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American Airlines switches on Bravo and other live TV on flights

American Airlines switches on Bravo and other live TV on flights

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You can't escape them, not even in mid-air. Photo courtesy of Bravo

Travelers on American Airlines have a new amenity, which may or may not be a good thing: the opportunity to watch Real Housewives as they air. There is no escape.

According to a release, the Texas-based airline has activated free live TV on its first 100 domestic aircraft, and plans to extend live TV and high-speed internet across its long-term mainline narrowbody fleet of more than 700 aircraft during 2019.

American is already the only U.S. airline with live TV on international flights; its international fleet offers five sports and news channels including CNNi, BBC, and Sport24.

Flyers on domestic flights will get 12 live TV channels powered by DISH:

  • Bravo
  • CBS
  • CNBC
  • CNN
  • Disney Channel
  • ESPN
  • FOX
  • NBC
  • NFL Network
  • Telemundo
  • TNT
  • USA

All channels stream directly to customers' laptops, phones, or tablets free of charge. Live TV is easy to use and available from gate to gate – customers can choose it from American's lineup of free entertainment that includes hundreds of movies and on-demand television shows.

American Airlines VP Kurt Stache says in a statement that it's part of an entire connectivity package.

"Our customers have told us they want a living room experience in the air — the ability to watch free entertainment, stream their favorite shows on-demand, charge their phones, and stay connected from start to finish during their travels,” Stache says. "Free live TV on our mainline domestic fleet is the latest step in making that a reality, and it complements the live TV we offer on all of our international widebody flights today."

Free live TV is now available on more than 100 aircraft equipped with Gogo 2Ku high-speed Wi-Fi including all 48 Airbus A320s, which are receiving in-seat power during 2019. It is also available on more than 60 A319s, which have power outlets in every row.

The airline will add free live TV to aircraft equipped with Viasat high-speed Wi-Fi, bringing both of these features to American’s long-term mainline narrowbody fleet during 2019. American has high-speed Wi-Fi on 240 aircraft including all A321T three-class transcontinental aircraft.