What do you think is the world's best inflight entertainment system on what airline?

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Monkeymitch7

Member since 20 Oct 2013

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What do you think is the world's best inflight entertainment system on what airline?

PeterLoh

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 May 2012

Total posts 356

My laptop/iPad stocked with movies/shows which I actually want to watch on any airline with power sockets in the seats.

PeterLoh

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 May 2012

Total posts 356

Moreover, I only really use the IFE for tracking the flight progress and for any external camera views.

mr_pb

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Oct 2013

Total posts 31

Let's be honest, virtually all of the (legacy) airlines use the same IFE systems (betcha it's either Panasonic, Thomson or Rockwell Collins), generally with similar entertainment content.

As long as it doesn't take 45 seconds to load a video or the inflight map, or even crash (I'm looking at you BA) then it's all good. Up to preference, really.

spinoza

Member since 01 Feb 2012

Total posts 218

Can't say I've been on enough of a variety of airlines to say definitely, but I liked icelandair because their entertainment starts when you first sit down and ends when you leave the plane.

And I hate AA for not having any personal TVs, even in domestic first class, which is pretty lame.

And I hate the QF touchscreen, which is about 25 generations behind the technology behind an iPad. Who else has had to aim their finger about 1 cm lower than where they wanted to press in order to start a film? And what's with the commercials at the beginning and the erratic fast forwarding?? 

So by elimination my favourite is CX, with whom I've never experienced any major issues. 

mr_pb

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Oct 2013

Total posts 31

spinoza - Isn't no personal IFEs more of a short-haul domestic thing rather than exclusively an AA problem? Most of my short-haul QF, VA, AA, UA flights are those where there's no personal IFEs. It's an industry thing. Good time to catch up on a book. AA mid-haul/coast-to-coast has personal IFEs though, and a not crappy offering at that.

Also, more and more airlines are starting to introduce gate-to-gate personal IFE policies, quite in vogue for them to do that at the moment (probably too many complaints). Noticed it more recently with the Aussie carriers for long-hauls. It's good that airlines like FI did set the trend.

(I'm starting to sound like an IFE nutjob.)

spinoza

Member since 01 Feb 2012

Total posts 218

That's true, I guess you're right on that count. I was just bitter about the overall traumatic experience of being on the "widow maker" MD-80 with the roaring engines at the back. 

On second thought some of the AA first class flights did have IFE, but it was 2 screens at the front, and the screen looked like the original macintosh and was smaller than my ipad mini

:)

074061

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

Member since 25 Apr 2013

Total posts 262

I've never tried Emirates ICE but by review they seem quite swell.

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

Total posts 988

I don't have a single fave per se but for me, it'd be a system which does the following:

  • has a large high-quality screen
  • theheadphone jack is easy to see / easy to reach without the cable getting in your way during the meal
  • content includes a recent selection of movies, a truckload of 'classics' and boxed sets of TV shows so you can watch several episodes back to back
  • there's no shoving five or six adverts in front of every video

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Why oh why don't airlines have a dedicated Sci Fi/Fantasy channel??

How I would love to do a Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Matrix, Stargate marathon on a long haul flight...*sigh* 

johnaboxall

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 24 Aug 2011

Total posts 384

You're in a metal tube flying at around 900 km/h while being around 10km above the surface of the Earth - isn't that enough science fiction for you? :)

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Hahahaha! Good one!

brobro

Member since 02 Jan 2013

Total posts 66

I think Air New Zealand have a fantastic IFE on their newer aircraft. The fact that I can watch a great selection of movies/programmes etc and also order food/drink on the same screen without waiving down cabin crew is a win.

Serg

QFF

Member since 12 Apr 2013

Total posts 870

Best entertaimnt can be found in business class and it called flat bed. Or you asking what I watching on those screens? Only fly path.

tabs

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 May 2013

Total posts 46

I like QF's international IFE for the simple reason they have several episodes of each TV show. It annoys me when there's only 1 or 2 episodes of each show. First world problems

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