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FOX News, CNBC, MSNBC, BBC World News and Row 44 Delivering Live Television In-Flight to Passengers' Wi-Fi Devices


Sept. 8, 2011


Row 44, Inc., provider of the world's leading In-Flight Broadband Entertainment Platform, today announced it is launching a first-of-its-kind service with several launch partners to deliver live Internet Protocol television (IPTV) in-flight to passengers' smart phones, laptops and tablet devices.


Passengers will be able to watch, on their own Wi-Fi enabled devices in-flight, live news and political talk on FOX News Channel, MSNBC and BBC World News; live business news from CNBC, FOX Business Network and Bloomberg Television; and sports on VERSUS, to be re-branded NBC Sports Network on January 2.


Launch partners BBC World News and Bloomberg Television also underscore Row 44's ability to deliver live streaming IPTV television programming to commercial airlines around the globe.


In addition to these launch partners, Row 44 will continue adding more innovative live video programming to its in-flight television offering.


"Row 44 is very pleased to unveil this first-of-its-kind service with such world-class launch partners as FOX News, CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg Television, BBC World News and VERSUS," said Howard Lefkowitz, Row 44's Chief Commercial Officer. "Whether it's the latest news updates, sports scores or live sporting events, checking in with the financial markets, or political talk across the spectrum and around the world, Row 44's live television service demonstrates our ongoing commitment to a broadband entertainment platform that creates an enjoyable experience for every air traveler and new incremental revenue opportunities for our airline partners. We will be continuing to add high-quality live programming worldwide. We are among the very few in-flight broadband providers that can utilize IPTV due to its significant bandwidth, but we will not only lead in this space, we will innovate with our programming."

Row 44 customer Southwest Airlines added, "Row 44 is a great partner for Southwest, and we are excited about the live television product inclusion in the Row 44 platform," said Dave Ridley, Southwest's Chief Marketing Officer. "Southwest looks forward to offering this content onboard our Wi-Fi enabled aircraft later this year."