United Airlines to launch iOS-exclusive in-flight entertainment service next month

By Shawn Knight ยท 11 replies
Mar 13, 2014
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  1. United Airlines will begin rolling out an in-flight entertainment service for iOS devices next month. The service will be free of charge with more than 150 movies and nearly 200 TV shows on tap according to their airline.

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    God I hate OS exclusive offerings.
  3. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    So apple paid $50bill to get united airlines to choose iOS only for this? Don't you think your limiting your service to 20-30% of your customers is a stupid thing to do????
  4. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    If they just got $50 bil for it I doubt they care :p
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    So let the Apple users be the guinea pigs pigs for a test service, by time Android and Windows come on board (was that a pun?) it'll be smooth sailing (or flying) for them. United Airlines can't be stupid enough to forsake the majority of their passengers.
  6. People without IOS won't know and won't care what their missing. People with IOS will be like "cool." I flew United. They already have movies and music and shitty games on every headrest so it's not like people are going without.
  7. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 286   +92

    Note to self, "do not fly United".
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    I would think the whole fiasco borders on being illegal. Interfering with trade, attempting to create a monopoly, restricting communications.

    Oh well, I suppose the legislators Apple pays off would doubtless disagree with me. Most everybody else does. :oops:
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  9. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    They probably are paying the government to allow them to sue everyone for having technology they didnt invent including touchscreen technology and curved corners.
  10. Just a guess, but I suspect the choice to limit to iOS has to do with the fact that iOS consistently supports a single streaming protocol (HLS), whereas Android devices are all over the place with streaming. The problem is well known in the streaming media world. Based on what major players like Netflix went through, I would expect Android support to follow in about 9 - 12 months.
  11. I was recently on a flight that had this service in trial mode. There were only a handful of TV shows to watch and about 50 recent movies, all of which I had already seen via redbox or netflix. As to the OS restrictions they claimed to be working on an android version, but it worked fine on iOS and windows devices (when it worked). It was supposed to be on 2 of my flights, but the service was not on the return trip at all. Overall I prefer the video on demand feature with screens at every seat, rather than the bring your own device model.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,025   +2,557

    Good point! So at the end of the day, you''re saying that this "model", saves the airline a ton of money on installed equipment?

    No doubt, that will provide for lower ticket prices!:D (*)

    (*) Keep in mind I'm off my meds, and that could explain my delusionality....:oops:

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