Posted on: 14 August 2015 by Ross McSweeny
In an expansion of its ‘United Private Screening’ concept, United has equipped over half its 120-strong fleet of two-cabin E170, E175 and CRJ700 regional jets (operated by United Express) with free content streaming to personal electronic devices (PEDs), with the rollout due to be completed on the remaining aircraft by the end of next week.
PED streaming is now available on more than 200 United aircraft, but the airline’s aim is to install personal device entertainment on more than 650 mainline and regional aircraft in total. These numbers include United’s intercontinental fleet, 200 of which already offer on-demand seat-back entertainment; and mainline aircraft, 227 of which already offer live television.
“Whether they travel for business or pleasure, we're designing ‘United Private Screening’ to ensure our customers have access to content that is entertaining, interesting, wide-ranging and relaxing,” commented Scott Wilson, United's vice president of merchandising and eCommerce. “Our ongoing expansion of personal device entertainment and the additional HBO and Vevo content provide our customers more in-flight entertainment choices than ever before.”
United has also expanded its content offering on aircraft that already offer PED streaming or seatback on-demand entertainment to include full seasons of popular HBO television shows such as ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘True Detective.’
Furthermore, the airline has partnered with Vevo to give passengers complimentary access to hundreds of music videos and concert performances on aircraft offering personal device entertainment. Vevo content is also available through seatback on-demand entertainment.
Finally, United is in its second year as the official airline of the Tribeca Film Festival. As a result, flights with live television, seatback on-demand entertainment and PED streaming offer unique in-flight content curated by Tribeca, including independent feature narratives and documentaries as well as short films.United states that in-flight Wi-Fi is now available on 85% of mainline aircraft and that regional jets are in the midst of receiving the technology.
Passengers can learn before departure which entertainment option will be available by checking their flight status at united.com or via the United mobile app.