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Seatback Retrofit and System Upgrade

For Airlines with old or broken Seatback systems/screens


VTS can provide two solutions:

  1. Our service can rebuild/modernize older seat back systems with new components, high resolution, 16x9 screens, etc.

  2. VTS SKY SIS II – Streaming System to VTS Intelligent Touch Screen Monitors - Restores your IFE to better-than-new condition in a couple of days at 1/3 to 1/2 the cost. No new certification is required and it provides immediate system improvement, cost, weight/fuel savings.

VTS has been asked by many airlines to help solve this old, failing or out of date picture quality seatback system problem.

VTS understands how a broken seatback system provides a huge passenger service problem, especially on older, long haul aircraft, but at $4,000 - $6,000 per seat for a new seatback system ($2-$4 Million replacement) that investment in older aircraft can be daunting.

The solution is VTS SKY SYS II, the new VTS Seatback Retrofit and Upgrade System, which simply removes the old seatback monitor, heavy video cables and junction boxes and then installs a new VTS Streaming Server, WAPs and VTS high definition seat back touch screen powered by the older system’s seat power. Each seat back display has its own WiFi antenna and receiver.

For aircraft with old, low resolution or broken seatback screens, VTS can replace them with new VTS Intelligent, High Resolution LCD Touch Screens to which the VTS Wi-Fi Streaming System can stream content; providing new life to old seatback systems. This is a practical, affordable retrofit solution costing less than1/3rd to 1/2 the cost of convention replacement systems.

The benefits are: Immediate IFE System Improvement, cost, weight and fuel savings; Video resolution increases 400% and with new and perhaps larger screen 7" vs 5.6", with modern 16 x 9 movie format.

The biggest benefits are savings: 1/3 the cost of conventional system replacement and very significant fuel saving by reducing 80% of the weight (500 lbs vs 2,500+ lbs), which could pay for the new and better entertainment system in 2-4 years in fuel savings alone.

Finally, the VTS Wi-Fi Streaming System allows for an easy upgrade to a satellite connectivity solution by providing the on board WiFi distribution function.

Install a VTS Seatback Retrofit and Upgrade System

1.  First, remove the old seatback screen and electronics unit by peeling back the upholstery on the upper seat.  It is not very      hard to do and install a new unit in about 20 minutes.


2.  Now or when convenient, remove 1,000-2,000 pounds of no longer needed a/v cabling, hardware, PCU’s and especially            the under seat SEB’s, while greatly improving passenger foot room.


3.  Install a high resolution, VTS Touch Screen Smart Monitor with its lightweight bracket and re-fit the headrest upholstery          around the new screen.

4.  Install a VTS Streaming Server & WAP system, which weighs less than 20 lbs. This hardware easily installs in the overhead        baggage bins.

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The SKY-SIS II System Benefits:  Immediate System Improvement, cost, weight/fuel savings 
  • Video: Resolution increases 400%, Perhaps Larger Screen 7" vs 5.6", New Movie format 16 x 9 

  • System Cost: 1/3 of Cost of Conventional System replacement seatback system 

  • Weight Savings:  Eliminate 80% of the system's weight, i.e. 500 vs 2,800 pounds 

  • Fuel Savings: Savings in extra fuel pays for this new/better system in 3 years    

  • Credit Card Function for In Flight Shopping Included:  Built in Credit Card program allows for secure purchases from seatback screens or passengers own devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops) for incremental revenue, additional passenger services and offers.  

  • USB Outlets:  Power for personal devices provided as well at every seat. 

  • Custom Financing:  Matching your expected aircraft life, Ideal for aged aircraft.

  • Satellite Connectivity Partner Option:  For installation now or antenna and system ready for future installation

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Rough Order of Magnitude Proposal based on basic information provided

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In Flight PCI Compliant Credit Card Processing

Secure purchasing from passengers own devices personal devices (smart phones, laptops, tablets) and VTS WiFi seatback displays as well as an assortment of sponsors, offers and products to sell in flight, as well as pre and post flight.

4G/LTE Communication Module – On the ground, weight on wheels Communication anywhere in the world

The VTS 4G/LTE Communication Module allows for changing content while an aircraft is on the ground anywhere in the world without having to physically touch the aircraft for entertainment refreshment and other content updates (destination relevant content, newspapers, news, etc.)

Separate Iridium Communication Module – In flight communication worldwide

Particularly useful for smaller message formats; credit card validation, tickets and destination reservation confirmations, product availability, etc.

USB Seat Power Outlet available on each screen 


VTS has various seat power options including from a minimal USB seat power system that is affordable and light weight.

VTS Turnkey Entertainment Content Programs

VTS can provide contracting, packaging and refreshing entertainment and other content for any airline in various languages for airlines worldwide. This option can be an appreciated service especially for airlines without in flight entertainment experience or in house IFE entertainment staff.

We can also provision and frequently refresh entertainment content in various languages worldwide for airlines desiring a turnkey entertainment program.

This includes basic content packages; movies, music, TV Shows, Games, Moving Map with many other options including Magazines, Newspaper, Shopping In Flight with credit card processing and a variety of passenger monetizing advertising, destination advertising, information and fleet wide sponsors to offset any IFE program cost.

Turnkey entertainment packages can be billed per aircraft per flight, per aircraft or entire fleet per month.

Customized Worldwide Equipment Financing Programs

VTS understands that although most airlines would like entertainment to remain competitive, most have difficulty providing the expense for new IFE systems and their operating costs, especially on older aircraft. VTS has custom financing programs that any airline can afford.

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Rough Order of Magnitude Proposal based on basic information provided

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