30 APRIL 2018
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Improved entertainment options for passengers via an expanded personal device option available on all aircraft with DIRECTV live streaming have been introduced by United Airlines after a three-month installation programme.
The development provides passengers with at least one free entertainment option on all wi-fi equipped aircraft, which on United means any aircraft with more than 70 seats.
Between February and April, the airline installed personal device entertainment on more than 200 aircraft that previously offered only DIRECTV. Passengers can now use personal laptops, Apple iOS or Android devices to access free films and TV shows, as well as having the opportunity to buy DIRECTV for live programming.
United is also developing its commitment to improving entertainment options for customers with disabilities, with a new main menu category called Accessible Entertainment on seatback on-demand.
United says the new section makes it easier for those with hearing and vision difficulties to find accessible entertainment options, grouping all the titles that are either audio-descriptive or closed-captioned in one main menu category.
Seatback on-demand is one of United’s entertainment options available on Boeing B757, B767, B777 and B787 aircraft, offering 20 different movies and TV shows that are audio-descriptive and more than 50 that include English closed-captioning.
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