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Jetstar is running live trials of a new inflight entertainment system capable of beaming movies, TV shows and music directly to a traveller’s smartphone or tablet.
The Jetstar Streaming service is similar to Qantas’ Q Streaming, with one exception – passengers will be expected to pay for the content.
Video & review: Qantas' in-flight Q Streaming in action
Australian Business Traveller reader Ben McBride was presented with the opportunity to test the system on a recent Jetstar flight from Hobart to Sydney, and shared these screenshots and notes.
McBride was alerted to the trial by Jetstar gate staff at Hobart Airport while waiting to board the flight, and took the chance to download the necessary iPhone app.
After take-off, the Wi-Fi entertainment system on the Airbus A320 was turned on and revealed a ‘Jetstar WIFI’ hotspot.
“I started the app and it did some thinking while to trying to connect to the streaming server,” McBride says…
“But eventually I got there and was greeted with the home screen.”
The main menu shows the types of content available.
“Because I was on a short flight to Hobart from Sydney I went for TV,” McBride explains.
“I drilled down into Lifestyle & Reality…”
“… and being an engineer I headed for a documentary about the machines used to build the Olympic Park for the London Olympics.”
“Before you begin watching, you can scroll down and find out more about the video you selected.”
“When you do start watching your selection, naturally you're able to put the video into full screen.”
McBridge notes that the controls and text are in 'Jetstar Orange’, which he says “was a nice touch and showed attention to detail.”
“Of course, when the crew made announcements my video was paused and the app 'locked' so I couldn't do anything until the announcement was finished.”
Jetstar also plans a ‘child lock’ feature intended to restrict kids to a set of content suitable to their tender years.
“If you enter the ‘Kid's Zone’ you won't be able to leave without following the procedure shown on the screen,” McBride says, although he adds that “this feature should stop all children up to the age of about two weeks… they’re born tech-savvy these days.”
If you’ve travelled on a Jetstar flight with the new streaming Wi-Fi entertainment service installed, share your own experiences below…
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