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3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2018
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Global Eagle (together with its subsidiaries, “Global Eagle” or the “Company”, “we”, “us” or “our”) is a leading provider of media and satellite-based connectivity to fast-growing, global mobility markets across air, land and sea. Global Eagle offers a fully integrated suite of rich media content and seamless connectivity solutions that cover the globe. As of March 31, 2018, its business was comprised of two operating segments: Media & Content and Connectivity. See Note 13. Segment Information for further discussion on the Company’s reportable segments.

Prior to the Company’s acquisition (the “EMC Acquisition”) of Emerging Markets Communications (“EMC”) on July 27, 2016 (the “EMC Acquisition Date”), the Company’s business consisted of two operating segments: Content and Connectivity. (EMC was a communications services provider that offered land-based sites and marine vessels globally a multimedia platform delivering communications, Internet, live television, on-demand video, voice, cellular and 3G/LTE services. Following the EMC Acquisition, the acquired EMC business became our then third operating segment called Maritime & Land Connectivity, and we renamed our other two segments to be Media & Content and Aviation Connectivity. However, in the second quarter of 2017, we reorganized our business from three operating segments back into two operating segments—Media & Content and Connectivity. Our chief operating decision maker determined this was appropriate based on the similarities and synergies between the Aviation Connectivity and Maritime & Land Connectivity segments relating to satellite bandwidth and equipment used in those businesses as well as on our restructured reporting lines across all of our business departments. However, we will continue to have three separate reporting units for purposes of our goodwill impairment testing. See below and Note 13. Segment Information for a further discussion of our reportable segments.

Media & Content
The Media & Content operating segment selects, manages, provides lab services and distributes wholly-owned and licensed media content, video and music programming, advertising, applications and video games to the airline, maritime and other “away from home” non-theatrical markets.


The Connectivity operating segment provides its customers, including their passengers and crew, with (i) Wi-Fi connectivity via L, C, Ka and Ku-band satellite transmissions that enable access to the Internet, live television, on-demand content, shopping and travel-related information and (ii) operational solutions that allow customers to improve the management of their internal operations. The segment consists of our former Maritime & Land Connectivity segment and Aviation Connectivity segment, which were combined into a single Connectivity operating segment in the second quarter of 2017.