Not to be outdone by General Motors’ plans to provide wi-fi in its new vehicles, Chrysler will soon bring live television programming, including sports and news programs, to its vehicles starting in late December of this year.
Chrysler will offer the service, called FLO TV Auto Entertainment as a dealer-installed option from the Mopar accessories unit. The service will provide up to 20 channels of live programming, including CBS, CNBC, Comedy Central, FOX News, MSNBC, MTV, and NBC 2Go.
The system is designed mainly for rear-seat passengers to enjoy on seat-mounted monitors, though front-seat passengers will be able to watch programming on navigation screens when the vehicle is in park.
Chrysler spokeswoman Ann Smith said the automaker would disable all front-seat viewing where prohibited by state law. She also confirmed that Chrysler will continue supplying the child-focused Sirius Backseat TV, which provides Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network Mobile.
FLO TV can be installed in 2008-10 model vehicles that have factory-installed DVD entertainment systems. Among them are the Chrysler Town & Country; Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander; Dodge Grand Caravan, Journey and Nitro, Ram 1500 and 2500/3500.
Owners of 2008-10 vehicles without factory-installed DVD systems can access FLO TV through aftermarket rear-seat DVD screens from Mopar, which are installed in headrests. Early next year, Mopar also will have DVD screens that are installed lower in the seatback
Mopar’s suggested retail price for the TV service is $629 plus installation. Buyers would get a year of programming free. The normal price for a subscription is $119 a year or $299 for three years.