PHOTO: Qantas is bringing Netflix to the sky. (Photo via Flickr/ eosdude)
Forget about packing a book for your next trip down under, because Qantas Airlines is offering free Netflix and Spotify on its domestic flights by the end of February.
The Independent reports the airline joined forces with not only the first name that comes to mind when you think of streaming video but also the brand you probably use when streaming music.
If that weren’t enough, Qantas is also infusing flights with Foxtel, which Australians know as a TV app.
According to the report, the service offered on the flights isn’t exactly free. You will need to sign up for the services, which each have a 30-day free trial period.
It would be even more amazing if Netflix and Spotify were offered on flights regardless whether the person in the seat were a patron of either or if they wanted to sign up for at least 30 days.
Still, this makes it infinitely easier to fill the time between stops with hours of “Friends.” Or now you can finish “Orange Is The New Black” even though you told your significant other that you would totally wait for them to watch the rest.
Because, clearly, Qantas is trying to win the award for most generous airline in the world, it’s also planning on offering Internet service that will be “ten times faster than existing in-flight Wi-Fi”
This is all fine and dandy for passengers flying around Australia, but International travelers will have to hope Qantas makes good on the promise that these options will also make their way onto flights out of the country.
Olivia Worth, Qantas group executive of marketing, explains on the exciting news: “We know that email, online shopping and general web browsing will be popular uses when we switch on Wi-Fi. But what a lot of people relish about flying is being able to catch up on their favorite TV shows or watch movies they didn’t get to see at the cinema.”
It’s an amazing time to fly as it’s never been easier to fill the void between gates with unbelievable entertainment.
Qantas has just thrown down the gauntlet, offering what might be the apex of binge opportunity.