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I'm one of those guys. You know. Any thing new is my experience, I search the internet. This one has me baffled so far, so i'm here. I fly SWA because of the no hassle loading and generally lower cost of travel. Just enough service to keep me from trying to sleep between stops. Good basic lower cost air travel. The latest trip featured a 737 dressed out for "free TV" and "WiFi access $8/day".

Got out the iPad and learned that free tv meant that you buy the WiFi.

So I'll search for an answer when I'm back home.

I'm home. I've searched. When goggle can't find the answer I turn to the forums. Anyone?
 

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The press release announcing this year's offer follows:

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DISH (NASDAQ:DISH) and Southwest Airlines® (NYSE:LUV) announced today they are extending their partnership and the "TV Flies Free" promotion. Through December 31, 2014, DISH will provide Southwest Customers using iOS, Android and most other Internet-ready devices free access to nearly 20 live TV channels and up to 75 on-demand shows on the airline's nearly 440 Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft. Onboard access to live TV, on-demand programming and Wi-Fi connectivity is delivered by Southwest's satellite-based inflight entertainment and connectivity partner, Row 44, a subsidiary of Global Eagle Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENT).

The program was originally announced in July 2013 when DISH and Southwest surprised passengers aboard a Southwest flight with a giveaway of free iPad® 2 devices to celebrate the new partnership. Since that time, DISH has enabled millions of Southwest Customers to watch their favorite shows in-flight at no charge.

"Since the FAA changed its rules regarding personal electronic device usage, mobile video viewing on Southwest Airlines flights has increased more than 20 percent," said James Moorhead, DISH Chief Marketing Officer. "By extending our partnership with Southwest we are able to give their Customers a sample of what DISH customers experience on a daily basis, their favorite TV programs, anytime, anywhere and at no additional cost, simply the best mobile TV experience."

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.

"Southwest is in the business of providing exemplary Customer Service and this partnership with DISH has been very popular with our Customers," said Kevin Krone, Southwest Airlines Chief Marketing Officer. "Free is a great thing for Customers in this industry and having DISH providing this amenity through 2014 will continue to make our onboard experience even more entertaining this year."

The live TV and on-demand programming available on Southwest are part of a suite of products delivered by Global Eagle to the airline. Powered through Ku-band satellite technology, the platform, which includes high-speed Internet, messaging and destination services is now available to Customers at all stages of flight, and Southwest is still the only U.S. airline able to offer gate-to-gate connectivity and messaging services.

Once onboard a Wi-Fi-equipped plane, Southwest Customers can connect to the Wi-Fi network and launch their Internet browser to be directed to the Southwest Airlines Entertainment Portal. From there, passengers can access live TV and on-demand programs free of charge, compliments of DISH.

- See more at: http://about.dish.com/press-release/products-and-services/dish-and-southwest-airlines-ante-onboard-entertainment-extend-tv#sthash.gSYHx86c.dpuf

Southwest Airline's FAQ page is here:
http://www.southwest.com/html/generated/help/faqs/inflight_internet_tv_movies_faq.html
 
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you don't have to buy the Wi-Fi when using DISH on SWA. DISH and SWA have been doing it for about a year now

http://www.southwest.com/html/travel-experience/during-your-flight/index.html

Southwest's in-air live TV, delivered by connectivity partner Row 44, is available on most Internet-ready devices on most flights. The live-TV lineup currently features Bravo, CNBC, FOX 5 New York (WNYW), FOX Business Network, FOX News Channel, Golf Channel, MLB.com (Major League Baseball, when games are available), MSNBC, NBC 4 (WNBC), NFL Network, Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel. Popular TV show episodes are also available on demand as part of the TV lineup. Free TV, compliments of DISH
 

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From the FAQ (linked above):

Apple Devices: Visit the app store to find the Onboard Player app and install it on your device. Installing the app during your flight will require the purchase of WiFi.

Android Devices: You will have the option to download the app during your flight or may download it ahead of time from the Google Play Store.

Laptops: You will have the ability to download your plugin during your flight.

My search found these apps -
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/onboard-player/id841069888?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alldigital.android.dti.onboardplayer
 

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OK Guys,

The ViewRight Web app is only on iTunes and only applicable to iPhone or iPad. I'm just too slow to get any such app for the MacBook, but it's OK. Any one's live day time TV is of little interest. I always get the news fix and weather images from the DVR.

Other forums have speculated that this "partnership" is doomed, but who am I to speculate? I'll just stay with the Soduku on the iPad.

Thanks again for all the competent answers.


Let's just go fishing!

Bobbin
 
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