New airport TV network to debut at RDU

Posted September 4, 2012 3:48 p.m. EDT

— Clear Channel will debut its new in-airport television network this fall at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the company announced Tuesday.

ClearVision will feature news, entertainment, sports and music specially formatted for travelers. The company is touting the service as the “first real alternative in decades to CNN’s news-only airport network.”

The programming will come from more than 100 content providers, including CBS, NBC, and The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Live. Airports ultimately will be able to leverage Wi-Fi services to provide travelers with access to ClearVision on their wireless devices.

“ClearVision brings airport entertainment into the modern age and represents a true game-changer for airport advertising in the U.S.,” William Eccleshare, chief executive officer of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, said in a statement.

The announcement comes three days after RDU began providing free Wi-Fi through Boingo Wireless. Travelers can now access free 45-minute sessions or pay for a premium service that offers higher download speeds.

“With the launch of ClearVision television, RDU continues its commitment to elevating our passengers’ experience,” RDU aiport director Michael Landguth said in a statement. “ClearVision allows us to tailor television programming to provide family-friendly viewing that offers everything from news and weather to sports and sitcoms.”