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United Airlines plans to make your tablet the hub of in-flight entertainment

United Airlines Tablet Smartphone Streaming

In-flight entertainment services have made huge strides over the past several years but there has still always been major problem: It’s just not much fun to watch a movie on a dinky little screen. Via AppleInsider, United Airlines is looking to change that, which is why it’s announced a new streaming service that will eventually let you watch in-flight movies on your own tablet, laptop or smartphone.

United says that in April it will start equipping its fleet with a new entertainment system that will let passengers watch “over 150 movies and nearly 200 TV shows and watch them free of charge on your personal device.” The service will initially roll out for iOS-based devices only at first although United says that support for Android and “other devices” will be coming later this year. To watch movies on United’s entertainment system you’ll need to download United’s mobile app to your device but that shouldn’t be too much of a hassle since it’s free.

And the best part is you won’t have to stop watching your movie or show when the plane is preparing to land now that the Federal Aviation Administration has relaxed rules for turning off laptops and tablets during flights.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.