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.