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Backseat TV
The Ultimate Solution to
"Are we there yet?"

by Charles Ofria

You pull up to your destination with a van full of whippersnappers after a long drive and confidently announce, "we're Here!", only to be greeted with "Noooo, I'm not ready to get out.  I wanna finish my show!!!" 

In your dreams, you say?  I guess, you haven't heard of Backseat TV by SIRIUS Satellite Radio.

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Times Square New York - March 29, 2007 - SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Chrysler Group announced today that Chrysler Group will be the exclusive auto maker to offer SIRIUS Backseat TV in its 2008 model-year vehicle lineup. Chrysler will offer this new back seat entertainment system first in their 2008 Chrysler Town and Country and the Dodge Caravan line of minivans.

Now, don't expect the 200 channels that you may be used to viewing on your home TV.  Not even close. This system kicks off with a very select, child-friendly lineup featuring 3 channels only: Nickelodeon, the Disney Channel and the Cartoon Network.  Chrysler will launch this service on the all-new Dodge Caravan and the Chrysler Town and Country when they hit the showrooms in late summer, then expand to other select 2008 Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler vehicles.

SIRIUS Backseat TV will receive its signal from an in-vehicle satellite video receiver and two small roof-mounted antennas, and will display the TV programs on the vehicles second and/or third-row video screens. The system affords passengers plenty of flexibility.  Rear seat occupants can don wireless headphones while watching TV so that Mom and Dad can listen to SIRIUS Satellite Radio up front.  Passengers can operate the system using a remote control unit from the rear-seat or with the radio controls on the dash. They can even have one screen display TV programming while another plays a DVD movie or runs a video game. In addition, they can display TV programming on the center dash screen for front-seat viewing when the vehicle is in Park.

Besides SIRIUS TV, the new Chrysler minivans introduce a multitude of slick, family-oriented options includingSwivel 'n Go seating which allows the second row seats to turn and face the rear row to form a cozy conversation or game area with a table between the rows to play games or do homework.  The manufacturer has attached the seat belts directly to the seat frames of second row seats to allow passengers to buckle themselves in even while facing the rear.

Chrysler is pricing the SIRIUS Backseat TV at a Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $470, which includes the first year of service, when packaged with Chrysler Groups Rear Seat Entertainment System (not included in the $470 price) and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. After the first year, the SIRIUS Backseat TV service is available for $7 per month when packaged with SIRIUS Satellite Radio ($12.95 per month).

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