United offers free streaming TV and movies

(CNN) - United Airlines is adding an option for watching TV during flights.

It lets passengers stream content directly to their laptop, i-Phone, i-Pad or i-Pod touch for free. The airline will roll out the new entertainment system on US flights starting in April.

Here's how it works:

United will pre-load 150 movies and 200 TV shows onto an on-board system. Passengers with compatible devices will be able to stream directly from a server on the plane. That way, there's no need to pay for in-flight Wi-Fi service. And the airline won't have to worry about an entire airplane of people gobbling up bandwidth while binge-watching.


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