Delta Air Lines will soon enable passengers to stream television shows and movies directly to their laptop or tablet while in flight.
Streamed content will be accessible for 24 hours after a flight and available for playback on the ground through the same device used onboard. All 800 of Delta’s two-class domestic aircraft will be equipped with the new on-demand technology by the end of 2013, with the roll-out continuing to the airline’s 150 international wide-body aircraft, once they are equipped with Wi-Fi. This is expected to be complete by 2015.
“Delta continues to innovate through the use of technology and this newest addition means customers can count on having numerous in-flight entertainment choices available, whether they’re flying internationally or domestically,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “Bringing this technology to our Wi-Fi enabled fleet is just the latest way we are making flying better for Delta customers.”
The streaming service will not be free however, with Delta saying that “introductory prices” will range from US$0.99 per show for TV programmes to US$3.99 for movies. But passengers will not need to purchase a Wi-Fi connection to access the on-demand service.