Thai Airways has made improvements in their in flight entertainment system of some aircraft types and now features live TV of select news and sports channels.
Thai Airways has decided to partner with Panasonic eXTV to bring passengers these new entertainment options which are however limited to news and sports channels only.
You can access the respective Thai Airways announcement here.
Impressing every moment along the journey and connecting you to the World Live on THAI flights via the eXTV television network operated by Panasonic Avionics. Passengers can watch real time news with viewers around the world and enjoy exciting live telecast sport matches just as they do at home. The service is available on Airbus A350-900/ Boeing 787-8 / Boeing 787-9 in all classes from 14 June 2018 onwards.
Watching real time news and exciting live sport matches for free!
The following routes include the live TV option (subject to aircraft change):
Panasonic describes their product on it’s own website (access here) like this:
eXTV was the first service to bring global, live television to the inflight market, enabling passengers to enjoy high-quality entertainment at 35,000 feet. Available on mobile devices or at the seatback, eXTV boasts an array of premium, globally-recognized channels, including Al Jazeera, BBC World News, CNBC, CNN International, EuroNews, NHK World Premium, and Sky News Arabia. Panasonic is also the exclusive inflight source for Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra, broadcasting the world’s most popular sporting events. Offered in conjunction with IMG Media, this unique programming delivers live coverage of the Barclays Premier League and Bundesliga, the Masters, The Open Championship and the Ryder Cup, Roland Garros, the Australian Open, and other world class sporting events.
Programming for eXTV is delivered over our eXConnect service, utilizing the same antenna and on-board components to broadcast live, uninterrupted content to aircraft flying all around the world – even over oceans.
Overall I find that Thai Airways has improved their IFE over the years with a wide selection of movies and TV series. In fact TG’s entertainment options are much better than some other (especially European) carriers but their internew service is not very reliable and in fact way too expensive even if it is available.
Nowadays I much prefer to use the internet service for a reasonable fee rather than relying on the entertainment systems of the airline.