United Airlines delivers inflight movies and TV to iPhones, iPads, iPod touch; Android, other also-rans not supported

United Airlines has made the following announcement on their “United Hub” website:

Starting this April, we’re rolling out our new personal device entertainment system onboard select aircraft. With this new service, sponsored by the MileagePlus® Explorer Card, you can choose from over 150 movies and nearly 200 TV shows and watch them free of charge on your personal device.

Most planes will be equipped with the new system very soon, and we’ll have it installed on most domestic aircraft by the end of 2014. We’ll begin on Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 747-400 and select 777-200 aircraft, followed by additional fleets. In the end, all United-operated flights will have some form of entertainment.

Remember that 48 hours before your flight you can check the amenities you’ll have onboard at united.com or on the United app. (Please note that the amenities are subject to change up until the time of departure.)

How it works

Here’s all you need to do before you board to make your inflight viewing as seamless as possible:

1. Download the latest United app from the iTunes® App Store if you’ll be using a mobile device. Laptops do not require the app. (Android™ and other mobile devices are not fully supported at this time.)
2. Charge your device fully.

Once you’re onboard, you’ll see two types of media. Some programs require a browser plug-in on your laptop or the latest United App on your Apple® iOS. This can be downloaded at any time during your flight without purchase of United Wi-Fi. Other programs can be watched through the United Portal on your browser with no plug-in or app required.

Just click on what you’d like to watch. You can start, stop, rewind, pause and switch your movie or TV show anytime. It’s that simple.

Source: United Airlines, Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: To those who might have stumbled here after settling for a pretend iPhone, iPad or iPod touch: Enjoy your flights!

Oh, never mind, we just remembered that you cheapskates only travel by bus (or by hopping freight trains).

Apple rules the skies with 84% in-flight share vs. Android’s 16%.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jeff B.” for the heads up.]

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  1. At least United are playing it smart, unlike the dumb motherfsckers over at Delta who are equipping their pilots with MS Surface tablets – only good if you want to pilot your plane straight into the ground.

    Terrain warning! Terrain warning! BSOD imminent! Crash! Thank you for flying Delta!

  2. Imagine if a rogue Android app decided to short circuit the lithium ion cell while at cruising altitude or maybe a gang of terrorists simultaneously setting fire to their galaxy tabs using their own custom built suicide apps.

    Android simply isn’t cut out for any kind of serious use. I’d go even further – any platform with a 99% malware target rate should automatically be banned for use in any vehicle.

  3. That’s be nice. Since most airlines ignore you the whole flight it gives you something to watch. And admittedly the airline apps I’ve used (Delta and United) are very handy. No one who flies should be without.

    I’ve used it to snag better seating 5 minutes before I’ve boarded sitting in the waiting area. And boarding passes on Passbook are genius.

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