Last updated: 07:00 PM ET, Tue September 29 2015

You Can Now Binge Watch Netflix on Virgin America For Free

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | September 29, 2015

You Can Now Binge Watch Netflix on Virgin America For Free

Photo via Virgin America

The problem with airline travel, aside from the increasingly rare occurrence of legroom, is the fact that you have to leave your binge-watching couch. Netflix and Virgin America are here to solve that problem.

The airline and online streaming service have teamed up to let passengers devour all that Netflix has to offer while flying on select planes in Virgin America’s fleet.

What’s more, the airline is celebrating that fact by unveiling an airplane especially adorned with a “House of Cards” livery.

Via a press release, passengers get far more entertainment options in the sky starting Tuesday: “Netflix users onboard Virgin America's new ViaSat Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft will be able to stream the best programming available in the skies, including the hit series ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Orange Is The New Black,’ to their phones, tablets, and laptops at no cost through March 2, 2016.”

There is no word as of yet as to the pricing that will ensue after March 2. For the moment, however, you can finally catch up on shows like those listed above or other fare such as "The Walking Dead” and “Gotham.” Or you can always re-watch your favorite episodes of “The X-Files” ahead of the show’s revival.

The point is that you can pepper your getaway with the best part of being at home: Stuffing your brain with endless hours of delicious pop culture entertainment.

Bill Holmes, who serves as Netflix's global head of business development, spoke to a growing opportunity for passengers to gobble up content: “As Wi-Fi becomes more ubiquitous, it's going to be increasingly possible for members to enjoy Netflix wherever they want. We're delighted to partner with Virgin America to extend the joy of Netflix to our members at 35,000 feet.”

Abby Lunardini, Virgin America vice president of brand marketing and communications, offered some thoughts on the joint venture, via a press release: “Netflix and Virgin America are both known for their focus on innovation and for shaking up their respective industries – so we're thrilled to team up to bring the best in technology and entertainment to the skies. These latest generation investments in our Wi-Fi and entertainment platforms allow us to provide the largest breadth of streamed content ever available at 35,000 feet – along with entire seasons of some Netflix favorites via the Red platform.”

For the moment, the service is available on the airline’s ViaSat Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft. Those who are aboard an aircraft with Red in-flight entertainment will also get to binge watch various series, including “House of Cards” via the seatback screen. And if you don't currently subscribe to Netflix, you can access the content via a free 30-day trial.

For those who are merely four seasons into “30 Rock,” it’s OK to finally come out of the house and enjoy a little vacation. There is an airline that absolutely gets you.


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