[Avionics Today 05-12-2016] IMG is set to launch a second live sports channel for the in-flight market to complement its Sport 24 channel, a live sports channel produced exclusively for airlines. The new channel, Sport 24 Extra, will launch on June 1, and take advantage of the live sports available in order to provide passengers with a choice of live events during busy periods in the sporting calendar.
Roll out of Sport 24 Extra will begin on Emirates and Turkish Airlines, with other carriers to follow, using Panasonic’s eXTV network. Sport 24 is currently available across 11 airlines.
Panasonic’s eXTV television network uses the company’s eXConnect in-flight Ku-band communications service, including the same Ku antenna and onboard components, to deliver high-quality, television programming to passengers during their flight. It provides live, uninterrupted content to aircraft flying all over the world, even over oceans.