Netflix offers bandwidth tech to airlines

Netflix will help improve in-flight WiFi so you can stream its shows on planes

Netflix will help improve in-flight WiFi so you can stream its shows on planes

Per the outlet, the streaming service is hoping to entice more airlines to offer low-priced or free Wi-Fi to travelers.

Netflix at the Apex Expo on Monday announced a new airline initiative set to debut next year that's created to improve in-flight Wi-Fi.

This is part of an effort to get airlines to partner up with Netflix to offer the streaming service as an in-flight entertainment option.

Variety reports from Monday's 2017 APEX Expo that beginning in 2018, the company will offer bandwidth-efficient technology for mobile devices to airline carriers around the world.

Improved in-flight Wi-Fi could give participating airlines a leg-up on the competition and likely boost overall customer satisfaction, especially if Internet service is made free or very cheap.

Using its technology, the streaming video giant says passengers will be able to watch Netflix in high quality during a flight while reducing airlines' bandwidth costs by as much as 75 percent.

The company is no stranger to partnering with airlines.

Such a deal would allow passengers to access Netflix from their own devices while flying and help to build a "sustainable model" of low-priced or free in-flight Wi-Fi for airlines. In 2015, it teamed up with Virgin America to offer its content on-board and has since struck deals with other airlines such as Aeromexico, Qantas and Virgin Australia.

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