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Pre-recorded 'news' and stale movies on airplanes could soon be history. In-Flight Network (IFN) demonstrated this week live, air-to-ground technology that will provide airline passengers with broadband Internet, e-mail and live television services by early 2001.

IFN's high-speed in-flight Internet connection will enable streaming video delivery of live television, including news, sports, business and finance information and entertainment.

Passengers will also be able to access a wide variety of Web sites and on-line services, including AOL, using standard laptop PCs and browsers. The IFN system will interface with passengers' laptops and PDAs.

In case you're worried, the old pre-recorded stuff will still be available on existing aircraft in-flight entertainment systems.

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