American Airlines rolled out live TV three years ago but it was cut at the start of the pandemic. They explained it away as there being no live sports on offer, but of course channels included news and entertainment too.
Starting tomorrow live TV is back on domestic narrowbody aircraft. The channels they’re supporting are:
- Sports: NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN2
- Network: Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC
- News: Fox News, CNBC, CNN
- Cable entertainment: TNT, USA
When live TV first rolled out they had Disney and Telemundo, but fewer channels overall (and no Fox News).
The airline is promoting the restored offering with a social media video where they’ve “drafted a professional football legend…to help bring life to an inflight entertainment brainstorm.” It’s rather odd, with airline President Robert Isom the only employee not wearing mask and the team members assembled devoid of ideas of their own.
Nonetheless a big improvement to see live TV back on domestic aircraft, albeit in most cases just streamed to your own device.