Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Keep your kids quiet. Backseat TV coming from Sirius

Sirius will offer mobile television service with a receiver supplied by Directed Electronics in the fall of this year, to sell for about $299 in stores, or built-into some Chrysler Corp. vehicles for $470.

According Sirius, the retail product will work with any existing car video system or radio. The unit includes a display module, a hideaway black-box receiver and two remote controls, including one with large buttons for kids in the rear seat and one for playing Sirius radio in the front seat. The service will cost $19.95 per month and will be sold as a package for standard Sirius radio plus Sirius video service.

If consumers already have a Sirius radio subscription, they will pay an additional $7.00 per month, but you have to have an audio subscription to have the video subscription. Sirius will offer three channels of programming for its TV service, which is aimed at kids, from Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network.

On an OEM level, the service called Sirius Backseat TV will be offered starting in the 2008 model year through Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles at $470. It may be available through other car makers in the future. (info from TWICE)

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