Sirius, famous for its Howard Stern’s potty mouth radio show, is doing a Uturn when it comes to satellite television for the car with the release of the SCV1 Backseat TV.
Using only three channels – and all of them kid friendly (Nickelodeon, Disney and Cartoon Network) the SCV1 broadcasts to an on-board rear-seat video monitor (not included). This promises to keep the kids entertained with Spongebob, Jimmy Neutron and Hannah Montana while the adults are keeping their eyes on the road and listening to regular Sirius programming of 130 channels of sports, talk and music programming.
The SCV1 package includes the main audio/video tuner, wired display controller, audio and video remote controls, dual magnetic vehicle antennas, remote control eye, audio and audio video cables and an FM antenna interface. Current Sirius-Ready head units may require a special adapter.
What’s odd is that most built in monitors in minivans and station wagons are widescreen now, but Sirius opted to broadcast only in 4:3, this causes live action programming like Ned’s Declassified School Survivor Guide and Suite Life of Zach and Cody to look rather stretched.
The reason being that Sirius opted to make the SCV1 user friendly no matter what video monitor is in the car. But for an all in one TV/music subscriber system at a retail price of about $300 (plus subscriber fees), it isn’t a bad option.
Here’s hoping an upgrade will go to widescreen and HD. Available in the fall in stores and as optional installation on all-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans.