Charge Up Your Gadgets! Southwest is Installing Streaming Live TV
It’s been some time since we heard about Southwest Airlines and their WiFi fun, but now it sounds like things are picking up. The airline that will always LUV us is now doing even more to show us that they care, as they’ll be bringing live streaming content right to our seats at 35,000-feet.
The plan is to offer both live news and sports programming in the skies, and to test all this using five planes. In total there will be seven different channels that passengers will be able to watch right on their own devices. If the channels catch on, they'll pick up on installations, and more and more options will be available as soon as the middle of July. That means your iPad, iPod, Kindle, or that new Google thing needs to be fully charged and ready to go, as there is no plan to install any kind of in-flight touchscreens right in the back of your Southwest seat.
Prices will range from between $3-$8, and you’ll be able to watch channels like NBC Sports, MLB, NFL Network, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News and Fox Business News. The Live TV options will be separate from the airline’s usual WiFi offerings, and if all goes according to plan the service will be expanded to around 250 of their WiFi enabled planes by the end of 2012.
We’ve got to say that this is certainly a step in the right direction, but with other airlines offering way more channelsand often for freeSouthwest Airlines has a way to go to totally catch up to some of the competition.