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IFE selections might be coming to airports

Old Jul 28, 22, 5:08 pm
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IFE selections might be coming to airports

I did a survey for Air Canada after receiving an email following a July 21 flight I took. This question jumped out as I hadn't heard this being mulled anywhere before:

Air Canada is evaluating a new entertainment offering. It would allow customers to watch TV and movies on personal devices in the airport for free the same premium TV and new release movies enjoyed on board Air Canada flights that are not yet available on streaming services such as Netflix.

How likely are you to watch these TV and movies in the airport, if available for free and on demand?
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Old Jul 28, 22, 7:45 pm
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That's actually quite cool and innovative.
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Old Jul 28, 22, 9:51 pm
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I could see myself using this! It would hopefully be a boot in the bum to help airports improve their WiFi. I'd point out YVR but their wireless has improved significantly over the past 3 years
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Old Jul 29, 22, 12:20 am
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Interesting idea. But who gets there early enough to watch a show? Or doesn't travel enough that there's anything good left to watch? But innovation is neat in any form. I wonder if they could build a streaming platform such that it would survive an airport full of people delayed if they choose to use that over Netflix, etc from mobile devices. I'm not one to watch movies on phones or laptops though.

I'd just like my newspapers back for in-airport entertainment.
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Old Jul 29, 22, 12:57 am
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Originally Posted by asovse1 View Post
I could see myself using this! It would hopefully be a boot in the bum to help airports improve their WiFi. I'd point out YVR but their wireless has improved significantly over the past 3 years
YVR airport or YVR MLL? I'd say the WiFi in the Dom MLL still isn't great.

Originally Posted by CdnFlier View Post
Interesting idea. But who gets there early enough to watch a show?
Given that, when flying domestically, I try to arrive at the airport shortly after boarding has started, I understand this comment.

But have you considered layovers? Many times I've flown YYC-YYZ-Europe, YYC-YVR-Oceania, YYC-YYZ-US, etc, and might have enjoyed having access to this between flights.
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Old Jul 29, 22, 2:04 am
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Originally Posted by CdnFlier View Post
Interesting idea. But who gets there early enough to watch a show?
Hey now, the only way to watch a movie on YYZ-YOW is if you start it at the airport.
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Old Jul 29, 22, 2:23 am
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Originally Posted by Adam Smith View Post
Given that, when flying domestically, I try to arrive at the airport shortly after boarding has started, I understand this comment.

But have you considered layovers? Many times I've flown YYC-YYZ-Europe, YYC-YVR-Oceania, YYC-YYZ-US, etc, and might have enjoyed having access to this between flights.
True enough, it's funny though, perhaps it's just me but Ido a lot of movie watching on planes - probably most of my watching - when I'm in an airport I'm pretty happy to do anything else.

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Hey now, the only way to watch a movie on YYZ-YOW is if you start it at the airport.
Fair point, the worst is an end of month trip where you start a movie and it's gone on your return flight a few days later.
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Old Jul 29, 22, 6:53 am
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Originally Posted by Adam Smith View Post
YVR airport or YVR MLL? I'd
But have you considered layovers? Many times I've flown YYC-YYZ-Europe, YYC-YVR-Oceania, YYC-YYZ-US, etc, and might have enjoyed having access to this between flights.
I think this a great idea and would personally see myself using it more during layovers, especially if connecting flights are delayed, or connections missed etc. This being said, I usually download a few episodes or movies on Netflix so always covered to have content, but usually the IFE has more recent releases so that would be the value for me. And, one could start a movie in the airport and continue on board which would be another nice benefit.
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Old Jul 29, 22, 7:16 am
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If they let you log in to the Ife on the plane as well so that your watch progress is synced to the plane - that would be cool.
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Old Jul 29, 22, 7:40 am
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Sounds like they are preparing for YYZ/YUL/YVR boarding delays to reach the 5-6 hour level on average,
and they need to keep the suckers passengers entertained.
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Old Jul 29, 22, 9:46 am
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If they really wanted to do something fun, give pax access at home once they do OLCI.
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Old Jul 29, 22, 3:21 pm
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Originally Posted by NikinYOW View Post
This being said, I usually download a few episodes or movies on Netflix so always covered to have content, but usually the IFE has more recent releases so that would be the value for me.
Yeah, me too, but every once in a while I find that my Netflix and Prime downloads are all expired and my Plex content didn't download correctly, and it would be nice not to deal with trying to renew, re-download, etc.
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Old Jul 29, 22, 9:47 pm
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Originally Posted by CdnFlier View Post
Interesting idea. But who gets there early enough to watch a show?
well, given ACs horrendous OTP stats, probably many. Not to mention misconnects that result.

we were very recently almost treated to an extra-long layover at YVR courtesy of the seemingly always-delayed AC4. Had to hoof it through security, customs and practically the entire TB terminal to make our connection which they held for a few minutes - we were the last ones to board (by far). If we hadnt made it, Ill admit that would have helped (esp. since the TB Plaza Premium lounge is still temporarily closed.
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