AT&T launches "Cruisecast" 22 Video & 20 audio channels
UPDATE 11-16-08 - mp3Car.com has done three video reports on this topic:
Interview with President http://vimeo.com/2176836
Interview with CEO http://vimeo.com/2219081
Drive Test http://vimeo.com/2227736
AT&T has partnered up with RaySat to deliver 22 high quality video and 20 audio channels to the back seat of cars. They have launched a working preview of their services at SEMA 2008 with a consumer delivery promise set for sprint of 2009. Anticipated monthly services fees are 28$
This is not the holly grail of a connected car, but AT&T has done a lot of hard work here that no other company has released yet.
Some juicy content deals appear to be done (full list below)
- They have a relativity small Antenna
- They have about a minute of data caching 'baked in' to allow for driving through parking garages short tunnels and other structures.
The reason why this isn’t so cool is there is no national or even local bidirectional link, which would allow for all of the services we have been dreaming of:
- Mobile concierge.
- Paid content, pay per view content.
- Mobile Instant content gratification - I like this song or video, buy me now.
You can imagine that with AT&T’s network, these features will be on the roadmap.
Tomorrow we are taking a driving demo and will report on how you can install this in your car when it comes out. From the quick stuff I have read, this after market add on receiver product appears to be pretty easy to install in almost any car.
Content deals in place:
“Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Discovery Kids, Animal Planet, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network Mobile, USA, COMEDY CENTRAL, MSNBC, CNN Mobile Live and CNBC. Twenty satellite radio music channels will also be available at the launch.”
Mp3car interviews ATT/RaySat's Executive Team
AT&T & RaySat kick off satellite service “CruisecCast” for the car. Mp3car interviews RaySat’s President, Winston Guillory in HD. In a three-part HD video interview, mp3Car interviews AT&T’s and Raysat’s “CruiseCast” executive team today.
We are going to kick this off this three-part interview with President, Winston Guillory. Later this week we will post the rest of the interviews with their Chairman & CEO as well as a drive test through the Vegas streets. The CruiseCast team was also kind enough to show us all the innards of their prototype hardware, which we will share with you later in the week as part 3.
Sling and Sprint, cheaper than?
This is great, but I am already streaming direct TV over my Slingbox to my carputer with a sprintcard. without the ugly satellite antenna.