Panasonic Avionics Launches TV Network

By Tish Drake | April 1, 2009
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Panasonic Avionics Corp., of  Lake Forest, Calif., launched Panasonic Airline Television Network, a proprietary broadcast TV distribution network. The network includes a  broadcast TV channels specifically licensed by Panasonic for worldwide distribution to aircraft in-flight via Ku band satellites. Panasonic defines and manages the selection of channels, and all licensing and distribution agreements are made directly with the content providers. This framework simplifies the content management process and system design, Panasonic said. Also, the network will provide seamless coverage as aircraft move from one coverage area to another. Panasonic said the service is provided via the same antenna and onboard equipment as its Panasonic eXConnect broadband in-flight entertainment system. The company said it is currently seeking regulatory approvals where necessary in partnership with potential airline customers.

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