The Inevetiable Death of Channel 9

Now that we're well into the merger of Continental and United the realization is starting to set in that we're going to be losing Channel 9.  You may be wondering why.   It's not a political issue, it's not a personnel issue, it's due to a technical limitation.

For a number of years, the Continental folks have been asking for Channel 9 and Continental was even ready to introduce it, until an issue arose.   You see, the LiveTV system, that Continental has standarzied on, lacks the ability to host an external audio source.  

Given that the new United has hinted that LiveTV will be standardized platform for inflight entertainment, when you put the pieces together the writing is on the wall. 

In my case, I've chosen to enjoy it while I can and speak with my wallet by not paying for the LiveTV product.


Nick May 8, 2011 at 05:16 pm

As much as it is sad to lose Channel 9, I believe that they are making the right choice. UA needs to update their IFE, and with LiveTV, they don't have to pay for it, and it makes money. There are many flights in the system where passengers can easily justify the costs, and if it has a chance of delaying some other new fees, then all passengers benefit.

Jeff May 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Today, 5-19-11, the new combined United Continental twitter stated "We plan to keep Channel 9.".

If that is worth anything, only time will tell.

Fozz M May 23, 2011 at 03:54 pm

@Jeff: I really hope that is the case, but for now I won't hold my breath.