Singapore Airlines expands Live TV to B787-10 and B737-8 aircraft

More SIA passengers on regional flights can now enjoy live sports and news, with the expansion of Live TV service.

In July 2021, Singapore Airlines began a trial of inflight Live TV service on its A350-900 ULR aircraft, bringing news and sports to passengers in real-time.

Live TV was eventually expanded to the long-haul configured A350-900s, and Singapore Airlines has now confirmed that passengers flying on the B737-8 (formerly known as the MAX, and not to be confused with the B737-800) and B787-10 can enjoy the service too. 

Besides our A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft and A350-900 Long-haul aircraft, Singapore Airlines has rolled out the Live TV trial on Boeing 787-10 and Boeing 737-8 aircraft.

-SIA spokesperson

Which aircraft offer live TV service?

Live TV service on B787-10

With the latest updates, a total of 63 SIA aircraft now offer Live TV service, or just under half the fleet. 

AircraftIn FleetLive TV?
A350-900 Regional24
A350-900 Long-Haul28
A350-900 ULR7
A380-80017
B737-813
B737-8009
B777-300ER26
B787-1015

In case you’re wondering which version of the A350-900 you’re flying on, here’s a reminder of how the seats are configured: 

 A350-900 RegionalA350-900 Long-HaulA350-900 ULR
Number in Fleet24287
Passengers   
Business404267
Premium Economy2494
Economy263187
Total303253161

The A350-900 Regional uses the 2018 Regional Business Class seat, while the A350-900 Long-Haul and ULR use the 2013 Business Class seat.

LHS: 2018 Regional Business Class seat | RHS: 2013 Business Class seat

There are several ways to tell if your A350-900 has Live TV service:

  • If you see an A350-900 on a European or USA route, it must have Live TV
  • Look at the Business Class seat map. If you see seats with “wings” like the ones on the left below, you’re on a A350-900 Regional with no Live TV. If you see rectangular seats like the ones on the right below, you’re on a A350-900 Long-Haul or A350-900 ULR with Live TV
LHS: A350-900 Regional aircraft, no Live TV | RHS: A350-900 Long-Haul aircraft, with Live TV
  • If the plane has no Economy Class cabin, you’re on a A350-900 ULR with Live TV
  • If the plane has no Premium Economy cabin, you’re on a A350-900 Regional with no Live TV

For those of you who like to track aircraft on sites like FlightRadar24 or FlightAware, here’s the relevant registration numbers for the A350-900 ULR and Long-Haul aircraft. 

✈️ SIA A350-900 ULR Fleet
  • 9V-SGA
  • 9V-SGB
  • 9V-SGC
  • 9V-SGD
  • 9V-SGE
  • 9V-SGF
  • 9V-SGG
✈️ SIA A350-900 (Long-Haul) Fleet
  • 9V-SMA
  • 9V-SMB
  • 9V-SMC
  • 9V-SMD
  • 9V-SME
  • 9V-SMF
  • 9V-SMG
  • 9V-SMH
  • 9V-SMI
  • 9V-SMJ
  • 9V-SMK
  • 9V-SML
  • 9V-SMM
  • 9V-SMN
  • 9V-SMO
  • 9V-SMP
  • 9V-SMQ
  • 9V-SMR
  • 9V-SMS
  • 9V-SMT
  • 9V-SMU
  • 9V-SMV
  • 9V-SMW
  • 9V-SMY
  • 9V-SMZ
  • 9V-SJA
  • 9V-SJB
  • 9V-SJE

What’s on Live TV?

Passengers flying on SIA aircraft with Live TV service can choose from the following four channels:

  • BBC World News
  • CNN
  • CNBC
  • Sport 24

What’s really catching my attention is Sport 24, which holds the broadcast rights for major sporting events like the US Open and Wimbledon tennis championships, the English Premier League and UEFA Champions League, NBA, PGA Golf Tour and the Olympics. Imagine witnessing these events live from your seat.

🎾 Sport 24 Events
  • AFC Champions League
  • AFL
  • America’s Cup
  • ATP 1000 Tennis
  • Augusta Masters
  • Australian Open
  • Big Bash League
  • Copa Libertadores
  • EuroLeague Basketball
  • European Tour Golf
  • Horse Racing
  • HSBC World Rugby Sevens
  • Hyundai A-League
  • International Football
  • MotoGP
  • National Rugby League
  • NBA
  • NBA Finals
  • NBA Playoffs
  • NFL
  • NFL Super Bowl
  • NHL
  • OLYMPICS
  • PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
  • PGA Tour®
  • Premier League
  • Roland Garros
  • Ryder Cup
  • SailGP
  • Ski Jumping
  • Skiing
  • Stanley Cup final
  • Stanley Cup playoffs
  • State of Origin
  • The Open
  • Tokyo 2020 Olympics
  • UEFA Champions League
  • UEFA Euro 2020
  • UEFA Europa League
  • UEFA European Qualifiers
  • UEFA Nations League
  • UEFA Super Cup
  • US Open Tennis
  • Wimbledon

I’ve previously managed to catch the Australian Open on a flight from Bangkok, and more recently, the semi-finals of Indian Wells when flying from San Francisco. 

Australian Open
Indian Wells

The feed remained stable throughout the broadcast, and it was just like watching from anywhere else on earth. 

Will Live TV come to other aircraft?

Live TV has not yet been confirmed for the A380s, but imagine watching it like this…

Live TV has yet to be introduced on the regionally-configured A350-900s, A380-800s, B737-800s or B777-300ERs. 

Singapore Airlines remains tight-lipped about a broader rollout, only sharing the following

We will share plans for a broader rollout, if any, at the appropriate time. 

-SIA Spokesperson

While I’m confident we haven’t seen the end of the Live TV rollout, it’s a safe bet the B737-800s won’t get it (on account of not having IFE screens!). 

Singapore Airlines uses a mixture of Panasonic and Thales IFE equipment, and while Panasonic Avionics owns the international inflight rights to the Sport 24 channel, it’s mentioned its openness to working with other providers: 

Green tells Runway Girl Network that Panasonic is talking to all the usual players in IFC (inflight connectivity), effectively anyone who wants live sports as part of their offering, which is a “huge and growing market”.

Panasonic expects to forge relationships with aero ISPs after ensuring they have the right tech and security to protect the sports streams. But the company is not opposed to working with rivals in the embedded IFE space, with Green noting of course that Panasonic has a number of airline customers with a mix of IFE and IFC providers.

Once agreements are reached and Panasonic hands over the streams to the IFC providers, in theory those streams are available for whatever IFE hardware is on board, says Green.

Indeed, Panasonic recently secured one such agreement bringing Sport 24 to JetBlue’s A321LR aircraft, which are fitted with Thales AVANT monitors and Viasat’s inflight connectivity network. So there’s no reason why that couldn’t happen for Singapore Airlines, and in any case, the vast majority of SIA’s fleet uses Panasonic Avionics hardware anyway. 

✈️ Singapore Airlines Widebody Fleet
 Panasonic AvionicsThales
A350-900
(Long-haul, Ultra Long Range)

(Medium-haul)
A380-800 
B777-300ER 
B787-10 

Conclusion

Singapore Airlines passengers can now enjoy Live TV service on all B737-8, B787-10, A350-900ULR and A350-900 Long-Haul aircraft, representing just under half the fleet.

It’s certainly not the first airline to offer such a service – others have had it for years now – but a welcome addition to the KrisWorld entertainment repertoire nonetheless.

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Jason

No F1 on Sport24? 🙁

Rob

I just wish they’d enable the external cameras so you could watch those!

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