American Airlines partners to add free streaming of Apple TV+ content

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What you need to know

  • American Airlines has announced a new partnership with Apple.
  • Select Apple TV+ content will stream for free on flights.
  • Flyers just need to download the app or watch through the browser on their device.

American Airlines has expanded its relationship with Apple to now offer free inflight streaming of select Apple TV+ content.

Reported by The Points Guy, the new streaming is available to all flyers, regardless of if you have an Apple TV+ subscription or have purchased inflight Wi-Fi. Note that fewer planes are equipped with screens built into the seat, so you should prepare by bringing your own device like an iPhone or iPad to stream to.

This new streaming option is available to every flyer with a Wi-Fi capable device on flights that feature internet access. However, you don't need to pay for internet in order to stream — you'll just need the AA app on your phone or tablet or visit on your laptop. Plus, if your flight is equipped with seat-back entertainment, you'll find a selection of Apple Originals preloaded on the screen. Just note that fewer and fewer AA planes have TVs, so you'll definitely want to BYOD (bring your own device.) Fortunately, most jets have power outlets and/or USB ports, and the carrier is working to install even more outlets on other planes.

This isn't the first content partnership that Apple has with American Airlines. The two companies have been offering free streaming for Apple Music subscribers since last year.

In Feb. 2019, the two companies joined forces to offer free inflight Apple Music streaming. This service is limited to AA's ViaSat-equipped domestic flights and requires an Apple Music subscription. But it offers free Wi-Fi access to Apple Music streaming without purchasing an internet package.

The content that is currently streaming for free is below:

  • The Morning Show
  • Defending Jacob
  • Dickinson
  • For All Mankind
  • Ghostwriter
  • Helpsters
  • Home Before Dark
  • Little America
  • Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet
  • Oprah's Book Club
  • Snoopy in Space

According to the report, American Airlines will continue to shuffle the content available from Apple TV+ as the streaming service releases new original series and films.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.