Should You Say Goodbye to CNN on Airport TVs?
Despite having our share of mobile devices and streaming services we often still find ourselves gazing into the glow of the televisions in and around the airport. Usually it's some odd version of CNN where Anderson Cooper or Wolf Blitzer is discussing—on mute of course—the day’s events. Well that’s about to change, as it looks like another company is getting ready to challenge CNN and their airport television dominance.
Clear Channel loves everything from radio stations to billboards, and now they’re going after the screens in the terminals and concourses. Their new ClearVision network will splice together bits and pieces of news, sports, and weather in hopes of grabbing your attention as you attempt to down those last few bites of airport food court cuisine. Networks like CBS, Fox, and NBC are even jumping on board, so maybe a few of your favorite programs will make the leap to the gate.
Right now Clear Channel is chatting up around 20 different airports around the country, but it sounds like they’ve already finalized the deal at one location. Beginning November, the ClearVision network will start broadcasting in North Carolina at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Eventually there are plans to connect travelers and their mobile devices to the network, and that might even let you do a little channel surfing on your own device and your own screen.
We doubt CNN is going to go away without a fight, and of course we think there’s room for both networks at the airport. After all, chomping an Egg McMuffin while listening to Robin Meade is just part of the early morning airport experience.
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