Netflix wants to binge more shows on your next flight

Netflix's impressive mobile encoding technology offered to airlines for better in-flight Wi-Fi.

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After countless Australia-US trips in the last few years, there's nothing better than the thought of improved Wi-Fi on flights. This is something that Netflix is helping airlines with, to improve on-board Wi-Fi.

Netflix wants to binge more shows on your next flight |

Netflix is offering their encoding technology that they developed for mobile devices, with airlines across the world in the hopes of building new partnerships. What benefit would there be to the airlines, exactly? Netflix says that streaming high quality video during a flight would reduce airlines' bandwidth-related costs by up to 75%... impressive.

Whichever airlines partner with Netflix would benefit by providing customers with a greatly improved in-flight media experience, especially if they can provide much faster in-flight Wi-Fi for constant connectivity to mobile devices.

The deal works in many ways as it also provides Netflix with another customer base (airlines), and an extended customer base with future Netflix bundles for frequent flyers, as well as getting its encoding technology into a completely different market. Investors would also love this news, as Netflix can only benefit from a deal like this going on.

The thing is, Netflix has done this before, back in 2015 signing with Virgin America for free Wi-Fi on certain flights. Netflix already has plans with Australian airlines Qantas and Virgin Australia, as well as Aeromexico.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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