Have you seen other people watch TV or movies on an airplane and always wish you could do it too but you didn’t want to pay for it? Well, Southwest Airlines now offers Free Live TV – yes that’s LIVE TV – through their partnership with DISH network.
On our recent trip to Nevada, I learned about this new feature from the flight attendants. You need a smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer to be able to use it – basically, anything with a browser.
Once you are 10,000 feet in the air the flight attendant will tell you it is safe to use your mobile devices. Go to the Settings section of your device and enable WiFi. From there you will see the Southwest WiFi network come up – select it. On a laptop you will need to go into your Network connections. Now, switch to your browser and the Southwest network page should appear. If you already had the browser up with a page showing from a previous session, just refresh the page.
From there just click or tap the Menu at the far right and you will see a variety of things, including TV. You aren’t going to get every channel available through DISH network but a lot of the popular channels like FOX, NBC, Discovery Channel, HGTV, Bravo, The Food Network, and Animal Planet were available. You can watch live news, live cooking and even live news. It’s pretty amazing to think that you are 30,000 feet in the air with 2 hours to go on your flight and you’re watching live TV. Back “in my day” this was only a pipe dream and to think that these days we are living the dream everyday.
Not only can you watch Free Live TV on Southwest airplanes, you can play free select games, watch movies for $5.00 each and get Internet access for $8.00 for the entire length of your flight. Another interesting I liked to do on this long trip was to track my flight. On the same browser pay you will see an interactive flight map that updates every 30 seconds. You can zoom in to see more detail. Altitude, heading and flying speed are also shown. I found this useful because when you are on an airplane time seems to stand still. This helps to keep you updated on the flight’s path and plan.