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Friday, September 6, 2019 - 12:14

 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.

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Travelling couple in LH Economy Class
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 11:47

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.

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History of IFE Systems: inseat screens
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 11:26

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.

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Lufthansa Airbus A340 Economy Class
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 13:23

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.

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