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Delta and Disney Reach Deal to Bring Disney+ to Skies, Extended 14-Day Trial for SkyMiles Members

As part of the deal, Delta U.S. SkyMiles members and travelers flying on selected routes will be offered an extended 14-Day Free Trial of Disney+. Customers will be given an exclusive promo code that can be redeemed on the Disney+ website. – Jason Gurwin, The Streamable » https://ift.tt/2sEeaic

I just streamed Netflix, YouTube, and Spotify on a plane — all at once

photo: Chris Welch, The Verge

Run a speed test, though, and you’re quickly reminded that you’re using the internet 35,000 feet in the sky and this technology can only do so much. I pulled between 6Mbps and 8Mbps on the download side, and upload was pretty much non-existent, failing to cross or even really approach 1Mbps. Latency can be another killer; pings averaged around 900 milliseconds. […] What you probably care about most is that Netflix actually works. It did on the Jimmy Ray, though things slowed noticeably when everyone on board was pushing the connection. I can’t speak to how everything will fare months from now on a packed flight with every seat filled. – Chris Welch, The Verge

In Which An $8 In-Flight Video Charge Led To A $5M Class Action Lawsuit Against United Airlines

NorthJersey.com reports that the woman filed the hefty class action lawsuit in federal court alleging that the airline defrauded customers by not disclosing that WiFi and DIRECTV services were inoperable while the plane was traveling outside of the U.S. or above water. The ordeal began back in February when the traveler – who was flying from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Newark, NJ – paid the $7.99 fee to watch in-flight DirecTV during the four-hour trip. However, she claims the service only worked during the final 10 minutes of the flight. – Ashlee Kieler, The Consumerist

70Mbps Wi-Fi is coming to an airplane near you

Good news for those of you who enjoy streaming high-definition video at 40,000 feet — the Federal Communications Commission has approved new antennas from Gogo that can provide download speeds of up to 70Mbps (the current average for households in the U.S. is 11.4Mbps). As the technology is optimized further, Gogo says speeds of 100Mbps should be possible from the same hardware setup. […] Don’t expect it on your next flight, though: Gogo is planning to roll out the tech to 1,000 aircraft in the second half of 2015. If all goes well, then they’ll be deployed more widely after that. 9.8Mbps is the top speed of the Gogo equipment currently installed in some aircraft, though it’s not the only company working on bringing Wi-Fi to the skies. AT&T decided to get out of the market in November. – David Nield, Digital Trends
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Streaming In The Sky

Most have their foot in the door of the nascent in-flight streaming market. Some of the biggest players include GoGo, an Itaska, Ill.-based company which leads the in-flight connectivity market with over 2,000 planes installed; Global Eagle, which counts media veterans Jeff Sagansky and Harry Sloan as major investors; and ViaSat, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based company which provides high-speed Internet connectivity via Ka-band satellite to JetBlue’s fleet as well as some United planes. – Glen Dickson, Multichannel News  
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United: Wi-Fi, streaming video coming to regional jets

United Airlines says it will add Wi-Fi and streaming in-flight entertainment to more than 200 of the bigger regional jets flown that fly for the company’s United Express affiliates. […] The in-flight entertainment options will debut later, coming online “early next year,” United says in a statement. The company says the specified United Express aircraft will get offerings that include “a wide range of movies and television shows.” Customers will be able to stream the options via Wi-Fi-enabled iOS and Android devices using United’s mobile app. Customers also will be able to view the offerings on their laptop computers. – Ben Mutzabaugh,USA TODAY  
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