Netflix And Virgin America Team Up For Free In-Flight Streaming

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Netflix streams on airplanes too, starting with Virgin America.

Virgin America passengers will now be able to binge watch the entire Netflix catalog for free while flying with the airline, ViaSat announced in a news release on Tuesday.Virgin America became the first airline to offer Netflix via Wi-Fi, launching the service on Virgin America Flight 1 from San Francisco to Washington D.C.One downside of in-flight Wi-Fi is that airlines block streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, a restriction made in part due to the speed of the wireless data connection on board as well as the bandwidth available to share amongst all the passengers trying to connect. This new in-flight entertainment service is made possible due to a connectivity partnership between Virgin America and ViaSat, a global provider of satellite and wireless services.

The partnership allows for much quicker WiFi on 10 of the airline’s airbus A320 aircrafts; ViaSat claims that passengers can expect the connection to be as quick as it would be at home. Virgin claimed its new ViaSat-powered WiFi is strong enough to stream video, and bringing the bandwidth-hungry Netflix aboard is certainly one way to prove it. The satellite-based internet service is capable of providing Wi-Fi is 8-10 times faster than current in-flight Wi-Fi options. “As WiFi becomes more ubiquitous, it’s going to be increasingly possible for members to enjoy Netflix wherever they want,” said Bill Holmes, Netflix’s global head of business development. “We’re delighted to partner with Virgin America to extend the joy of Netflix to our members at 35,000 feet.” It’s not going to be available on all of Virgin’s planes just yet.

Even if you don’t have a Netflix account, you can sign up for a free trial, or just watch episodes from a few favorites like House of Cards or Orange is the New Black on the new Android-based entertainment systems. Why this matters: Behind the scenes, airlines are wheeling and dealing to align themselves with content creators to improve their inflight entertainment options. Netflix and Virgin America are both known for their focus on innovation and for shaking up their respective industries – so we’re thrilled to team up to bring the best in technology and entertainment to the skies. These latest generation investments in our WiFi and entertainment platforms allow us to provide the largest breadth of streamed content ever available at 35,000 feet. It’s hard to say exactly what the performance of Virgin’s inflight network will be, especially with dozens of people trying to stream movies simultaneously.

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