Wendy Orthman Shows the Live TV System in a 2010 Dodge JourneyEnlarge Photo
The Chrysler Group has had a bit of a rough ride over the past couple of years, but this year at the 2010 Denver Auto Show they were showcasing something every college student can get behind—Mobile TV. Yes, with certain Chrysler Group models (8 of the models in the line up) you can now get your TV while you are on the go. The best part, you can now get the sports channels, so bring on the tailgating parties.
The television signals are delivered to the vehicles through a dedicated multicast network. Chrysler claims to be the “first automaker in the United States to offer live, mobile TV in more than 100 metropolitan markets.” The service and network is provided by San Diego-based FLO™ TV Inc. For those who don’t know FLO TV is a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc. As I mentioned above, the best part for a lot of consumers, especially the sports enthusiasts, is the availability of channels like CBS College Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports and Speed.
Not a sports fan? Chrysler Group has you covered, the entertainment package also offers Comedy Central, Disney Channel and for all those people on the go who miss their soaps, SOAPnet. The feature is available today as a $629 (plus installation) option and includes one-year subscription. The neat part is that it will work with 2008-2010 models with the dealer installed DVD entertainment package or headrest/seat-top DVD systems. So the answer everyone is looking for is what models, let’s check them out below:
- Chrysler Town & Country
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Jeep Commander
- Dodge Grand Caravan
- Dodge Journey
- Dodge Nitro
- Ram 1500
- Ram 2500/3500
Bottom line—Chrysler is a company to watch, the PR manager at the 2010 Denver Auto Show, Wendy Orthman, the company will be coming out with completely redesigned or hugely updated vehicles by the end of the year (with the exception of the newly redesigned RAM).