United boosts streaming IFE offerings

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August 15, 2015 – United Airlines is expanding its “United Private Screening” in-flight entertainment with the launch of free personal device-based entertainment on its two-class United Express regional jets; expanded HBO programming; and exclusively curated content from Vevo, the all-premium music video and entertainment platform.

United has begun rolling out personal device entertainment on its fleet of more than 120 wi-fi-equipped E170, E175 and CRJ700 regional jets, with more than half of these aircraft now offering free streaming entertainment. The airline plans to offer the service on all wi-fi-equipped regional jets by the end of August.

The launch of personal device entertainment on regional jets follows United’s introduction this year of an all-new premium-cabin experience on United Express, featuring freshly prepared meals served on chinaware on regional jet flights of at least 800 miles.

Expanded HBO content

Additionally, the airline has expanded HBO content on aircraft that offer personal device entertainment as well as on those with seatback on-demand entertainment. Available HBO entertainment includes full seasons of popular television shows such as Entourage, Game of Thrones and True Detective.

United has also joined with Vevo to offer hundreds of music videos and concert performances for customers to view at no charge on United aircraft offering personal device entertainment. Vevo content is also available through seatback on-demand entertainment.

Tribeca Film Festival

Meanwhile, United is in its second year as the official airline of the Tribeca Film Festival. Flights with live television, seatback on-demand entertainment and personal device entertainment offer unique in-flight content curated by Tribeca, including independent feature narratives and documentaries as well as short films.

Tablet rentals

This summer, United also launched a pilot program offering tablets for rent on Boeing 777 flights between the continental USA and Honolulu and between Honolulu and Guam. The 8.4in tablets contain stored entertainment, including television shows, movies and games.

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