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CruiseCast Lets You Take Your Show On The Road

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Looking to make that commute a little more entertaining and informative for people in your carpool? Do you want to make long road trips with the kids much more bearable? CruiseCast is a new system that can help by bringing satellite TV into the back seat of your car.

"This gives you the option of new entertainment - something to keep kids quiet in the back and give mom and dad some peace of mind up front," Jim Llewellyn said.

Instead of loading and unloading discs, CruiseCast allows you to just change the channel, with 22 TV options and 20 radio options.

"Basically, what it is, is a brand new rear seat entertainment system that has figured out a way to bring satellite TV to vehicles in motion,"

AT&T did that by developing a smaller, smarter dish to track satellite signals.

"It actually rotates inside the system.. So if you're turning left, if you're turning right, the antennae swivels around and always hooks up with satellites in the southern sky,"

That signal is brought into the vehicle and sent to a receiver, which is the brain of the system.

"It's so small it can be hidden anywhere,"

The system is then hooked up to any pre-existing rear seat entertainment system. The monitors and sound system are not included.

On the road you're treated to a clear picture and crisp sound, and the signal is constant, even if it's blocked by trees or an overpass for up to one minute, thanks to a built-in buffer.

"Basically what you end up with is a streaming video presentation in the rear seat similar to what you have at home,"

The programming is some of the most popular available, from CNN to the NFL Network to CBS Sports to a bunch of programming for kids - even the big ones.

CruiseCast costs $1,300, plus installation and a $28 a month subscription fee.

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