When it comes to an aircraft’s entertainment system, upgrading the equipment is not straightforward or easy. An unfortunate consequence of the certification process required to modify anything installed on a jet is that it makes keeping up with changing technology prohibitively expensive.
Fortunately, a series of products are more widely available that significantly enhance the passenger entertainment process without having to remove and reinstall an expensive piece of equipment. New devices are available which are removable and are, functionally, mini routers that can broadcast multiple movies to multiple personal devices. Owners are now installing portable streaming devices to bypass the need to go through the installed system and provide much greater user interface and flexibility without the need to completely overhaul the entertainment system in the aircraft.
Ask your operator and maintenance company about these new solutions, how they work, and what options you may have for your aircraft. For many clients these solutions offer great value without requiring a lot of work to their aircraft.