United to Offer Free In-flight Movies & TV for Your Personal Device
Next month, United will roll out a new onboard entertainment system allowing free access to “over 150 movies and nearly 200 TV shows” on your personal device. You’ll need to download the latest United app from the iTunes® App Store if using a mobile device, but laptops don’t require the app.
While the announcement states that Android and other mobile devices are not yet fully supported, as an Android user I’m hoping that changes soon. I mean, a United app for Android already exists…
The United announcement is pasted below, or you can access it at United Hub.
Starting this April, we’re rolling out our new personal device entertainment system onboard select aircraft. With this new service, sponsored by the MileagePlus® Explorer Card, you can choose from over 150 movies and nearly 200 TV shows and watch them free of charge on your personal device.
Most planes will be equipped with the new system very soon, and we’ll have it installed on most domestic aircraft by the end of 2014. We’ll begin on Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 747-400 and select 777-200 aircraft, followed by additional fleets. In the end, all United-operated flights will have some form of entertainment.
Remember that 48 hours before your flight you can check the amenities you’ll have onboard at united.com or on the United app. (Please note that the amenities are subject to change up until the time of departure.)
How it works
Here’s all you need to do before you board to make your inflight viewing as seamless as possible:
1. Download the latest United app from the iTunes® App Store if you’ll be using a mobile device. Laptops do not require the app. (Android™ and other mobile devices are not fully supported at this time.)
2. Charge your device fully.
Once you’re onboard, you’ll see two types of media. Some programs require a browser plug-in on your laptop or the latest United App on your Apple® iOS. Other programs can be watched through the United Portal on your browser with no plug-in or app required.
Just click on what you’d like to watch. You can start, stop, rewind, pause and switch your movie or TV show anytime. It’s that simple.