Netflix is by far my favourite online streaming service. Absolutely superb Netflix original shows such as Stranger Things and Narcos, combined with a pleather of 3rd party content makes Netflix simply unbeatable. Amazon Prime Instant Video is good, as is Hulu, but neither quite compare to the behemoth that is Netflix has become. Anyway, I’m not here to write about how much I love Netflix, I’m writing to bring you great news! As reported by Variety, Netflix is joining up with airline carriers to bring Netflix streaming on airplanes.
Yes I know, you can download Netflix shows to your device and watch them that way. However, not all shows are able to do this, plus, a lot of people are still rocking 16GB mobile phones. That is not enough space to store many episodes of anything.
Netflix created very intuitive low-bandwidth mobile streaming technology that will allow you to stream Netflix shows without lag or quality loss. In fact, Netflix claims that passengers will be able to stream in high quality, which is very impressive!
So how will it work?
Passengers will still use their personal devices to access Netflix. They’ll connect their device to the airplane’s WiFi and can then stream to their heart’s content. As to how much airlines will charge for the WiFi is up to them, but it is likely to be little to nothing. Nothing? Yep! Netflix could potentially be saving airline carriers up to 75% when it comes to bandwidth costs, meaning they won’t have to charge passengers so much.
Do you still need a Netflix subscription?
Well, sort of. Yes, you will need a Netflix subscription to stream Netflix. However, if you do not have a Netflix subscription, you will be offered a 30-day free trial. You’ll just have to remember to cancel the trial before it ends if you don’t want to be charged. This is a big win-win for Netflix and for passengers; Netflix will get a bunch of new subscribers, and passengers will get high quality streaming for little to no cost.
High-quality Netflix streaming on airplanes is actually a really exciting prospect when you consider just how bad airplane WiFi tends to be. It will be awesome to be able to walk onto an airplane, and not have to worry about whether or not it will have good shows/movies on the onboard entertainment system. On top of that, the fact that decent WiFi could potentially be free on some airliners is simply brilliant.
You can expect to see high-quality Netflix streaming on airplanes sometime in 2018.