SES Appoints John-Paul Hemingway as Chief Strategy and Product Officer

John-Paul Hemingway joins SES senior leadership team

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SES Appoints John-Paul Hemingway as Chief Strategy and Product Officer

Global content connectivity solutions provider SES has appointed John-Paul (JP) Hemingway as the company’s new Chief Strategy and Product Officer. The appointment underscores SES’s commitment to ideate, build and deliver the services and solutions that create the most value for SES customers and partners and their end users.

Hemingway will be driving SES’s growth strategy and translating the firm’s corporate vision into strategic action for its networks and video markets, which include target applications, strategic partnerships, portfolios of solutions and the space and network assets required to deliver them.

Steve Collar, CEO of SES, said: “The pace of innovation and change is unprecedented in our space and having been a leader in the industry for over 35 years we are putting in place the vision and focus to ensure that we will lead for the next 35.”

“2022 is a pivotal year for SES as we launch the infrastructure that will grow and develop our business for the next decade. JP at the helm of our growth strategy and as a partner to our sales teams will be an integral part of our success.”

The new role brings together the company’s corporate strategy, product, commercial operations, fleet development, innovation and marketing and communications departments, resulting in a flatter, leaner and more customer-oriented organisation.

Australian Open at sunset

Tennis Australia renews broadcast agreement with Sport 24

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Tennis Australia has renewed its broadcast partnership for the Australian Open with Sport 24 for a further three years. Sport 24 is a 24/7 live sports channel for the airline and cruise line industries and is owned by IMG.

The 2022 Australian Open will take place from 17-30 January at Melbourne Park. The tournament is supported by Australian Open major partner Kia in association with Emirates, Luzhou Laojiao and Rolex.

Richard Wise, SVP, Content and Channels, IMG’s media business, said: “As the first grand slam of the year, the Australian Open is always a must-see event for tennis and sports fans alike. We very much value our long-standing partnership with Tennis Australia and are delighted to have extended the relationship for a further three years, which in turn is good news for passengers for the next couple of weeks and the following two years.”

Following the renewal of the agreement, Sport 24 and its sister channel Sport 24 Extra – which have had a relationship with the event for more than 10 years – will now continue to connect travellers around the world with the Australian Open (AO), providing more than 150 hours of live coverage per year.

The agreement also includes AO lead-in events and AO originals programmes for passengers on select airlines and ships throughout the year.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said: “We are excited to renew our partnership with Sport 24 and to be able to bring the drama and excitement of all the action here at Melbourne Park to fans travelling across the globe, wherever they might be.”

Aeroflot has selected Panasonic Avionics to provide upgraded in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions for its entire fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft.

Aeroflot introduces new multimedia IFE programme concept

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Aeroflot has selected Panasonic Avionics to provide upgraded in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions for its entire fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft.

Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot is introducing a new in-flight entertainment (IFE) programme concept to its customers this month.

According to Aeroflot, almost all of its Western-built aircraft are equipped with an IFE system and the IFE programme is available in all classes of service on its Airbus A350, Airbus A330, Boeing 777, Boeing 737, Airbus A320/A321NEO and most of Airbus A320/A321 aircraft.

The new IFE concept provides more choice and more frequent content catalogue updates, with the carrier saying at least 60 Russian and international film premieres and 40 new movie releases with an IMDb rating of six and up will be added monthly.

Around 50% of the most recent film releases will be supplied by Hollywood studios and the biggest rights holders, and the IFE system will be featuring new trending genres such as short educational animated videos, podcasts and video interviews with celebrities.

The IFE’s selection of Russian and Soviet films will also be enhanced and Aeroflot’s passengers with disabilities will have a wider choice of content with captions and audio descriptions.

AERQ has joined the Video Streaming Alliance

AERQ joins Streaming Video Alliance

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AERQ has joined the Video Streaming Alliance

AERQ has confirmed its membership of the Streaming Video Alliance, a global technical association developing solutions to address critical technical challenges in delivering a high-quality video experience at scale.

AERQ joined the Alliance, which includes companies from across the streaming video ecosystem such as network operators, technology providers, service providers, and content owners, in Q3 2021, as a principal member that can lead working groups, projects, vote on documents, and be voted to the board.

“AERQ strives to be at the forefront of the industry at all times. By joining the Streaming Video Alliance, we join a group of industry leaders who are shaping the future of online video,” said Sang Soo Lee, Co-Managing Director at AERQ. “Engaging with the Alliances’ working groups allows AERQ to explore and develop ideas that benefit our industry while ensuring that AERQ is directly involved in shaping the future of video streaming.”

“We are happy AERQ has chosen to be part of the Streaming Video Alliance,” said Jason Thibeault, Executive Director at the Streaming Video Alliance. “AERQ contributes to our efforts by providing knowledge and expertise about streaming video applications in the aviation industry, such as in-flight video entertainment, which contribute to improving the output of our working groups and, ultimately, making best practices, guidelines, and specifications more inclusive of all streaming use cases.”

Intelsat expands its global 5G software-defined network

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Intelsat and Thales Alenia Space are to build two software-defined satellites designed to advance Intelsat’s global fabric of software-defined GEO connectivity as part of its 5G software-defined network.

Intelsat 41 (IS-41) and Intelsat 44 (IS-44) are scheduled to enter service in 2025, joining two Airbus constructed software-defined satellites, Intelsat 42 (IS-42) and Intelsat 43 (IS-43), announced in January 2021.

Intelsat 41 and Intelsat 44 will be based on Thales Alenia Space’s innovative Space Inspire product line, allowing seamless telecommunications mission and services reconfiguration, instant in-orbit adjustment to broadband connectivity demand, and superior video broadcasting performance while maximising the effective use of the satellite resources.

“Intelsat’s standards-based open-architecture network design facilitates the incorporation of the best technology at any given time, further bolstering network resiliency,” said Stephen Spengler, CEO of Intelsat. “With the addition of Intelsat 41 and Intelsat 44, in partnership with Thales Alenia Space, Intelsat will blanket the earth with software-defined satellites, progressing the world’s first global 5G software-defined network, designed to unify the global telecoms ecosystem.”

The contract enables the continued advancement of Intelsat’s planned global software-defined satellite-based network, adding high-speed dynamically-allocated connectivity across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia for commercial and government mobility services and cellular backhaul.

Hervé Derrey, CEO of Thales Alenia Space, said: “Our relationship with Intelsat has been so meaningful, knowing that our attractive Space Inspire software-defined solution will contribute to the realization of Intelsat’s global 5G software-defined unified network. We are proud that our advanced satellite technology will play a significant role in Intelsat’s vision to reimagine the global telecoms ecosystem.”

As part of a complete refurbishment of a Gulfstream GIV SP aircraft, ALTO Aviation partnered with VIP Completions, to install a new ALTO cabin audio system.

ALTO Aviation and VIP Completions upgrade audio experience

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As part of a complete refurbishment of a Gulfstream GIV SP aircraft, ALTO Aviation partnered with VIP Completions, to install a new ALTO cabin audio system.

As part of a complete refurbishment of a Gulfstream GIV SP aircraft, ALTO Aviation partnered with VIP Completions, to install a new ALTO cabin audio system.

The new ALTO Sound system replaced the obsolete factory-installed audio system. The installation included six ultralight, high-performance ASP-401 Mid-High loudspeakers, which are fit-compatible replacements for the original loudspeakers.

This cabin audio upgrade required a substantial improvement of the bass performance over the original system, which was achieved by strategically placing four ASW-279 ALTO Subwoofers into the aircraft’s two cabin zones, providing a crystal-clear, powerful, and balanced acoustic performance. In addition, the installation offered excellent sound performance throughout the cabin, fully supported by two ALTO DA-230 amplifiers.

An ALTO cabin systems engineer tuned the system onsite at the VIP Completions facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US to perfectly match the aircraft’s acoustic profile upon completing the installation. Following the specifications of the aircraft owner, the tuning focused on a fully optimised and powerful Stereo presentation, with special sonic attention and sweet spots specifically directed to the second row of VIP seats in the forward zone.

“The aircraft came with its original interior; at almost 20-years-old it was dated visually and cabin entertainment and connectivity standpoint. The owner wanted to modernise everything and insisted on the best of the best. We did not hesitate one second in recommending the ALTO product to ensure an incredible audio experience for the owner and all their guests,” said Ben Shirazy, President of VIP Completions.

“Every detail of this seamless installation by VIP Completions is simply outstanding and looks straight from the factory; we are so excited and thankful knowing that the ALTO Sound specifically designed for this project has exceeded their client’s strict audiophile requirements. We look forward to continuing our valued and consistent partnership with VIP Completions to provide their clients with unrivalled cabin sound quality and to continue exceeding their highest acoustic expectations,” Don Hamilton, ALTO Aviation President, said.

The installation is part of a complete aircraft refurbishment that included new wood, upholstery, carpeting, soft goods, plating, lighting, and audio and video upgrades.

Air Cote d'Ivoire aircraft mid-flight

Air Côte D’Ivoire opts for Moment for IFE provision

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Air Côte d’Ivoire is equipping its fleet of nine aircraft (A320neo, A320 and Q400) with the Flymingo Box, Moment’s portable wireless in-flight entertainment system.

Available on selected aircraft since 24 December 2021, the Flymingo Box server gives passengers access to a wide range of content including films, music, press, radio, podcasts, and digital books.

Easily installed in the cabin and requiring no intervention from the crew, the Flymingo Box allows rapid distribution throughout the cabin of a single-aisle aircraft.

“We are delighted with this partnership with Moment, which allows the deployment of a digital entertainment system dedicated to our passengers,” said Laurent Loukou, CEO of Air Côte d’Ivoire. “We are committed to being a forward-looking airline and Moment supports us in this process Among all the entertainment possibilities available on the market, Moment’s solution met the best of our expectations. Offering a broad range of content and services, it can evolve according to our needs to become a genuine point of contact on board. We were also thrilled with Moment’s uptime and the simplicity of its system both in installation and passenger use – a significant differentiating point.”

Moment’s Sales Director Dieudonné Kamaté said: “We are pleased to make our expertise available to Air Côte d’Ivoire and to collaborate with the company to equip its entire fleet with our Flymingo Box solution. The Flymingo Box’s deployment model and technology are perfectly suited to the strategy of the company and to its aircraft. As an agile solution, it offers passengers a wide variety of content and allows the company to increase on-board satisfaction and loyalty.”

Airbus A350

Motus and Shoreline partner on IFE offerings

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Airbus A350

Motus and Shoreline Entertainment have signed a long-term partnership for the transport industry.

Through this collaboration a catalogue of more than 200 hours of entertainment curated by Shoreline is available immediately to airlines on a AVOD (advertising-based video on demand) revenue share basis.

The initial catalogue delivers a wide range of content from highbrow festival winning feature films, content spanning all genres including documentaries, musicals, and classic cartoons and popular TV series.

Air India aircraft in flight

ICCR encourages greater use of Indian music onboard Indian airlines

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The lndian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has proposed that Indian airlines play Indian music onboard to further promote Indian culture.

ICCR President Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe hosted a meeting before Christmas with the Minister for Civil Aviation’ Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia and selected musicians to discuss the idea of promoting lndian classical and ethnic music.

The ICCR believes that such an initiative would renew national interest in lndian music and further help the propagation of India’s multi-faceted culture, and its dissemination to a larger audience. The music played by most airlines across the globe is the quintessential of the country to which the airline belongs.

According to an ICCR press release, “This seemingly small change [to] play lndian music in flights operated by lndian air companies shall go a long way in igniting love for the motherland in the hearts of our countrymen.”

JetBlue has launched a partnership with Genius Brands International and Spafax Inflight Entertainment, to feature Kartoon Channel! content as part of its in-flight entertainment experience.

Genius Brands added to JetBlue’s IFE library

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JetBlue has launched a partnership with Genius Brands International and Spafax Inflight Entertainment, to feature Kartoon Channel! content as part of its in-flight entertainment experience.

JetBlue has launched a partnership with Genius Brands International and Spafax Inflight Entertainment to feature Kartoon Channel content as part of its in-flight entertainment experience.

The partnership includes a sampling of Genius Brands’ hit content, including Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rainbow Rangers and Pluto TV KC! Pop Quiz.

Jon Ollwerther, President of Kartoon Channel, said: “We are honoured that Kartoon Channel has been selected by JetBlue as part of their in-flight entertainment offering. We believe our shows were selected due the quality of the programming, which appeals to children, while providing parents comfort that the programs are both safe and enriching. JetBlue is committed to providing the best experience to its customers and, consistent with this goal, it’s a true privilege to share our content with JetBlue kids and families as we expand our footprint into the skies.”