Netflix is working to give you access to Wi-Fi on planes
Last year, the offline mode was quite a revolution on Netflix, to allow travellers to watch their favourite shows and movies even without Internet connection. Next year, the revolution could be even bigger: you may have access to Netflix thanks to free Wi-Fi provided by the platform, directly on planes.
Last year, the offline mode was a revolution on Netflix, to allow travellers to watch their favourite shows and movies even without connection. Next year, the revolution could be even bigger: you may have access to Netflix thanks to free Wi-Fi provided by the platform, directly on planes.
If you are the kind of person who bingewatches Netflix every week-end and every single time you have some minutes off, this news should make you happy: Netflix is expanding their Wi-Fi technology in order to partner with airlines and offer streaming Netflix on more airplane beginning in 2018, according to a report from Variety. Concretely, it means that you could be able to watch contents from the streaming platform on every airplane from next year, if everything goes according to their plan.
Of course, some of Netflix users are already doing it now, thanks to the offline mode that the service launched in November last year to allow viewers to download shows and movies to watch when they cannot enjoy some internet connection. To get offline downloads and see the entire collection of downloadable content, people have access to a special catalogue, “available for download”, from the Netflix menu from their mobile device. It’s sorted into the types of categories they are used to, based on other content they have watched in the past, and they can also identify offline-friendly content by a downward-arrow icon.
But what Netflix plans to work on in the next months is to offer free Wi-Fi to airlines, so that they use the free Wi-Fi for their passengers and those passengers will, then, use it to watch Netflix. This is not the first time that the platform works on such an innovation. A few months ago, Netflix already offered a similar service on Virgin America flights. It is now planning to expand that service to other airlines and more flights, even if no specific airline has been mentioned yet.
More precisely, it is reported that the company will be launching a new service called “Netflix Inflight 2.0” which will “provide better tools and info to airlines offering in-flight streaming media”. Also, Netflix says the new service should “improve buffering times and help reduce bandwidth, so that carriers can now support and promote certain in-flight services as a core part of [the airline’s] offering rather than sticking it on some kind of premium tier”. In the fact, it means that airlines could offer free or low-cost wi-fi for regular users to connect on their Netflix account or for new users to try the platform with some free trial.
Don’t expect full 1080p quality, however, as the website Gizmodo reports that “bandwidth will be limited to around 250 kbps, which is closer to a standard-definition DVD”. Well, it is still (much) better that what we have access to in planes at the moment, right?