Posted January 4th, 2018, 09:34 AM
One other relevant data point: It was a big deal when television screens were added to seat backs aboard aircraft. For years there there were discussions about when it would extend beyond first class, and then every-seat entertainment systems were the aim. Now, what we're seeing are airlines deciding to, when next rehabbing aircraft interiors, leaving out seat-back entertainment systems.
The reality is that so many travelers these days are carrying their own personal entertainment systems. My spouse and I carry aboard four separate devices that could, if we chose to use them that way, present downloaded video entertainment. While it doesn't address the need to watch a broadcast network news broadcast, or a live sporting event on a broadcast network, the fact that so many people are relying on their personal entertainment systems reduces the need for video entertainment provided by the cruise ship/airline to just those live presentations, and that's a lot less of a demand as compared to when many people didn't carry with them their own personal entertainment systems.
As the linked article indicates, some airlines are going in one direction, removing the systems from their aircraft, while others are seeking to capitalize (and remember the root of the word "capitalize" is "capital" which is synonymous with "money" - so read: "monetize") their seat-back entertainment systems. The question is how will you as a passenger motivate (again, when you see "motivate" read "give money to") the airline in response to their offering seat-back entertainment as they have been in the past, now that there isn't enough motivation coming from just being there for you? And reflexively, what would it take to have Carnival offer broadcast networks again? Clearly, again, there would have to be some kind of movitivation (i.e., "money") rather than just expectation.