Thursday, 16 February 2017 06:34

Streaming films, music coming to Qantas domestic flights

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Content from Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify will be available on Qantas' Wi-Fi enabled domestic flights from late February onwards.

The first aircraft will get the services this month and the remainder of the Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 fleet will get the same services by mid-year.

The airline said in a media release that the speeds of Internet access on board would be up to 10 times faster than conventional in-flight Wi-Fi.

These speeds are being made possible by the NBN Sky Muster satellite.

{loadpositionsam08}Passengers will need to sign up to subscriptions to use Netflix and Spotify on-board. They will need to use their own devices to use the onboard Wi-Fi.

But though all three are paid services, Qantas customers will get free access on- and off-board for three days to a month after a flight.

  • Foxtel will offer three days free access to its Foxtel app every time a customer flies, allowing customers to stream live sports, news and TV shows as well as its full range of on-demand content. No sign-up to a subscription is required.
  • Netflix will offer new customers access to the entire Netflix service as part of a 30-day free trial. Existing Netflix members only need to log in to continue watching at no extra charge.
  • Spotify will offer a 30-day free trial of its Premium music service, which has no ads, shuffle play and unlimited skips.

Qantas Group executive of brand, marketing and corporate affairs, Olivia Wirth, said: "We know that email, online shopping and general Web browsing will be popular uses when we switch on Wi-Fi, but what a lot of people relish about flying is being able to catch up on their favourite TV shows or watch movies they didn’t get to see at the cinema.

"Foxtel and Netflix both have huge catalogues that are expanding all the time, so there will be no shortage of entertainment on board.

"The usage data from the collection of albums we already have on our aircraft shows that music is a great way for passengers to relax as they watch the world fly by. Spotify will open this up so you can listen to virtually any song you like."


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