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Michael Childers

Chief Consultant
8 posts since
Oct 04, 2018
Phone: +1 (816) 405-7527
Involved in inflight entertainment for 40 years, Michael Childers ran the first and largest independent IFE content distribution company for 12 years, then launched LightStream Communications Group as president and CEO which he ran for five years before becoming an independent consultant. From 2006 through 2009 he was Managing Director, Content & Media Strategy, for The IMS Company (now Zodiac) and returned to independent consultancy in 2009. His consulting clients have included Panasonic Avionics, Thales, SmartJog, and many others. In 2013 he was awarded the APEX Outstanding Contribution Award for leadership in digital technology. He has been on the APEX Board of Directors and APEX Technology Committee chair since 2013, and has been with Lufthansa Systems since 2011.
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History of IFE Systems: The introduction of wireless systems

Friday, Sep 06, 2019, 10:14
 The IFE systems improved over the time. However, the high installation costs and their weight remained an issue. That changed with the third major paradigm shift in IFE: wireless systems. Let´s see which impact this idea had and where IFE is going in the future in the last part of our blog series summarizing the history of IFE.

History of IFE Systems: The challenge to provide movies

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019, 9:47
The beginning of digital IFE was marked by different challenges. Besides hardware and software problems, the IFE providers struggled to find an efficient technological way to provide movies to aircraft – safe and not too expensive. In part 4 of our blog series on the history of IFE we take a look at how to provide the content.

History of IFE Systems: From analog to digital – a start with difficulties

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019, 9:26
The migration from analog to digital—and from linear to on-demand—is IFE’s second paradigm change which took place in the Nineties. During that time, the industry had to deal with some notable failures. Let´s remember what exactly happened back then and check out part 3 of our blog series summarizing the history of IFE.

History of IFE Systems: From communal screens to personal screens

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019, 11:23
The migration from 16mm film to 8mm film to videotape encompassed significant changes, but the first change worthy of the term “paradigm shift” in IFE is almost certainly the shift from the communal screen (overhead screen) to the personal screen. Let´s take a closer look at the history of IFE in part 2 of our blog series.

History of In-Flight Entertainment Systems: How it all began

Friday, Aug 09, 2019, 9:29
Providing living room-quality entertainment 30,000 feet above the ground is a remarkable technological achievement and one with a history of entrepreneurial and technological innovation. In this blog series we will show the history of in-flight entertainment. Let´s take a look at its beginning.

IFE advertising is at a crossroads: Part 2

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2019, 12:58
In the first part of my articles on IFE advertising I talked about automated workflows, the need to build a global cross-platform ecosystem and the possibilities of targeted advertising. In the following second part I will focus on “programmatic” advertising.
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