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Southwest passengers flying from Chicago-Midway (MDW), Denver International (DEN) and Oakland International (OAK) airports can grab an iPad 2 from DISH libraries in the Southwest terminals at these airports, and then view DISH live TV and on-demand programs on Wi-Fi enabled flights.
And, it’s all for free, and passengers must return the iPad 2s upon arrival.
The arrangement deepens the “TV Flies Free” partnership between Southwest and DISH that began this summer when DISH programming became available for free on Southwest flights.
Until now, travelers had to bring their use their own laptops and tablets to enjoy the free live TV from DISH on Southwest flights, but now they can optionally check out an iPad 2 at the airport from DISH to view the programming.
DISH is using the Southwest partnership to push its Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR, as well as DISH service. Southwest Rapid Rewards members can earn 12,500 points and a free iPad 2 when they sign up for Hopper and certain programming packages.