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Thales, Netskrt partner for inflight streaming video

June 7, 2023

Technology firm Thales and Netskrt Systems, a provider of edge Content Delivery Networks (eCDNs) for Air, are collaborating to bring passengers full access to streaming video services while inflight.

When hosted on Thales’ inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system, Netskrt’s 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. On-demand content is stored onboard and regularly uploaded on the ground and in the air, providing access to the latest titles.

Passengers will be able instantly to stream their favourite entertainment content using their personal video streaming subscriptions. No matter how many people watch the same content, each title only streams once to the onboard cache. This solution optimises satellite connectivity consumption ensuring bandwidth is available for other connected inflight services.

“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 inflight 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,” said Kurt Weidemeyer, VP Product Delivery Digital, Thales InFlyt Experience.

“Thales’ innovative vision and commitment to customer satisfaction make them the ideal partner to bring edge caching to airlines and their passengers,” added Netskrt co-founder, president and CEO Sig Luft. “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 onboard.”

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