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TV Flies Free Through 2014!

enjoy free Southwest Airlines and DISH® Network are excited to announce our partnership and the ‘TV Flies Free’ promotion will continue through 2014! Customers onboard our more than 440 Southwest WiFi-equipped aircraft will experience free live and on-demand TV, showcasing nearly 20 live TV channels and up to 75 on-demand shows on the Southwest Airlines Inflight Entertainment Portal. With the largest satellite-based WiFi fleet in the world, Southwest is charting new territory in the world of wireless Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity. No longer do Customers need to turn off and stow their smartphones, tablets, e-readers, or handheld computer games for takeoff or landing—as the only carrier offering Customers gate-to-gate connectivity on the majority of our fleet, Customers can use PEDs in “airplane mode” thanks to our Row 44 satellite WiFi. This means you can enjoy Free TV courtesy of DISH to keep you entertained throughout your flight. And remember, Customers do not need to purchase WiFi in order to access movies or TV. Click here for more information, and read more HERE. As part of the extension, DISH will continue offering new customers who sign up for the Hopper and a qualified programming package, 12,500 points in the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® program and the choice of a free iPad Mini. To access TV inflight, simply launch your internet browser using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop to access the inflight Entertainment Portal. Then, select “Watch TV” from the homepage, which will connect you to the live channels and on-demand options. Check out Spirit Magazine for a comprehensive list of compatible devices and instructions on how to connect. About the Rapid Rewards and iPad Mini Promotional Offer DISH’s promotion offers new subscribers 12,500 points in Southwest’s Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program and the choice of iPad Mini instead of first-year DISH programming discounts when signing up for the Hopper with Sling® Whole-Home HD DVR and a qualified programming package. New DISH customers will be able to take advantage of a comprehensive TV anywhere experience driven by the industry-leading Hopper entertainment platform. The offer requires activation of new qualifying DISH service with 24-month agreement and credit qualification. Monthly DVR and receiver fees apply. All prices, fees, packages, programming, features, functionality and offers subject to change without notice. To qualify, customers must select the Hopper system and minimum of America’s Top 120 package. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. This offer cannot be combined with promotional pricing. Offer not available in Puerto Rico or USVI. Activation fees may apply. Visit for more details. All Rapid Rewards Rules and Regulations apply. You must already be enrolled as a Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Member at time of activation with DISH. Please allow 8-10 weeks for Rapid Rewards Points to be deposited.
THANKS SWA!!! I became a Downton Abbey fan on a recent flight from ORF to SAN and can't wait to check out what's new when I fly from PHL to LAS in June. How do you decide what shows to make available to your passengers?
Wow. This is amazing news!!!! Can't wait to be on the next SWA flight. Flying in March from Detroit to LA! My only concern is what happens as the seats are never assigned, so you get a seat where the TV doesn't work and no other seats are available? Is this supposed to be a way to get customers to buy more tickets or just like an add-on sort of thing?
Hi Jawwad ... you needn't worry since the Live TV streams through your personal tablet, smart phone, or computer. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you onboard soon!
Just curious - will headphones be made available or will guests have to provide their own? Thanks.
Hi Ann ... Customers will need to provide their own.
Southwest always seems to be on the cutting edge of things. How is it they can continue to offer things the big boys cannot? I have not had a chance to fly a lot on SW, but the few times I have I was impressed. What will be next for this airline?
This option is really great and I like that you get to use your mobile device... nowadays everyone carries at least one with them! The only thing I am worried about is a way to charge your device due too much streaming of the DISH TV. I don't remember Southwest having power outlets on their planes...?