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Allegiant Gets Ready to Beam Entertainment Right to Your Seat at 35,000 Feet

October 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM | by | ()

News about Allegiant Air usually is all about cheap fares to lesser known city pairs, unique fees and surcharges, and of course the recent ability to fly all the way over to Hawaii. Rarely—as in never—do we hear the carrier’s thoughts on in-flight entertainment or other tech tidbits to keep passengers entertainment while up in the air, so that’s why we almost choked on our breakfast burrito when we heard about their feelings on in-flight movies.

Allegiant is planning to team up with Row 44 in hopes of bringing a little bit of in-flight connectivity to their low-cost carrier model, as apparently they understand that even passengers on cheap fares can get pretty darn bored up in the air.

The plan is to bring the new technology to the airline’s fleet of Boeing 757s and Row 44’s video-on-demand service will primarily be available on flights to and from the mainland and Hawaii. The services will be some sort of wireless-streaming entertainment platform, but it’s all operating without satellite connectivity. That means no in-flight WiFi, but it does mean that there’s the potential to get stuff beamed down from the airplane into your phone or tablet.

All in all there will be movies, music, television shows, and of course a flight map available, and there will likely be plenty from which to choose thanks to the almost two terabyte server. Pricing hasn’t been announced as of yet, but you can bet your in-flight peanuts that it’s not going to be complimentary. Installation begins in the first quarter of 2013, so we’ll be sure to fill you in on more details once they become available. Until then—don’t forget your iPad.

[Photo: TDelCoro]

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