- Inflight entertainment has come a long way over the past few decades, evolving from communal movie to seatback screens to smartphone streaming.
- According to American Airlines, the type of content we watch has also changed, with a greater focus these days placed on programming from streaming services and those that can be binge-watched.
- The most popular movie in 2018, as far as passenger viewing on American Airlines goes, was "Black Panther," while "The Big Bang Theory" proved to be the most watched TV series.
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Inflight entertainment has come a long way over the past few decades. Not that long ago inflight entertainment meant everyone watching the same movie on communal screens. These days, we are spoiled by advanced seatback IFE systems with hundreds of movies, TV shows, and live sporting events. Beyond seatback screens, airlines have also expanded into streaming technology that allows passengers to view content on their smartphones or tablets.
Not only has the way we watched movies and TV on planes changed, but the makeup of the entertainment options has also evolved, much of it as a result of online streaming.
"We’ve definitely moved away from the standard network television programming," Kelsey Hughes, the project manager in charge of inflight entertainment at American Airlines, told Business Insider. "It just doesn’t seem to be quite as popular anymore."
Instead of the standard network dramas that were once all the rage, American has instead turned to programming that’s more likely to be binge-watched.
"We stick with more lighthearted sitcoms, comedy series, and we’ve gone to a lot of internet streaming providers like Amazon to source their shows and their exclusive content," Hughes added.
According to Hughes, the most popular movie in 2018, as far as passenger viewing on American Airlines goes, was "Black Panther," while "The Big Bang Theory" proved to be the most watched TV series.
Here’s a closer look at the 10 most popular inflight movies for 2018 on American Airlines.
10. Darkest Hour
"During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill [Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman]. While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds."
Source: Focus Features
9. Book Club
"Four friends’ (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen) lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. Also starring Andy Garcia, Don Johnson and Craig T. Nelson."
8. Avengers: Infinity War
"An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ "Avengers: Infinity War" brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain."
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