Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Southwest Airlines offers passengers live in-flight TV from Dish

updated 12:51 pm EDT, Tue July 2, 2013

Live TV promoted by iPad giveaway to passengers on flight

Satellite TV provider Dish Network will be providing free live TV to passengers on Southwest Airlines flights. The service, titled TV Flies Free, will be available on more than 400 Southwest planes with Wi-Fi onboard, and will offer up to 75 on-demand shows at no charge, as well as access to 13 live-streaming channels.

Passengers wanting to use the service will need to use their own smartphone or tablet in order to view content through the Dish Anywhere and Hopper Transfers apps, and despite the Dish branding, viewers will not be required to be Dish customers. As part of the service's launch, 100 Southwest passengers were presented with a free iPad 2, while new Dish customers opting for a Hopper DVR will receive Southwest frequent flier points and the option for an iPad.

The addition of free live TV over Wi-Fi is the latest addition to in-flight entertainment in order for airlines to attract customers. While Southwest currently offers Wi-Fi to its customers, competing airline JetBlue already offers live TV through DirecTV, and though it does not currently offer in-flight Wi-Fi, it hopes to launch the service in partnership with ViaSat later this Summer.




By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker

There could very well be a new king of the hill for Bluetooth speakers, with Sound Blaster's recent entry into the marketplace. Bringi ...

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this y ...

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News