October 19 2023  |  Inflight Entertainment

Delta Air Lines brings live TV to domestic wide-body fleet

By Alex Preston

Passengers on select Boeing 767-400 aircraft flying domestic routes will be able to watch live TV on seatback screens in partnership with DIRECTV and Viasat

Delta Air Lines has become the first US-based airline to integrate LiveTV into seatback screens onboard its wide-body planes.

Working with and Viasat and DIRECTV, the carrier has launched a domestic 18-channel TV lineup on select 767-400 aircraft flying select long-haul domestic routes.

Channels include: ABC, Bravo, CBS, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, Golf, FOX, HGTV, FOX News, MSNBC, NBC, NFL Network, TBS, Telemundo, TNT, and USA.

“We are thrilled to not only bring our world-class, live TV offering to Delta Air Lines, but to make history with the airline by being the first to offer this type of in-flight entertainment,” said Doug Eichler, Senior Vice President, DIRECTV Business Solutions in a statement released yesterday (October 18). “As an industry disruptor for nearly 30 years, DIRECTV for Business is proud to take the Delta in-flight experience to the next level, allowing us to reach their customers in a very meaningful way – one that greatly enhances the passenger experience.”

“Furthermore, Viasat is leading the way in designing world-class in-flight, online entertainment experiences,” added Eichler. “Our work with Viasat illustrates DIRECTV’s innovation and commitment to delivering the most innovative technology solutions in the market.”

“Live TV is a critical part of the connected living room experience we aim to offer on Delta no matter the customer’s destination,” said Ekrem Dimbiloglu, Managing Director of In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity at Delta Air Lines. “We see the aircraft as the ultimate platform for entertainment and discovery, and this milestone brings us ever closer to ensuring that vision is reality on as many routes as possible.”

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