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Sirius Backseat TV to Launch on 2008 Chrysler, Dodge Vehicles

The Chrysler Group this week announced that it will begin carrying Sirius satellite's "Backseat TV" satellite video service starting with its 2008 Chrysler product line.

At CES the satcaster demoed the technology in a Dodge and hoped the technology would be available this year. The satcaster has content deals with Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network. The service will be available in some 2008 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles, beginning with the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, available later this year.

Sirius Backseat TV will also be available on the 2008 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Dodge Magnum, Jeep Commander and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The system operates with an in-vehicle satellite video receiver and two small roof-mounted antennas.

Programming is displayed on the vehicle's second- and/or third-row video screens, with channel name, program title and rating displayed on the screen or screens. Rear-seat passengers can watch the backseat TV while front-seat occupants listen to Sirius.

The backseat TV option lists for $470. That includes the first year of service when packaged with Chrysler Group's Rear Seat Entertainment System and Sirius Satellite Radio.

After the first year, Sirius Backseat TV is available for $7 per month when packaged with Sirius Satellite Radio, which is $12.95 per month.

(Radio World)