We love Netflix, but one problem has always been that Netflix doesn’t work when you’re on a plane. Starting this month however, things will be different. The service’s entire catalog will be available for Virgin America flights on new Airbus A320 airplanes. That should make your flight more enjoyable.
Virgin has claimed that its new ViaSat-powered WiFi is strong enough to stream video, and letting Netflix stream on it will prove that claim.
Amazon Prime has just started letting customers store movies and TV shows so they can watch them offline anywhere. So the streaming game is changing for the better for watchers. Netflix has resisted an offline option so far, and Global Head of Business Development Bill Holmes explains that it’s all about delivering service that “takes advantage of the expansion of WiFi.”
The upgraded system will be rolling out to about one aircraft a month through June of 2016, and it will be available for free until March 2nd. If you don’t have a Netflix account, you can always sign up for a free trial, or just watch episodes from a few favorites like House of Cards or Orange is the New Black on the new Android-based entertainment systems. I imagine this will roll out to other airlines after a while.