Gogo has confirmed that its IPTV product, Gogo TV, is now active on three global airlines, delivering live TV to more than 550 aircraft.
Gogo TV delivers live television programming including sports and news. Content can be delivered to passengers’ Wi-Fi enabled personal electronic devices or integrated into an airline’s seatback entertainment system. Channel options are customised by the airline that allow passengers to watch popular networks in their country or region.
The service is available to airlines that select Gogo’s 2Ku high-speed satellite connectivity system and is delivered through the existing in cabin network.
“Passengers expect live TV and video in the cabin with the consistency and quality they experience on their couches at home, but there are unique challenges to delivering new in-flight TV and video products and services,” says Blane Boynton, SVP of product management at Gogo. “Unlike legacy live TV systems with a dedicated TV antenna, Gogo’s satellite antennas supports both the fastest connectivity available to passengers and live TV. Gogo enables airlines to deliver market-leading in-flight entertainment products that enhance the competitiveness and profitability of our partners.”
Gogo TV utilises High Efficiency Video Coding compression that reduces satellite bandwidth usage up to 40 percent. Unlike competitive systems, Gogo TV combines multiple channels into a single multicast stream.