In another mostly positive step for in-flight entertainment options, Continental Airlines will be rolling out DirecTV
along with email and IM service on 225 of its planes starting next January -- the majority of its domestic fleet, according to Reuters -- although watching some tube will reportedly cost economy passengers six bucks-a-pop. Continental is teaming up with LiveTV on the venture, a subsidiary of JetBlue
which also provides that airline with DirecTV, XM, and, more recently, limited Yahoo email and IM services
courtesy of its 800MHz bandwidth acquisition
. LiveTV will both provide and install a majority of the in-plane hardware in exchange for most of the revenue from economy section TV viewers; the 36 DirecTV channels will be free to first class passengers, and anyone with compatible devices and a Yahoo account can connect to the flying hotspots.