Thai Acting President Usanee Sangsingkeo and Acting Executive Vice President Wiwat Piyawiroj, Commercial and others at the loffaicial launching of ‘Live TV on Board’ at the Airlines' Head Office in Bangkok on May 30
: Thai Airways launch free in-flight live TV offering, following approval from the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission Board to broadcast its new "Live TV on Board" service.
The service, launched on June 14, enables Thai Airways to broadcast streaming TV programmes, in particular those covering news and sports such as CNN, BBC, NHK and Sport 24.
This notably includes broadcasting of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, which will be available to watch on board Thai Airways flights from June 14 until July 15, 2018.
Live TV on Board is being rolled out to the airline's 12 Airbus A350-900 aircraft flying between and Chiang Mai, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Shanghai, Rome, Milan, and Brussels, as well as its eight Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 aircraft flying between and Tokyo, Taipei, Dubai, Vienna, Brisbane, Auckland and Manila.
Onboard WiFi and live TV are currently two of the biggest game-changers in the in-flight entertainment (IFE) field, but the first attempt to stream live TV in the air actually came more than 50 years ago. Panasonic Avionics Company is entrusted to provide inflight connectivity via satellite transmission from the ground.
Usanee Sangsingkeo, Thai Acting President, said that digital era helps viewers to keep abreast of the latest news through various online media. Thai is fully aware that passengers need to keep informed of the latest news while travelling on board and has launched a new "LIVE TV on Board" service that enables passengers to watch broadcast television programmes, such as news channels and sports competitions.
Wiwat Piyawiroj, Thai Acting Executive Vice President, Commercial, said that "LIVE TV on Board" makes it possible for Thai, a premium national carrier, to offer more products and services for passenger comfort and satisfaction. Passengers can watch real time news and sports competition for free, while some airlines may require additional payment for such services.