Friday, March 30, 2007

Sirius back seat TV for cars

Also via Lost Remote:

"Sirius Satellite Radio — which has figured out how to transmit limited TV signals over the radio airwaves — has teamed up with Chrysler to provide Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network to selected vehicles.

For example, people who buy the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee could choose to pay $470 for the satellite video receiver, antennas and video monitors (two in the back and one in the front. The front monitor switches off when the vehicle is moving.) The service costs $19.95 a month, although the first year of service is included in the package. Sirius said more TV channels may be coming soon, but there are bandwidth limitations."

From Variety:

"DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group on Thursday announced limited satellite television service for its 2008 Dodge and Chrysler minivans and several other models, continuing its plan to turn the vans into family rooms on wheels.

It's possible that in the future, more channels and even full satellite service could become available, but for now, it's limited by bandwidth allocated to satellite radio, said Frank Klegon, executive vice president of product development for Chrysler.

Klegon also said satellite TV is the latest step in a continuation of information technology moving from home to vehicle."

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