Amer­i­can Air­lines adds free live TV

USA TODAY US Edition - - LIFE | TRAVEL - Dawn Gil­bert­son

Trav­el­ers on Amer­i­can Air­lines have a free, new in-flight en­ter­tain­ment op­tion.

The world’s largest air­line now of­fers live TV on more than 100 planes fly­ing do­mes­tic routes, with plans to ex­pand that to 700 planes by the end of 2019.

Pas­sen­gers will have their pick of 12 chan­nels: Bravo, CBS, CNBC, CNN, Dis­ney, ESPN, Fox, NBC, NFL Net­work, Tele­mu­ndo, TNT and USA.

The shows which are in ad­di­tion to on-de­mand TV shows and movies, won’t be of­fered on seat-back screens. Trav­el­ers will watch them on their lap­tops, smart­phones and tablets.

The best part: You don’t have to pay for in-flight Wi-Fi to ac­cess the chan­nels.

The free TV is avail­able on Air­bus A320s and Air­bus A319s.

Amer­i­can is a late­comer to live TV, at least on do­mes­tic flights. JetBlue made it a hall­mark of its ser­vice with seat-back screens of­fer­ing free live Direc­tTV.

South­west Air­lines has of­fered free TV for sev­eral years, and Delta of­fers free live TV on se­lect flights.

Amer­i­can likes to brag that it is the only car­rier of­fer­ing free live TV on in­ter­na­tional flights. The car­rier says its en­tire long-haul in­ter­na­tional fleet has five chan­nels, in­clud­ing CNNi, BBC and Sport24.


Amer­i­can Air­lines is adding free live TV to more than 100 planes.

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