Southwest Air to Try Live TV on 5 Airplanes

Pay TV to be watched on private devices

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    Southwest Airlines
    Pay TV will be tested in five airplanes.

    Southwest Airlines plans to sell live television service on five planes and expand it to more aircraft by mid-July.

    The Dallas-based airline said Thursday that it would offer seven sports and news channels for passengers to watch on their own devices.

    Southwest said it will test prices from $3 to $8 during a trial period. Passengers will need a Wi-Fi-enabled device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer.

    Live TV will be offered separately from wireless Internet access and customers won't have to buy Internet access to watch TV.

    The Southwest channels are: NBC Sports, MLB (Major League Baseball), NFL Network, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News and Fox Business News.

    Southwest hired Row 44 to provide the service.