UA IPTE 772 Movie selection

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  1. Wandering Aramean
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    Flying IAD-NRT-SIN on the 772 this weekend I was quite pleased to find a number of movies I was interested in watching on the flight. I was actually rather surprised at how many I liked and wanted to see. I hope that the company continues to keep a strong mix of older and newer titles in the play list. Really makes passing the time easy if I'm not up for reading like I usually am. There are some strange category assignments (Goonies wasn't in Classics, for example; it was in action & adventure) but the collection really was great.


    Here's what was available:

    101 Dalmations
    Almost Famous
    As Good As It Gets
    Austin Powers
    Beauty and the Beast
    Before Sunrise
    Beverly Hills Chiuahua
    Big Chill, The
    Breakfast at Tiffany's
    Bucket List
    Caddyshack
    Cars
    Casablanca
    Charlotte's Web
    Chicken Little
    Clueless
    Cocoon
    Color Purple, The
    Coming to America
    Dial M for Murder
    Dr. Strangelove
    Drop Dead Gorgeous
    Dumbo
    Edward Scissorhands
    Ghost
    Gidget
    Godfather 1/2/3
    Goodfellas
    Grease
    Gypsy
    Heat
    High Fidelty
    Hot Rod
    Hustler, The
    Iron Giant
    Italian Job, The
    Jawbreaker
    LA Confidential
    Lady and the Tramp
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Lilo & Stitch
    Local Hero
    Lord of the Rings: Fellowship/Return/Two Towers
    Lost in America
    Maltese Falcon
    Matrix
    Mean Girls
    Men In Black 1/2/3
    Mission Impossible 1/3/4
    Mrs. Doubtfire
    National Lampoon's Vacation
    Office Space
    On the Waterfront
    Once Upon a Time in the West
    Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
    Road to Perdition
    Rock, The
    Romancing the Stone
    Sandlot, The
    School of Rock
    Space Cowboys
    Stand By Me
    Superbad
    The Player
    There's SOmething About Mary
    Titanic
    Tommy Boy
    Wall Street
    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Battleship
    Brave
    Dark Shadows
    Darling Companion
    Hysteria
    Intouchables
    Lola Versus
    Prometheus
    Ravel, The
    Safety Not GUaranteed
    Snow White and the Huntsman
    What to Expect When You're Expecting
    21 Jump Street
    3 Idiots
    Anything you want
    Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    Checkout Girl
    Dinner for Schmucks
    Hospitalite
    Housefull 2
    Kung-fu Hustle
    London, Paris, New York
    Love in the Buff
    Lovesick
    Mirror Mirror
    No Strings Attached
    Tezz
    Thermae Romae
    Think Like a Man
    Three Stooges
    Vicky Donor

    Chimpanzee
    Wickie and the Treasure of Gods
    Winnie the Pooh

    Shine a Light
    Avengers, The
    Drive
    GABI
    Goonies, The
    Hunger Games
    Lockout
    Players
    Salt
    Shadow Boxing 3: The Final Round
    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
    Star Trek XI
    The Raid: Redemption
    Unit 7 (Grupo 7)
    Wrath of the Titans

    3 Idiots
    Anything You Want
    As One
    Cache
    Chronicle of My Mother
    Dr. Qian Huesen
    End of a Princess
    Floating City
    Foreign Letters
    Helpless
    Lives of Others, The
    Over My Dead Body
    Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
    Scheme With Me
    Space Brothers
    Themba
    Volver
    We Were There - True Love

    John Carter
     
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  2. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I hadn't flown on UA metal internationally in quite a while and was surprised by the much larger selection than in the past. I watched half a movie before I fell asleep and I ended up sleeping most of the flight, which actually is what I preferred. But on today's return (daytime) flight it might be useful... nevertheless, the iPad is fully charged and loaded.
     
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    UA's IFE movie selection beats any other carrier I've flown, hands down. For all the praise that overseas airlines get, their IFE selection is terrible.
     
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    Today, yes, but a year ago that wasn't the case when I looked. A change we like? ;) Perhaps UA found some spare TB disks to put on the 777s ;)
     
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    Did you actually watch any of these, or did you spend the entire flight copying the list? :D
     
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    I remember spending a 12-hour flight from LHR trying to piece together three movies that all ran on their own separate loops.
     
  7. unavaca
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    FWIW, the selection was excellent in early-2011, too. I've always been happy with IPTE's IFE. SQ, NH, LH, and LX's IFE are all terrible. The p.s. Dig-E-Players are better than LX's IFE.
     
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    I watched several.

    Goonies, Casablanca, Caddyshack and Almost Famous. Maybe a couple others, too.
     
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    It's good that United has stepped that up.

    As for my personal choice, it's Ambien.
     
  10. DeacFlyer1
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    Wouldn't you just say that this is another aspect where we're seeing the sCO influence on UA? In terms of movie selections, CO's IFE systems were light years ahead of everyone else, even a few years ago. I remember flying CO from EWR-HKG (twice) and PEK-EWR (twice as well) back in 2008, and there were probably 300 movies on demand each time.

    I'm not sure why CO's IFE never got any love, but it always blew away UA's (or any other US carrier for that matter). This just seems to me that the sUA fleet is finally catching up to where the sCO fleet has been for a while.
     
  11. Wandering Aramean
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    The sCO system didn't have that many; it was 75-100 back in the day. And the interface is a bit worse than the sUA interface but mostly because it existed for a few years before UA started offering the service.

    This is not quite the case of sUA catching up to sCO, but sCO did have a better selection for longer than sUA did.
     
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    You're correct, the IPTE sUA birds had better selections and an nicer interface over the sCO birds even pre-merger.
     
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    The CO 757s, which got AVOD IFE first (originally in BusinessFirst only) had the system with 75-100 movies. The 777s always had a system with more movie choices. This press release from 2009 makes the claim of offering up to 250 movies, which was my experience with the first 777 I flew with the AVOD IFE in early 2008. Around the same time, UA was talking about having "over 150 hours of video entertainment" on board its aircraft that had the new Business and First seats. So, I think there is some degree of catching up the sUA system here in terms of number of choices.

    I do agree that the sUA user interface is a little nicer. My one gripe with the sUA AVOD IFE screens is that there is no brightness adjustment. I've been on some flights where too many people had window shades open and I really wished I could brighten my screen like is possible with the sCO system.
     
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    That's not what I wrote. ;)

    Better interface, yes. But not a better selection IMO.
     
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    Mhmmm I think sUA had better international film selections though with that IFE system since its the only genre I could really enjoy with subtitles.

    Posted via Snail Mail aka an iPhone.
     
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    Then you're free to feel that way. Just don't suggest that I wrote it. :-:
     
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    sCO's IFE system sucks. sUA's IPTE system is far superior in every way.

    While I'm generally not a "COdbaUA" poo-pooer, in this case, the only thing that we got out of CO was a better selection, not a better system.
     
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    I didn't suggest it... I agreed with you then added my own opinion on the selections. :confused:
     
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    Are you guys serious? The sCO 777's I flew on in 2008/early 2009 had several hundred movies, without question. In addition, it was a modern, easy to use touch screen system (but that's not my point here, I'm focused on the selection).

    I flew on a new, reconfigured sUA 777 in May 2011 with the new IFE system, and there were at best a couple dozen movies.

    The two weren't even comparable...the sCO system from 2008 blew away the sUA sytem in 2011...I remember clearly being shocked on the airplane that the two were so far apart.

    Just read that press release, and that's exactly what I remember as well. By far the largest selection of movies I've ever seen to this day on a US (and most international) airline.
     
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    Personally I think their "New Release" section on the 772 IPTE sucks this go around but the rest seemed OK. I flew LAX-LHR this past weekend and watched two of the Lord of the Rings movies - haven't watched them since they were released however many years ago.

    But no real complaints from me - I'm happy to have a great working system on UA. Oh, and this is the first Ch 9 flight I've had in forever. No one has been turning on Ch 9 on UA in months for me. And it was on the entire way.

    -RM
     
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    I've had very few flights with channel 9 on in recent months too.
     
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    I also found a lot more movies on my recent flights. I think this is a change coming from the CO side since UA previously had a lot less selections. I am not too big a movie watcher but for my 7 year old this is a real advantage finding more children friendly movies.
    I also agree with a previous poster that this month new movies were nothing to write home about but this might be more on the film industry to blame then on UA.
     
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    That's kinda a lame list shown on low resolution devices. That's my own subjective opinion of course- everyone's entitled to their own taste in movies. Neither CO or UA had/have good systems, why argue about it? Bring your iPad loaded with whatever movie(s) you want, watch it when you want, in retina display resolution. Take an Ambien if it's a long flight, or watch your own movie when you want to. Sorry to be the realist in this "emperor's new entertainment options" discussion. Neither the entertainment nor the food would be acceptable to anyone on the ground (Can you imagine.."hey everyone, come on over for the 3,000th showing of Stand By Me. AND I'll be serving a reheated burrito that's a few days old without garnish or salsa. You'll love it!) Yeah whatever. Cheap food, low quality entertainment options, and minimum wage service is the soup du jour. And I still fly them...I just have my expectations in the right place.
     
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    While I agree that not everyone is always going to find the exact movie they were thinking of to watch at that moment, I think that the broad selection covering so many titles, genres and eras is far better than most other selections available. No, it isn't the full film library of any studio, much less all studios, but it is far better than most others and pretty reasonable even without that relative association.
     
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    That is true, it is a long list of movies.
     

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