul 25, 2000 6:30 am

I think without PTV's, the airline would suck, plainly.
 
Guest

RE: In-flight Entertainment

Tue Jul 25, 2000 6:34 am

I think without PTV's, the airline would suck, plainly. I love PTV's on airlines (provided they have multi-channels, but a personal video player or just two channels is better than nothing). KEEP PTV's FREE!!! LOL
 
eg777er
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RE: In-flight Entertainment

Tue Jul 25, 2000 6:07 pm

Bear in mind that PTVs are passive entertainment - you just have to sit there and veg, occasionally pressing the volume or the channel change button.

With books, you actually have to pay attention to what you are reading, effort is required and you have to turn pages - it sounds really lazy to say 'it's a shag to turn the page' but this is why TV is so much more popular than reading books.

When I used to fly with my parents back and forth between LHR and LIS (2 hours) (on day trips sometimes!) they used to buy me a book at LHR to read on the flight. Now I don't read at all on the a/c - just watch the PTV.

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