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Last year, the main news surrounding in-flight entertainment for the Apple faithful focused on the practice of handing out iPads for travelers, but now United Airlines has some good news for everyone who displays the Apple logo on the backs of their devices. Come April, if you own an iPhone or iPad, you can start streaming a large selection of movies and TV shows on your devices during flights free of charge.
It's a generous offer. The large collection in question grants you access to 150 movies and around 200 TV shows via the flight's Wi-Fi. You'll need to download United's dedicated app from the iTunes store to participate, but after that you can access the selection at any point on your United flight. You're not married to the movies or TV shows you choose, either; apparently you can change to other channels as you wish.
"Most planes will be equipped with the new system very soon, and we’ll have it installed on most domestic aircraft by the end of 2014," United says (via Patently Apple). "We'll begin on Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 747-400 and select 777-200 aircraft, followed by additional fleets. In the end, all United-operated flights will have some form of entertainment."
For now, at least on smart devices, this appears to be an Apple exclusive as the offer doesn't support Android for the time being. (Android support, however, should appear sometime in the future.) If you don't have an Apple device, however, you can also access the service on any laptop via a browser plug-in.
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