Would You Watch A Streaming Movie On Your Phone During a Flight?

American, along with Aircell, is currently testing the new inflght video system on two Boeing 767-200 aircraft in transcontinental service. The airline plans to begin customer testing early this summer. The airline's goal is to roll out this product on Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft starting this fall pending FAA certifications.

American Airlines is the first North American airline to take hold of streaming entertainment. After take off, you can switch on your mobile device and pick a movie or television show to watch.

The North American airlines started testing the new inflight streaming video product from Aircell. The service will offer customers an inflight entertainment option. With that, customers will be able to wirelessly stream content such as movies and TV shows from an inflight library to their personal Wi-Fi-enabled devices during flight.

American, along with Aircell, is currently testing the new inflght video system on two Boeing 767-200 aircraft in transcontinental service. The airline plans to begin customer testing early this summer. The airline’s goal is to roll out this product on Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft starting this fall pending FAA certifications.

“Once again, American leads the industry in providing innovative options to keep customers connected, productive and entertained. American was the first North American airline to launch inflight Wi-Fi, and today we again set a new industry standard as the first domestic airline to test inflight streaming video content,” said Rob Friedman, American’s Vice President – Marketing. “We know our customers want to be connected on the ground and in the sky, so we are working hard to stay on the leading edge of connectivity through technology enhancements like this.”

I’d say this is leading edge because I will certainly use the product on my flights. However, I am curious about the price because most perks on airlines tend to be a little pricey unless it’s a bag of nuts. It might be cheaper to bring a DVD player with a couple of your favorite movies or television shows. According to American, pricing for the new streaming video offering will be determined closer to launch and at the completion of customer testing.

The streaming video offering is American’s latest enhancement in a series of investments in mobile technology. It will be interesting to see how the service pans out after its official launch.