Thales has become the first IFE supplier to deliver 4K screens to the full cabin with the introduction of a new state-of-the-art security and encoding technologies for its 4K in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems to enable streaming of premium Ultra High Definition (UHD) content.

Launch customer Emirates will introduce the system on its future 777X fleet starting in 2020.

Thales’s solution complies with the Studios highest security level standards using professional grade Digital Rights Management (DRM) and hardware level encryption within each screen. The company has worked with Hollywood movie studios to define and implement the optimum bit rates to display 4K content in an IFE environment. The solution uses Variable Bit Rates (VBR) encoding technology with bit rates up to 40+ Megabits per second (Mbps) providing exceptional video quality that is 10 times better than traditional IFE systems and streaming platforms

“The cabin environment is constantly evolving and this is a time of significant change in the industry. With continuous innovation of our products and solutions, Thales is at the forefront of new technology development. We are proud to support our airlines customers in their commitment to deliver an exceptional in-flight experience through our new 4K technologies,” commented Philippe Carette, CEO Thales Inflyt Experience.

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