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Apple and United Airlines team up for iOS in flight video streaming

Apple device owners may want to start booking more United Airlines flights starting next month. According to a report, the airline is launching a new in-flight video-streaming service for iPhone and iPad users.

According to Patently Apple, the company will offer more than 150 movies and 200 TV shows for free.

The service will initially only be available to mobile passengers with an iDevice running iOS 7, though Patently Apple said it should work on laptops via the browser, too. On iOS, users will need to download the United Airlines app from the Apple iTunes Store.

"Most planes will be equipped with the new system very soon, and we'll have it installed on most domestic aircraft by the end of 2014," United told Patently Apple. First up for integration are the Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 747-400, and select 777-200 aircraft. "In the end, all United-operated flights will have some form of entertainment," the company said.

United Airlines did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

As CNET pointed out, other airlines have already begun offering in-flight entertainment: Southwest provides on-demand TV and movies—for a cost—while international carrier Lufthansa recently announced plans to install its own system this summer.

Those services could come in handy for American citizens, now that the Federal Aviation Administration has cleared personal electronic devices like smartphones and tablets for use during takeoff and landing.