United Airlines app updated with new in-flight streaming video service

By , May 7, 2014

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Back in March, we told you that United Airlines was on the verge of launching a new in-flight movie service for iOS users. The service would allow iPhone and iPad owners to watch over 150 movies and 200 TV shows on their devices for free.

The program launched last month on select aircraft, and today the official United Airlines app was updated to support it. With the app installed, users on compatible planes will be able to access free media while connected to Wi-Fi in-flight…

Here is your full 2.0.13 change log:

What’s New in Version 2.0.13

Entertainment, personalized
- United’s new personal device entertainment service will be available on select aircraft.
- United app version 2.0.13 adds the required software to browse and watch select movies and TV shows on your mobile device when connected to the “United_Wi-Fi” network.
- To see if your flight offers personal device entertainment, go to the Inflight Amenities tab on the united.com Flight Status & Information page, or check the Amenities section of the Flight Status Details screen in the United app within 24 hours of your flight departure. (Amenities are subject to change until the time of departure.)

So the service will work like this. When boarding a United Airlines flight, make sure you have the latest version of the app installed and connect your device to the United_Wi-Fi network (it works with laptops too, with the help of a plug-in).

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Once inflight and connected, you will see your selection of movies and TV shows. All titles will be available for on-demand and immediate viewing, and if you happen to finish your selection or want to watch something else, you can easily switch.

Again, the new personal device entertainment service isn’t available on all United flights yet, but they hope to have it in most of their aircraft by the end of the year. You can find the United Airlines app in the App Store for iPhone and iPad for free.

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  • http://jltech.com.nu Jonathan Liu

    I know all this ‘airplane mode’ and ‘interference with plane signal’ crap was fake.

    • Nesly Lacroix

      It’s not interference if you pay us for WIFI. LOL!

      • Lindsay000

        I very much doubt you’ll have to pay for the wifi. We’ve had a in-flight service like this in Australia for a while now on Virgin planes and it’s fantastic! There’s hundreds of movies and TV shows to watch on your iPhone or iPad for free. Amazing quality too.

  • Nesly Lacroix

    It’s not really free since you need to pay for WIFI.

    • J Alrbright

      Paying for wifi, and being connected to it are different. United’s wifi allows you to be connected to the service, without paying. You can only see a few things – like a map of where the plane is currently flying, and the weather, but that content is free. And the connection to the streaming video service could be free as well, depending on how they set it up.