American Airlines announced that they’re rolling out free live TV on over 100 planes today. They’re continuing to roll out the product on more planes, so it’s likely you’ll see this feature on a future AA flight soon.
The service is free and consists of 12 channels:
- Disney Channel
- NFL Network
Now, you’ll need to bring your own device, but I don’t see that as a big hurdle. Most folks have a smartphone with them. You might need to bring an extra battery for a longer flight since not all planes have power ports. Here’s where American says you can find live TV right now:
Free live TV is now available on more than 100 aircraft equipped with Gogo 2Ku high-speed Wi-Fi including all 48 Airbus A320s, which are receiving in-seat power during 2019. It is also available on more than 60 A319s, which have power outlets in every row.
The Final Two Pennies
I really like this development. I’ve seen this and similar products at industry trade shows. The available channels are impressive, especially for sports fans like me. I really hate hopping on a flight during a major sporting event. Now, there are 100 planes flying around where that’s unlikely to be a problem. And, unlike United (who charges for their DirecTV service) American isn’t charging customers for this service. I’d call that a win!
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