The future of flying is streaming—Amazon Prime and JetBlue announced a collaboration today that will allow you access to the streaming platform's library of movies and TV shows (including their original series, like Transparent). So burn that book you were going to read on your next flight!
According to a press release from Amazon:
"Through JetBlue’s free high-speed Fly-Fi broadband internet, Amazon Prime members will be able to instantly access tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes at no additional cost to their membership, including exclusive Amazon Original Series content such as Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle and Bosch. Additionally, all JetBlue customers will be able to rent or purchase hundreds of thousands of titles in the Amazon Instant Video store, including new release movies and day-after TV programming."
You will be able watch the Amazon Instant Video offerings on their laptops, iPhones, iPads, Android phones, and tablets via streaming. Michael Paull, Amazon's VP of Digital Video, notes that this means you won't "need to rush to download one more episode or movie before taking off, we’re helping make airline travel more enjoyable.” As long as you're a member of Amazon Prime, that is (which costs around $99 annually).
An Amazon Prime spokespersons says Fly-Fi is currently in beta, but they expect the service to be available later this year on all JetBlue’s Airbus A321 and A320 aircraft, and on JetBlue’s Embraer 190 aircraft in 2016.