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Dan Rather Can Fly

Anyone who missed the 1997 World Airline Entertainment Association conference in Orlando may have also missed a glimpse of the distribution outlet of the future. In-flight programming is becoming big business with the promise of personal video screens for each airline...
November 1, 1997

Anyone who missed the 1997 World Airline Entertainment Association conference in Orlando may have also missed a glimpse of the distribution outlet of the future. In-flight programming is becoming big business with the promise of personal video screens for each airline passenger, selectable viewing channels and personal video-game terminals.

Traditionally, only the domain of the motion-picture giants, the airways are beginning to attract some of the major players of the doc world as well. A number of recognizable names have begun their forays into the field. cbs produces a 30-minute in-flight version of 60 Minutes which airs in the air a week behind the broadcast version, with content modified so that stories possibly disturbing to the traveller

Also in this report:
-New Directions
-Discovery Hits the Road
-Getting there isn’t enough
-Next Stop: Hollywood

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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