Thales is collaborating with Netskrt Systems, the only provider of edge Content Delivery Networks for Air, to bring passengers full access to streaming video services while on board flights.
According to Thales, when hosted by the company’s in-flight entertainment and connectivity system, Netskrt’s unique edge content delivery network (eCDN) will provide content caching for a high-quality streaming experience of direct-to-consumer native content applications to seatback screens and personal devices.
Thales says on-demand content is stored on board and regularly uploaded on the ground and in the air, providing access to the latest titles.
Kurt Weidemeyer, VP Product Delivery Digital, Thales InFlyt Experience, said: “At Thales we’re always at the forefront of innovation, investing in digital technologies, and working with our partners to anticipate our customers’ future ambitions. We’re excited to work with Netskrt to deliver a new era of in-flight entertainment, giving passengers an ‘at-home viewing experience’. Our collaboration will create opportunities for new direct-to-consumer video streaming partner integrations to provide a high-quality passenger experience.”
Sig Luft, Netskrt’s co-founder, President and CEO, said: “Thales’ innovative vision and commitment to customer satisfaction make them the ideal partner to bring edge caching to airlines and their passengers. People are increasingly accessing direct to consumer video streaming services for their news and entertainment content, and expect access to these services wherever they go. Airlines are increasingly seeking solutions that provide passengers access to their favourite video streaming service on board.”