September 10 2018  |  Inflight Entertainment

American Airlines offers free live TV

By Rachel Debling

Starting this month, passengers on 100 of American Airlines' domestic aircraft will receive access to 12 live TV channels, free of charge.

The program is initially being offered on the airline's aircraft that are equipped with Gogo 2Ku high-speed Wi-Fi, including all 48 A320s and more than 60 A319s. The airline has plans to extend the live TV program, as well as high-speed Internet, across its 700-plus long-term mainline narrowbody fleet next year.

American is already the only U.S. airline to offer live TV on international flights, according to a press release from the company.

“Our customers have told us they want a living room experience in the air – the ability to watch free entertainment, stream their favorite shows on-demand, charge their phones and stay connected from start to finish during their travels,” said Kurt Stache, Senior Vice President for Marketing, Loyalty and Sales, in a statement. “Free live TV on our mainline domestic fleet is the latest step in making that a reality, and it complements the live TV we offer on all of our international widebody flights today.

“We are working quickly to update every part of our fleet to give our customers excellent entertainment and connectivity options no matter where they fly with us."

The live TV channels powered by DISH on domestic flights are Bravo, CBS, CNBC, CNN, the Disney Channel, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, Telemundo, TNT and USA. The channels will be streamed directly to customers' personal electronic devices and can be viewed for free from gate to gate.

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