Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Streaming films, music coming to Qantas domestic flights

Airline offers free in-flight Netflix and Spotify Inflight streaming: Qantas hooks up with Netflix, Spotify, Foxtel
Edmund Wade | 16 February, 2017, 00:38

In addition to assisting with reducing turbulence and improving aircraft maintenance, the upgrade will also provide a boost to entertainment in the form of Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify access.

Qantas' free, high-speed in-flight wifi is due to begin rolling out on its first B737 to be wifi enabled late this month, with the carrier claiming its wifi will offer speeds ten-times faster than conventional on-board wifi services. Travellers will be required to sign up for a subscription to access Netflix's and Spotify's free trials, though no sign up is necessary to use Foxtel's three free days' access.

A deal done by the Australian airline means its customers will have free access to usually paid-for subscription services Netflix, Spotify and Australian TV app Foxtel.

Currently, The rest of the airline's fleet of domestic Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft will follow from mid-2017 onwards. Spotify will open this up so you can listen to virtually any song you like'.

Qantas added in its statement that it is also now in talks with suppliers to extend Wi-Fi services onto its global and regional (QantasLink) fleets to "develop a product that can overcome a number of technical, performance and coverage challenges, including options for Wi-Fi over large stretches over water".

Airline offers free in-flight Netflix and Spotify
Can’t wait

Spotify will offer a 30 day free trial of its Premium music service, which has no ads, shuffle play and unlimited skips.

"The usage data from the collection of albums we already have on our aircraft shows that music is a great way for passengers to relax as they watch the world fly by". Streaming of Sky News Australia will also be available.

Qantas passengers will now be able to use Wi-Fi on domestic flights, thanks to the NBN.

Existing subscribers will be able to log in to their accounts and access the services during flights as they would normally.

In-flight wi-fi has revolutionised the flying experience - your 239 Instagram followers must no longer be neglected for 11 hours straight, and you'd never step off a long flight to a barrage of online abuse, like one woman did three years ago.

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