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
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-Discovery Hits the Road
-Getting there isn’t enough
-Next Stop: Hollywood