Once squeezed into your middle seat there’s a couple different options from Frontier and DIRECTV, but it’s all going to cost you. Flights under 2 hours cost around $4, and after that it’s $6 for those trips between a couple hours and three and half hours. Flights doing their thing over that will cost you $8. Your main Sunday options are covered thanks to CBS and FOX, and both channels pair well with a can of Boulder Beer Hazed and Infused for $6.50. There's a little bit of a buy-in with Frontier, but we doubt we'd be able to resist shelling out the cash to catch our game.
The live television is somewhat limited aboard Southwest Airlines, and you need to bring your own device to steam things when flying high. However, when it comes to watching sports in a metal tube in the middle of the clouds—we’re not complaining. In total there’s 13 live channels up for grabs for free thanks to DISH Network, but that doesn’t include include NFL RedZone. They’ve got FOX, NBC, and NFL Network, so order up an in-flight beer and enjoy the game.
With all those DIRECTTV channels JetBlue has you more than covered, and of course they are more than willing to pass out all the blue chips that you can handle. On Sundays CBS, NBC, and FOX are ready for your viewing pleasure all afternoon, and on Monday nights there’s ESPN to get you through the end of the football week. What sets JetBlue apart from the competition is NFL Network—it’s channel 36—and that’s where you can catch those random games that take place on Thursday nights.
They’ve got a whole bunch of channels aboard certain United aircraft, but that doesn’t mean that their partnership with DIRECTV has everyone covered. It’s going to cost you $6 for flights two hours and less and $8 for flights over two hours, but when it comes to football on the plane—it’s worth it. ESPN, NBC, FOX, CBS, NFL Network are all available from your seat back screen, and best of all—NFL Red Zone. It’s just a matter of luck if you get a plane with this kind of in-flight entertainment, as it’s mostly across their former Continental fleet of 737s.
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