Lufthansa has announced the beginning of a trial period that will test their latest Inflight Entertainment innovation known as “my media world”. The new technology is being piloted aboard a specific Munich based Airbus A-320, tail number D-AIPP that serves destinations throughout Europe.
In a nutshell, “my media world” is designed to let passengers leverage their own laptop, tablet or smart phone to access a variety of movies, TV and radio programming, destination guides as well as daily newspapers and other periodicals. This a fantastic new technology that brings inflight entertainment possibilities to anyone who carries a compatible device when they travel (and honestly, who DOESN’T fly with a laptop, smart phone or tablet?)
To be able to access the system, you need to make sure that you have the proper software or App installed on your device. For Apple users, you can find “my mediaworld” in Apple’s iTunes App Store and for Android users, you can download the App from the Google Play Store.
Please note that your app must be installed and authenticated BEFORE you board your flight. You will not be able to install the app once in-flight!
If you are a laptop user, you need to first ensure that you have Microsoft’s Silverlight installed (version 4.x or later). To check if your laptop is already configured, you can use this LINK to check your compatibility.
Once you have everything in place and are aboard the aircraft, accessing “my mediaworld” is easy. Once the cabin crew announces that it is OK to turn on electronic devices, power up your device and select “my mediaworld” from your device’s list of available networks. If you are using a laptop, “BoardConnect.aero” will automatically load on your internet browser when you first open it.
This new technology is a great step for Lufthansa as it seeks to provide passengers with more entertainment options while in flight, especially when flying on aircraft that do not have IFE systems installed.
I’m a big fan of being able to use my own devices while flying and not having to rely on an aircraft’s IFE system. With small screens and cumbersome navigation menus in place on antiquated IFE systems, something like “my mediaworld” should become an instant hit with Lufthansa passengers. Hopefully one of you will soon step aboard D-AIPP and can let us know your thoughts.