Inflight streaming: Qantas hooks up with Netflix, Spotify, Foxtel

Inflight streaming: Qantas hooks up with Netflix, Spotify, Foxtel

Qantas will offer free live streams from Netflix, Spotify and Foxtel on its new inflight Internet service which is expected to launch later this month.

Passengers on the single Boeing 737-800 that's been kitted out to trial sky-high WiFi will use their own tablets or smartphones to tap into content from Qantas' three new partners.

Netflix and Spotify will tempt Qantas passengers to sign up with the promise of their usual free 30-day trials, while Foxtel will offer three days of free streaming via its app following each flight.

A live feed of Sky News Australia will also be available.

In addition to streaming content the Qantas inflight feed will also deliver flight path information and hotel, restaurant and transport options at the destination.

"We know that email, online shopping, and general Web browsing will be popular uses when we switch on WiFi" predicts Qantas group executive Olivia Wirth, "but what a lot of people relish about flying is being able to catch up on their favourite TV shows or watch movies they didn’t get to see at the cinema."

Qantas says the satellite-based connection will be fast enough to provide broadband speeds to every device on board the Boeing 737, which will be most often seen on popular routes between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

An Airbus A330 will join the trial mid-year to assess usage and demand on east-west routes, with the rest of the domestic Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 fleet expected to be kitted out by the second half of 2018. International routes will be trialled after the domestic rollout.

Read more: Qantas to offer free (and fast) inflight Internet from February

 

21 Comments

  • Tavis Callaghan

    Theresnormissin

    14 Feb, 2017 11:26 pm

    Whilst I recognise that having access to internet will be a boon to those who require an Internet to connection to do their work and access/sync files through a vpn etc, I do enjoy being forced offline for a few hours whilst in the sky. 
    I definitely remain unconvinced of foxtel's product and price point (three whole days free, gee thanks guys!) and in general I hope that these partnerships don't further erode Qantas's entertainment offering which I feel has been flagging of late.
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  • Jake Williams

    jakewilliamsjrw

    15 Feb, 2017 12:23 am

    Three day trail over a weekend with all the sport on I see that as a great deal if your away from home or something, watch your team when your not home.
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  • fftraveltimes

    fftraveltimes

    15 Feb, 2017 09:12 am

    I agree QF's ipad entertainment has been eroding of late. They don't seem to update the content monthly like the screened/ beack of seat entertainment. Some ipad entertainment seems to sit there for months. :(
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  • chanvw

    chanvw

    15 Feb, 2017 07:06 am

    "Netflix and Spotify will tempt Qantas passengers to sign up with the promise of a free 30-day trial, while Foxtel will offer three days of free streaming."

    I thought Netflix and Spotify already offer *anybody* a 30-day trial, not just Qantas passengers. Also, Foxtel offers a 14-day trial of its Foxtel Play streaming product (with all channels and content on the Play system available to stream during the trial) to anyone already... so unless they're planning to shaft people signing up via Qantas, is this another type of Foxtel streaming?
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  • Alex

    tm_smile

    15 Feb, 2017 08:44 am

    The Netflix and Spotify trials are the same as those available to anyone, however reading the Qantas press release, the Foxtel streaming won't require any subscription so you'd get the 3 days every time you board a QF flight.

    "Foxtel will offer three days free access to its Foxtel app every time a customer flies, allowing customers to stream live sports, news and TV shows as well as its full range of on-demand content. No sign-up to a subscription is required."
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  • Tavis Callaghan

    Theresnormissin

    15 Feb, 2017 10:56 am

    Fair enough, happy to stand corrected on the foxtel details and the 3 day free access as detailed in the press release seems to be a better offering than I initially gave it credit. As you can see I'm slightly biased against the foxtel product (The extensive range of 'reality' shows and american sitcoms they offer aren't my cup of tea, and once they lost the english premier league rights well... that was my subscription canceled) I'm assuming that Qantas has done their homework and this suggests that I'm probably the exception regarding what people are after for on-board entertainment. 

    Out of interest, how are the programs for each month 'loaded' on to the onboard entertainment systems at the moment? I just assumed with the newer systems such as those on the A330's it would be across a network connection so could/should be updated much more often.

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  • UpUpAndAway

    UpUpAndAway

    15 Feb, 2017 07:19 am

    I wonder if they will nominate a quite zone on the plane for those who don't want to hear Skype calls etc?
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  • Steve987

    Steve987

    15 Feb, 2017 08:46 am

    Hopefully that quiet zone is being strapped to the wings...
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  • Steve987

    Steve987

    15 Feb, 2017 08:47 am

    For the speakers, not those wanting quiet obviously!!!!
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  • GregXL

    GregXL

    15 Feb, 2017 12:03 pm

    Would expect QF to block unwanted sites like Skype, maybe VA as well ! 
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  • henrus

    henrus

    15 Feb, 2017 11:09 am

    So even if your not on a Wifi 737 you get a 3 day foxtel pass? Is it kind of like the pressreader deal or only if you travel on a wifi enabled flight.
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  • Martin Haynes

    Martin Haynes

    15 Feb, 2017 03:35 pm

    No, only if you are on the Boeing 737-800 with the 'Qantas WiFi' service.
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  • gumshoe

    gumshoe

    15 Feb, 2017 11:58 am

    Gee it will really be great listening to all those tablet hook ups, what a great idea NOT. Oh' and don't forget the talking heads singing their poetry with volume up, I mean I just can't wait. I guess the attendants wont have time to serve meals and drinks as they'll be to busy answering call buttons.
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  • Martin Haynes

    Martin Haynes

    15 Feb, 2017 03:37 pm

    Can't wait to try this next month, I regularly fly SYD-MEL for work so I hope I can fluke one of the Qantas WiFi flights just to check it out. Can't see much actual need for it on that short flight but for SYD-PER for example, bring it on!
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  • Michael Gibbons

    rowwdy

    15 Feb, 2017 05:40 pm

    Hopefully vpn access will be allowed. 
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  • Serg

    Serg

    16 Feb, 2017 12:53 pm

    VPN is double-edge sword. Yes many (me included) need VPN to be able to work. However if they like to restrict bandwidth by blocking certain services like Skype for example it will have no effect with VPN - I will be able to connect to VPN and use such services. So my best guest that they <eventually> block VPN.
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  • moa999

    moa999

    15 Feb, 2017 06:03 pm

    Was some technical info in an ITNews article last week which claimed the trial aircraft would be capped to 20Mbps per aircraft -- which might make streaming tough.

    Also of note that this was initially announced by Qantas on Feb 23 2016, so almost a full year
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  • GregXL

    GregXL

    15 Feb, 2017 07:08 pm

    Copied from a post on the QF Facebook page : "Cathy Pacific are killing it with there wifi (although not free). I did a 20 mins uninterrupted FaceTime call from my seat back to my wife and kids a few weeks back."   One wonders if the adjacent passengers found it as exciting.
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  • Steve987

    Steve987

    15 Feb, 2017 07:20 pm

    One guess would be enough Greg!
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  • Serg

    Serg

    16 Feb, 2017 12:57 pm

    I am curious about other way around - can I stream my own content from my device to EFI screen? Or I bound to watch it on my own device? Also ability to hook your laptop to EFI screen would be awesome - then get smaller Bluetooth keyboard/mouse combo, toss your laptop somewhere and you can work like a King!
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  • Jono

    Jono

    21 Feb, 2017 03:41 pm

    So basically Netflix and Spotify will get the credit cards of all Qantas flyers who aren't already subscribers? (As you need to enter that info to get the free 30 day trial).

    I'm not saying it's not a cool partnership, it just looks like Netflix and Spotify struck gold as far as acquiring customers goes, cause they know that most people won't remember to take their credit card details off their account.
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