12 November 2007
The age of TV flatness
Brian Micklethwait

I’ve already got a flat computer screen, but my TV still sticks out at the back as if it is expecting a baby TV any week now.  But the amount of space that I would save by getting a flat one is not that huge, so I will wait until the pregnant one conks out or until new TVs are seriously better.

But when it comes to TV in transport situations, the calculation is completely different.  When a few inches per seat adds up to a huge loss of ticket sales, each flight, every flight, year after year, well, the old pregnant TVs were just not a possibility.  But, the new flat TVs make perfect sense.  This is surely flat TV’s killer app, making the difference between a flight through hell and a really quite nice flight.  Much depends on how much choice there is of stuff to watch.  Every TV show or movie ever made plus the internet, would be my suggestion.

Buses and trains could have this also.  Do they?  I’ve never seen it, but that proves nothing.

Here’s a picture of the interior of a Singapore Airlines A380, all TVed up, although this looks more like mass propaganda instead of individual entertainment:


This is picture 9 of 17.  11, 12 and 13 are also worth a look, to see seats that turn into beds.


  1. There seems to be np provision to stp me being irritated by my neighbour’s telly.  Would I really have to wear an eye-mask, or hold up a newspaper?

    Posted by dearieme on  12 November 2007 at 02:43 pm

  2. The screens are easy enough to make with a narrow field of view. Note how the camera in-between two seats, and the left side of the left screen is dark.

    Posted by Errol on  14 November 2007 at 09:41 am

  3. What is more important is that the entertainment systems are all running Linux

    Posted by Michael on  16 November 2007 at 03:50 pm

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