Hulu is now streaming on Delta flights from coast to coast
With passengers packed in like sardines and airlines nickle-and-diming for every little thing, there isn’t much fun associated with air travel these days.
But carriers finally seem to be making an effort to improve the in-flight experience from start to finish, reducing extraneous fees, introducing better seating options, working towards free Wi-Fi. And it looks like upping the entertainment game is next on the list: Last week, Delta announced a partnership with Hulu that will bring the streaming platform’s original programming to seat-back screens fleet-wide, beginning this month.
While full seasons of the site’s buzzy shows won’t be available, Delta passengers can sample anywhere from three to six episodes on demand, from the dystopian Handmaid’s Tale and the action-oriented Marvel's Runaways to smart comedies such as The Mindy Project, Casual, and Shrill. Long-form programming is also on deck, including documentaries like Fyre Fraud, about the spectacularly disastrous Fyre Festival; Ask Dr. Ruth, a look at famed sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s life in advance of her 90th birthday; and Minding the Gap, about young men who rely on each other to escape from their Rust Belt hometown. As if modern-day air travel isn’t enough of a nightmare, there’s even a scary movie to round out the bill: Into the Dark: New Year, New You, part of a monthly series from Hulu and horror purveyor Blumhouse Productions.
Over the past few years, the airline has bet big on entertainment, placing seat-back screens in 700 aircraft and making Delta Studio content – thousands of movies, shows, and music options, plus the new slate of Hulu Originals – free to passengers in all cabins, no matter what fare class they purchase. It's what makes sense, especially taking frequent flyers' feedback into account. "Customers continue to tell us entertainment is a top priority," director of onboard product and customer experience Ekrem Dimbiloglu said in a press release. "That's why we keep extending our lead in having more aircraft with seat-back entertainment than any other airline in the world, and continue partnering with entertainment giants like Hulu to bring customers at-home favorites at 30,000 feet."