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WiFi On American Airlines International Flights

Hello:
I will be traveling to Rome on October 19 on an American Airlines 777. My beloved Cubs will be playing in Game 4 of the National League Championship series. I have the MLB app on my IPad that would allow my to stream the game but I was wondering if anyone has tried live sports streaming using the AA WiFi. Is there enough bandwidth to do this? Thanks!

Posted by
1705 posts

I can't speak to the wifi for streaming but I can say that we flew your exact route in April and the technology/entertainment was positively archaic. I didn't try to use WiFi - my surprise came from the fact that American doesn't even have on-demand programming yet. For anything I wanted to watch, I had to wait until the next time the program or movie was starting. It was crazy. I flew Delta internationally a few months later and it was positively fabulous...dozens and dozens of movies I wanted to watch.

Posted by
5 posts

Thanks, Valerie. It appears that my best option will be to stream the audio of the game on the MLB app using the WiFi. Audio streaming doesn't need a whole lot of bandwidth so I am hoping that will work!

Posted by
11154 posts

I don't specifically know about AA, but often on buses, trains, etc. streaming is blocked. You'll have to check directly with AA. Also, equipment can vary, so even if you should have the ability to stream audio, you may not on your individual flight.

Posted by
785 posts

If it's gogo internet and anything like Delta, you can't stream video. Delta has great on demand entertainment but the gogo is just as archaic as everyone else's. I've gotten to where I don't even try anymore, not worth the hassle or the $16.

Posted by
431 posts

I have never tried streaming mid air but i did try streaming the Penguin games in Italy. They blocked me because of my location. I also thought about getting CBS All Access for the football games but they block you when you leave the country as well.

Posted by
8906 posts

In terms of regional blocking. I've noticed that Sirrus satellite radio, via their streaming app, doesn't do any blocking overseas. They carry most all the sports radio networks, so if you're already a subscriber it's something to consider.

Posted by
1029 posts

I flew AA from SJC to OHR and connected to London from there.
On the first leg I tried to use the wifi to check what gate my flight was leaving from at O'hare. After trying for about 10 to 15 minutes I gave up. I hope you have better luck than I did.

Posted by
767 posts

Streaming on AA flights does not work well/at all. And I agree with other posters about the app blocking you when you are out of the country.

Another option is a slingbox. It hooks up to your TV and then you have access to your TV via your computer, including anything you DVR (so theoretically you could DVR the game). I think there might be an app as well for an Ipad. My parents are snow birds and my dad uses this to watch Chicago sports when they are in Florida. We have also used it abroad without issues, mostly for important sporting events.

Go Cubs go.

Posted by
5 posts

Thanks everyone for all the useful info! After speaking with MLB TV, they claim that I should be able to at least listen to the audio stream even with fair-to-middling wifi. I will give it a try and report back after my return. They also claim that with my MLB Playoff package I should have no problem video streaming in Italy but the wifi quality is obviously much more crucial for video. With the +7 hour time difference I will probably try to avoid spoilers and watch a day after the fact.

Go Cubs! Tough one last night but Kershaw is pretty darn good.

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823 posts

I've used the GOGO Inflight WIFI on an AA flight to London and the bandwidth probably wasn't up to "streaming" quality. Anyway, I think the terms and conditions for the service prohibited streaming video and/or video/voice over IP usages.