Delta adding pay-to-download shows on certain flights

  • Article by: WENDY LEE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 5, 2012 - 9:23 AM

The expansion into digital entertainment offers more TV and movie options for passengers, and new revenue for the carrier.

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pitythefoolsMar. 4, 12 8:42 PM

I carry DVD's when I fly to watch, with headphones. Sometimes it's creepy. Does the little old lady next to me object to the semi-nude scene in the R-rated move I'm watching? Does the rabid conservative object to my watching John Stewart? Unless everyone watches sesame street I think this is going to be as popular as the phones they used to provide that had too poor a signal to get email, but cost too much to hold a meaningful conversation.

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jeffthomsonMar. 4, 1210:16 PM

As I found out on a recent flight, it also provides a great opportunity for commercials during the first 5 minutes of the flight. They have your attention and you can't ignore it. Absurdity. Next they will charge you to turn off the video so you don't have to watch the commercials.

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theshadoughMar. 4, 1211:01 PM

Absolutely one of the worst airlines to fly. Old, dirty planes with cramped seats and lousy service. After flying a few other airlines I now wish we had some real competition to this over-priced poor excuse of an airline. And anyone who wants to suggest NWA is any better never flew on that airline.

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orr333Mar. 4, 1211:29 PM

I hope they beef up their regular GOGO service. With more and more business and leisure travelers carrying ipads and computers, the GOGO system is getting to be a complete dog. It used to be much faster than it is at least on my usual MSP-FLL route. Any slower and I will stop paying the $35 a month for it.

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ephesisMar. 5, 1212:00 AM

Emirates Airlines offers this and much much more to its coach class passengers for free; movies, games, radio, internet, hot snacks, freshly squeezed juice, ample leg room........ traveling from India to MSP and switching from an Emirates flight to Continental in Texas made us feel like we were on a prison flight! Heh.

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binkiemaeMar. 5, 12 1:30 AM

What Delta doesn't understand is that for 95% of the flying public, the only thing that matters is getting from Point A to Point B safely for the least cost. And on that count they are losing. All the fru-fru is irrelevant.

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hobie2Mar. 5, 12 1:48 AM

If they didn't charge between double and half again as much as other carriers out of Mpls on the routes that I fly, this might be important. With their little "Delta seats", their tired worn look, and their trying-hard-to-smile employees, this bean-counter-run airline is TWA and Eastern part deuxe, and in 10-15 years will be where they are.... From a business traveler with easily a million plus miles -- they are no NWA - and that airline was tolerable.... The old rule of mergers really held true on this one - the poorer performing partner has to buy the better one or be driven under - and the better one doesn't need to buy the poorer one because it is taking the poorer one's business anyway and doesn't need its problems or its attitudes.

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billy46Mar. 5, 12 4:01 AM

Who cares? Delta still SUCKS !

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jessy03Mar. 5, 12 4:12 AM

I hope the download process is efficient - I've tried to watch streamable hour-long shows and just gave up part way through because the signal kept cutting out and freezing.

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qualtroughMar. 5, 12 5:07 AM

Why do/can trans-pacific carriers offer loads of movies, TV shows, CDs, etc. for free even in economy seats? I am talking hundreds of choices even in economy on Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, etc. I won't mention the free drinks and great food, etc., but how can they do it and make a profit and US carriers have to charge for bags, movies, food, etc.??

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