Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Eyeing IFE

January is the time when predictions for the year ahead can be found, and last week Adam Williams, Marketing Director for digEcor, the handheld entertainment systems provider came out with three important forecasts for inflight entertainment. 

The Utah-based company likes to keep its finger on the pulse of the industry. Last month, we wrote about digEcor's yearly passenger survey. The survey had some interesting responses in the preferences of passengers for inflight connectivity and movies. 

In addition to his duties at digEcor, Williams is editor of Airline Solutions Insider
"I don’t expect to see many big advancements in 2012," Williams writes.  "Rather, I think suppliers and airlines will work together to further bring last year’s innovations to the marketplace and then enhance those offerings."

On the business end, Williams said initial public offerings, like the one for Gogo, shows there is some confidence in a shaky investment community. On the technology side, expect to see greater access and effectiveness to apps with the introduction of HTML5. The third trend will be the rise of Android-based IFE systems. 

"Walking around the annual APEX meeting last Fall in Seattle you could easily find a slew of providers using Android as the OS of choice," he says. 

By next falls APEX event much more will be known of these and other trends. This past year saw many changes in the world of IFE. We should expect even more in the year ahead.

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