Qantas adds free Netflix, Foxtel and Spotify to domestic flights

Alex Kidman 15 February 2017

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Inflight entertainment has improved massively in recent years, as any reasonably seasoned flyer would be able to tell you. Long gone are the days of a single projector screen sitting at the front of economy, offering a carefully-edited single film to watch during flights.

Today’s flyers on premium airlines, even in economy, expect either in-seat entertainment or the ability to hook into a library of titles via tablets. It’s still entirely possible to fly with no provided entertainment, but it’s very much the province of budget airlines.

Qantas already offers a wealth of inflight entertainment options, but it has today announced that by mid-2017, your choices will massively expand. Specifically, as part of its rollout of inflight Wi-Fi on domestic flights, customers travelling with Qantas will be able to access the content libraries of Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel Now while they fly. The first planes to bring the service to consumers will take off later this month, with the service rolling out to the rest of Qantas’ domestic fleet by mid-2017.

As inflight Wi-Fi will be provided as part of the ticket price, there’s no additional charge for data usage with these apps.

For Netflix and Spotify customers, you’ll either need to log into your existing subscription, or if you don’t have a subscription sign up for their standard 30 day trial. Foxtel will offer 3 free days of access to live channels as well as on-demand content every time you fly with Qantas without requiring an ongoing subscription.

In terms of Wi-Fi service, Qantas will be using nbn’s SkyMuster satellites to provide the service, scooping up idle data capacity while you fly. It’s still going to be a shared Wi-Fi pool to work from, so don’t expect to be able to hit any of Netflix’s 4K content. Indeed, if you are a Netflix subscriber it may be wise to load up on offline playback compatible titles before you fly in any case.

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