Delta to Launch Live TV on Some Widebody Domestic Flights

By Kevin Eck 

Together with Delta Air Lines and Viasat, DIRECTV has announced the launch of a domestic 18-channel TV lineup on select Boeing 767-400 aircraft flying select long-haul domestic routes. This domestic LiveTV offering marks the first time a U.S.-based airline has integrated LiveTV into seatback screens onboard its widebody planes.

DIRECTV’s satellite TV entertainment solution will now be available to millions of passengers flying select long-haul domestic routes. This is interesting for locals because a Delta spokesperson told TVSpy the airline will use the New York feeds for its broadcast, likely meaning the New York local stations will be airing on the flights.

Channels include: ABC, Bravo, CBS, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, GOLF, FOX, HGTV, FOX News, HGTV, MSNBC, NBC, NFL Network, TBS, Telemundo, TNT, and USA. The world-class live TV offering is available on Delta’s seatback screens over the Viasat satellite network.


“We are thrilled to not only bring our world-class, live TV offering to Delta Air Lines, but to make history with the airline by being the first to offer this type of in-flight entertainment,” said Doug Eichler, senior vice president, DIRECTV Business Solutions. “As an industry disruptor for nearly 30 years, DIRECTV for Business is proud to take the Delta in-flight experience to the next level, allowing us to reach their customers in a very meaningful way – one that greatly enhances the passenger experience.”

“Live TV is a critical part of the connected living room experience we aim to offer on Delta no matter the customer’s destination,” said Ekrem Dimbiloglu, managing director of In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity at Delta Air Lines. “We see the aircraft as the ultimate platform for entertainment and discovery, and this milestone brings us ever closer to ensuring that vision is reality on as many routes as possible.”