Like the dial-up speed Wi-Fi on airplanes, airports’ public Wi-Fi networks aren’t always the speediest places to catch up on Game of Thrones — until now. Beginning this week, Digiboo, a location-based retail entertainment download service, is launching independent Wi-Fi-enabled zones in public areas, including major airports, such as:
- Boise Airport
- Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
- George Bush International Airport (Houston)
- Indianapolis Airport
- Knoxville Airport McGhee Tyson Airport (Tennessee)
- Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport
- Portland International Airport
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
- William P. Hobby Airport (Houston)
By the end of the summer, the Digiboo Zones should be available in hundreds more airports, and 2,000+ locations in the next year.
So what took so long for such a technology to exist? Digiboo CEO, Richard Cohen, explains:
“Digiboo has been able to take advantage of recent advances in digital compression, and Wi-Fi software and hardware technology, along with our proprietary software technology to provide its customers with the fastest mobile download. …We are constantly looking for technologies and processes to make downloads faster.”
To use the service, you’ll first need to download the Digiboo Player App (Android & PC coming soon, although these users can download movies from the Digiboo kiosks within the zones, no app needed). From there, you can browse Digiboo’s TV and movie selections, purchasable for $3.99-$4.99 per download — although they’re offering free new releases for a limited time to celebrate the launch. It should take less than one minute to download to your mobile device, available for 30 days in your library (although only 48 hours after you press play).
If this service works as it should, it will definitely make layovers suck a lot less. Sure, you can always try to find a hot seatmate on Tinder, but downloading Mad Men and watching Don Draper find a hot date is way less creepy.