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United International - Inflight entertainment for kids

 
Old Jun 7, 10, 12:45 pm
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United International - Inflight entertainment for kids

Hey Folks
I am planning on travelinga couple long haul segments on United (SFO-FRA, DXB-IAD) with my seven year old son - I tried looking at united.com for in flight entertainment options, it does not mention AVOD in economy - how is the entertainment - personal screens/AVOD? I'd greatly appreciate your experiences!!
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Old Jun 7, 10, 12:51 pm
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There is usually one children-oriented channel, with Disney Content. Do I hope your children like Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers. There is also a Discovery/BBC type channel. On audio, I think there is a children-oriented station as well. If on the 747 SFO-FRA you will get one screen with whatever they choose to show you. United.com has a list of the current programming by route under Inflight Services.
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Old Jun 7, 10, 1:56 pm
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Originally Posted by nbarve View Post
Hey Folks
I am planning on travelinga couple long haul segments on United (SFO-FRA, DXB-IAD) with my seven year old son - I tried looking at united.com for in flight entertainment options, it does not mention AVOD in economy - how is the entertainment - personal screens/AVOD? I'd greatly appreciate your experiences!!
Thanks
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For SFO-FRA, take the evening 777 flight (UA 926), not the 747-operated UA 900 flight, if you want personal screens in economy. It won't be AVOD (most likely... so far only one aircraft upgraded), but it's better than the big screen everyone-sees-the-same-and-it-aint-kids-programming on the 747.

DXB-IAD should be on a 777 anyway, AFAIK.
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Old Jun 7, 10, 2:58 pm
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Thanks for your prompt responses folks - sure appreciate it!!
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Old Jun 7, 10, 3:06 pm
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Originally Posted by nbarve View Post
Hey Folks
I am planning on travelinga couple long haul segments on United (SFO-FRA, DXB-IAD) with my seven year old son - I tried looking at united.com for in flight entertainment options, it does not mention AVOD in economy - how is the entertainment - personal screens/AVOD? I'd greatly appreciate your experiences!!
Thanks
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IMhO, Get a DVD and an extra battery.

FYI, short of the new 777 there is no AVOD in Y, its a tape that plays in a loop (and I *think* the tape is 2-3 hours), so there will some repeats.
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Old Jun 7, 10, 7:09 pm
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Alas, I'm in the DVD camp. Least of all you can have the variety you want.

Unless you're on a bird that AVOD (767 C/F, 747 C/F, 777 R) your entertainment choice becomes:
- 767 Y/777 Y - Looped IFE (where sometimes the best thing on... is the map)
- 747 Y - The Big Screen.

Consider also an iPad or some media tablet (Achos Media Player) for variation.

There are alas, a lot better carriers if you want AVOD selections.
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Old Jun 7, 10, 8:21 pm
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A vote for the iPad here. Video, games, Internet (in the terminal, wi-fi or 3G ). 10+ hour battery life. Don't have to mess with DVD's getting scratched. Bigger screen than most DVD players. And you can play with it when your child goes to sleep!
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Old Jun 7, 10, 8:33 pm
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Allow me to slide a quick comment in here. I'm from the Zune team at Microsoft, and we've just launched a new IFE deal with United to program their broadcast audio IFE.

There is a kids channel available - and it can be found on all aircraft types.

Not sure when you're flying, but this month we have "Alvin and the Chipmunks", "Yo Gabba Gabba", "Dora the Explorer", "The Backyardigans", "Laurie Berkner" amongst others. If your kids aren't Jonas Brothers obsessed, they'll probably still quite enjoy it.

At the risk of sounding self-serving, our Zune products are much cheaper than an iPad, much, much less weight, have battery life that will see a full international flight load of videos viewed (and then some) as well as gaming and music. More versatile than a DVD player, and a fraction of the bulk.

Not knocking the iPad as a product - but for this scenario, some other products might better suit your needs. Hit me up privately if you'd like any more details ([email protected]).

Good luck with your travels!

Cheers, Dave.
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Old Jun 8, 10, 12:55 am
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Take a couple decks of cards

A seven year old is on the verge of being able to begin to appreciate what is possibly the single most entertaining invention known to man: a deck of cards.

Bring 3 decks (two of which are identical on the back) as this will allow you to have many hours of fun, including the "let's make sure we have a complete deck" game.

A seven year old can easily play "War" and "Speed" (if you go easy), fun two player games for kids and tolerable for grownups. When they hit sixth grade (and know +,-,*,/, and raising to a power), you can introduce them to the wonder that is "24" (if they have a mathematical bent that is). And then there are the many variations of Solitaire. Get a book of card tricks. Try to make card houses on the tray tables (doesn't work very well, so discuss why), etc...

When the cards get boring, break out the coloring books and crayons. And then rip out the pieces of paper to make Origami with. Between that, meals, naps, and "what does that cloud look like," there is more than enough for two long-haul flights.

Why is everyone immediately jumping to electronic entertainment? Why not just say Benadryl if you want to knock them out.
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Old Jun 8, 10, 2:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Solarmoon View Post
A seven year old is on the verge of being able to begin to appreciate what is possibly the single most entertaining invention known to man: a deck of cards.

Bring 3 decks (two of which are identical on the back) as this will allow you to have many hours of fun, including the "let's make sure we have a complete deck" game.

A seven year old can easily play "War" and "Speed" (if you go easy), fun two player games for kids and tolerable for grownups. When they hit sixth grade (and know +,-,*,/, and raising to a power), you can introduce them to the wonder that is "24" (if they have a mathematical bent that is). And then there are the many variations of Solitaire. Get a book of card tricks. Try to make card houses on the tray tables (doesn't work very well, so discuss why), etc...

When the cards get boring, break out the coloring books and crayons. And then rip out the pieces of paper to make Origami with. Between that, meals, naps, and "what does that cloud look like," there is more than enough for two long-haul flights.

Why is everyone immediately jumping to electronic entertainment? Why not just say Benadryl if you want to knock them out.
Ooooh . . . 24 was awesome!

I agree - why not bring a book?
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Old Jun 8, 10, 3:01 pm
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Thanks:-) that was on the "cards" so to say - actually my son is an expert Blackjack and 3-Card Poker player generally speaking not a good thing at that age but a great to have skill on a 15 hour long flight with minimal in-flight entertainment to speak of.
I think we'll end up flying the CO 777 and pay a premium coz they have an awesome AVOD on their flights...

Originally Posted by Solarmoon View Post
A seven year old is on the verge of being able to begin to appreciate what is possibly the single most entertaining invention known to man: a deck of cards.

Bring 3 decks (two of which are identical on the back) as this will allow you to have many hours of fun, including the "let's make sure we have a complete deck" game.

A seven year old can easily play "War" and "Speed" (if you go easy), fun two player games for kids and tolerable for grownups. When they hit sixth grade (and know +,-,*,/, and raising to a power), you can introduce them to the wonder that is "24" (if they have a mathematical bent that is). And then there are the many variations of Solitaire. Get a book of card tricks. Try to make card houses on the tray tables (doesn't work very well, so discuss why), etc...

When the cards get boring, break out the coloring books and crayons. And then rip out the pieces of paper to make Origami with. Between that, meals, naps, and "what does that cloud look like," there is more than enough for two long-haul flights.

Why is everyone immediately jumping to electronic entertainment? Why not just say Benadryl if you want to knock them out.
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Old Jun 8, 10, 3:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Solarmoon View Post
A seven year old is on the verge of being able to begin to appreciate what is possibly the single most entertaining invention known to man: a deck of cards.

Bring 3 decks (two of which are identical on the back) as this will allow you to have many hours of fun, including the "let's make sure we have a complete deck" game.

A seven year old can easily play "War" and "Speed" (if you go easy), fun two player games for kids and tolerable for grownups. When they hit sixth grade (and know +,-,*,/, and raising to a power), you can introduce them to the wonder that is "24" (if they have a mathematical bent that is). And then there are the many variations of Solitaire. Get a book of card tricks. Try to make card houses on the tray tables (doesn't work very well, so discuss why), etc...
Originally Posted by nbarve View Post
Thanks:-) that was on the "cards" so to say - actually my son is an expert Blackjack and 3-Card Poker player generally speaking not a good thing at that age but a great to have skill on a 15 hour long flight with minimal in-flight entertainment to speak of.
Hopefully I am not the lone voice of reason......

But the sounds of a 7 year old shuffling and fanning cards for 10+ hours of flying may get a little stale after a while.
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Old Jun 8, 10, 3:26 pm
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And when I can get a Zune in the UK DaveMacMS, I'll consider it (Oh, and I still have kudos for your dev team who built the latest beast - nice touch inside).

I suggestted iPad for the simple reason of screen size - big screen = kid glued to it .

Certainaly there are other great devices out there (Archos Media Player, PMP type devices), but again its down to portability, easy of use, and will it play SpongeBob SquarePants / Chowder / Peppa Pig / Telletubbies / Tweenies / Shaun the Sheep * in a big screen for the child to enjoy, whilst give you a peaceful flight...

Hey. It could be worse. You could stick a Zune/iPhone/iPod touch in a sickbag and make a good seatback IFE

* delete as appropriate for age range, and age of passenger, as well as entertainment factor. Especially if there's Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck...
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