American Airlines Now Offers Free Entertainment Domestically
American Airlines sent out an email to their frequent flyer members announcing that American Airlines now offers free entertainment domestically. They have added free live tv and free movies & shows. The only problem is you have to bring your own hardware most of the time.
The live streaming TV will be provided by Dish and will include channels like CNN, Disney, NBC, ESPN, FOX, TNT, USA and more. To access the streaming TV or their selection of movies & shows you will need to download the American App prior to takeoff. This should work on your phone, computer, or tablet.
You can use these services without having to pay for Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi will still be an extra charge to use it.
While adding a service, especially for free, is always welcomed I hate this bring your own device trend. Southwest has done this for years on their flights and Delta does it on their planes where there are no TVs in the headrests.
I much prefer when the in flight entertainment is via screens in the headrests. It seems like a more streamlined process, easier to use, more comfortable to watch, and overall a smoother experience. That is why I enjoy flying Delta because they are one of the few airlines that still has in flight entertainment in economy and offers it for free.
Airlines have moved away from in flight entertainment screens to cut down on weight on the plane for reduced fuel cost. They also save on installation costs. I usually choose to watch a movie or show I downloaded versus streaming live TV but it is nice to have the option if a big game is on or something. I did watch Virginia become the first 1 seed to ever lose to a 16 seed live on Southwest, so it can come in handy.
What are your thoughts? Is this a good addition or more of a meh perk?