DirecTV is now offering Delta fliers the option to watch a selection of domestic live TV channels during their flight, and without the need for any additional devices.
There have been a number of partnership announcements between airlines and streaming services over the past few years. DirecTV, for example, recently announced a similar agreement with Southwest Airlines.
As part of its latest airline agreement, DirecTV has teamed up with Delta Air Lines and Viasat to provide access to a domestic 18-channel TV lineup on select Boeing 767-400 aircraft flying select long-haul domestic routes. What’s more, the channel lineup is directly available throught the IFE system on these flights, removing the need for any additional devices.
The 18-channel lineup includes ABC, Bravo, CBS, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, Golf, FOX, HGTV, FOX News, MSNBC, NBC, NFL Network, TBS, Telemundo, TNT, and USA.
According to DirecTV, this is the first time a U.S.-based airline has integrated live TV into seatback screens onboard its widebody planes.
“We are thrilled to not only bring our world-class, live TV offering to Delta Air Lines, but to make history with the airline by being the first to offer this type of in-flight entertainment,” said Doug Eichler, Senior Vice President, DIRECTV Business Solutions. “As an industry disruptor for nearly 30 years, DIRECTV for Business is proud to take the Delta in-flight experience to the next level, allowing us to reach their customers in a very meaningful way – one that greatly enhances the passenger experience.”
Those that have traveled on a Delta flight recently may have noticed the availability of content from other streaming services. Since 2020, the airline has forged partnerships with both Disney+ and Paramount+, making it possible to stream content from these services and take advantage of member-only promotions.