TEAC Aerospace has just announced orders from US carriers America West and Hawaiian Airlines for its VE-801HDi hard-disc digital video reproducer, used to process digital video programming for delivery to inflight entertainment systems.

The America West units will be fitted to new Airbus 319s on the line, with first deliveries scheduled for this November. Hawaiian will use the equipment to replace existing video systems on its Boeing 767s, with deliveries and installations to be completed by the end of the year.

With a capacity of 120Gb, VE-801HDi can replay up to 60h of MPEG video at 3.5Mbit/sec. A resolution of 500+ lines represents the highest video replay quality available in the industry, says TEAC. The unit accepts MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video regardless of bit rate, allowing the airlines to use existing video content without the need to reformat.


Supporting both PAL and NTSC video sources and composite and S-Video outputs, the unit is seen as a cost-effective replacement for currently installed Hi8 and VHS tape-based systems.

"We selected VE-801HDi because it will simplify the in-flight entertainment process, while flight attendants will no longer have to deal with lost or broken cassettes," says Denise Rodriguez, onboard products manager for America West. "It also gives us a plug-and-play system that can be used on the remaining fleet to replace failed video systems."

Source: Flight Daily News