CES: SiriusConnect SC-V1 Audio/Video Tuner (Sirius Backseat TV)

Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 6:10 PM
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Sirius Backseat TV

The SiriusConnect SC-V1 Audio/Video Tuner is the first satellite tuner that not only receives Sirius audio, but also Sirius Backseat TV programming. Listen to Howard in the front, while the kids watch Spongebob in the back.

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Designed as a multi-zone univeral system, the kit includes the SC-V1 A/V Tuner module, a wired display control unit, wireless audio remote control, wireless video remote control, remote eye (for rear seat control), FM switching interface, two mini magnetic antennas, and removable mounting plates.

The SC-V1 Multi-Zone operation allows for the regular Sirius Audio to pass through the main audio system, while the Sirius Backseat TV plays for the rear passengers.

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Included with the SC-V1 kit is a display control unit that mounts up front and can operate either the audio functions or the video functions. There’s also a dedicated remote control for backseat passengers to change video channels and a diversity antenna system for maximum signal reception.

The SC-V1 has a built-in FM modulator and antenna interface to connect to your car. It’s compatible with standard NTSC monitors. The Sirius Connect A/V Tuner SC-V1 will be available at retail in Spring 2007, and will MSRP for $299.99.

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Ryan,

Any info on how the unit receives the signal? Is it directly through the Sats or is another method employed. Also, any perspective launch date/price?

On a side note. Could you PLEASE take a few pics of the mini tuner ready receivers?

I am so getting this!!! Roadtrips just got so much better!!!

History Guy
"The Sirius Connect A/V Tuner SC-V1 will be available at retail in Spring 2007, and will MSRP for $299.99."

Add a good grand for monitors (screens) and you have a nice little package here. Thats if they get some good programming. Im sure a few kids channels, ESPN or Fox Sports, some news, maybe even music videos. Who knows. Who knows if the FCC will allow it. Didnt they shut down this idea when it was shown 2 years ago?

These better be about 1,673.99 each to keep Howard and Mel in bonuses.

I think there is something badly wrong here. I'm down 85K and most are down at lease 55% while Howard scores ANOTHER 100 million.

His compensation should have been partially based on profits.

I am sorry. By price I meant additional service fees, if any, for the video streams.

Groan.

I cannot believe anyone actually CARES about this.

There is no market for this service. And I cannot believe that people don't see it. A total waste of bandwidth that could be used to improve Sirius' severely lacking music content to make it almost as good as XM's.

XM content sucks. I bet your favorite channel is Oprah and Friends, you fruit. It looks like Disney will be the content provider. Hmmmmm, don't they own ESPN, and ABC also?

Stack I agree.....I think this is why XM is not doing what Sirius is doing but instead promote the DirecTV slim dish to receive LOTS of channels PLUS all XM content. That way it doesn't kill XM's bandwidth.

XM is doing a lot of weather/traffic stuff that doesn't take up a lot of bandwidth and is more useful to the driver. Video is useful also but DVD's do great as it is, and lets face it....Kids are the ones who would be using a video service more and kids don't REQUIRE a live feed of cartoons.

It all depends on content though.

StackPointer-

"Groan.

I cannot believe anyone actually CARES about this.

There is no market for this service. And I cannot believe that people don't see it. A total waste of bandwidth that could be used to improve Sirius' severely lacking music content to make it almost as good as XM's."

No market or little market? People think that there is no market for pay radio, pay tv, overpriced starbucks when the c-store down the street continually gets national recognition for their sub $1 cup.

Wow XM's music offering is better than Sirius, well I guess my opinion doesn't matter. Keep telling yourself that your $13 a month is more important than mine. And yes I have tried XM's I didn't like it.

How long until we can watch a Howard and his crew live while driving down the road? Will it be another way for Sirius to make money by charging for howie t.v.?

If I have to watch Stern while driving, I wouldn't be able to keep my hands on steering wheel.

>>>>>>>No market or little market? People think that there is no market for pay radio, pay tv, overpriced starbucks when the c-store down the street continually gets national recognition for their sub $1 cup.

Little market.

It is a stupid idea. The market for realtime backseat cartoons is tiny compared to that for satellite radio.

This is just one more example of an idiotic business decision by Sirius (not as idiotic as hiring Stern $750 Million. As someone else said, XM's data services offerings require a tiny fraction of the bandwidth and have much broader appeal and a higher ARPU to boot. It would appear DCX is pushing this and this may well be the price SIRI paid for getting DCX to be more proactive in its OEM installs.

We should remember that the back seats of most vehicles are empty the vast majority of the time. IF you want to do walk-around video that's a different thing -- but cartoons in the back seat are much better served with a half dozen DVDs you carry around with you.

It isn't as though the kids require fresh content on the way home from school.

$750million? A little exaggeration? The $500million was for Howard alone. You must be delusional. Do you think Richard Christy and the rest of Howard's support stay are getting paid by Sirius? The $500million was for the Howard Stern Show not Howard Stern. If you look at the differences of what XM offered, CBS offered and what Sirius paid they are not that off. Remember 48hours of programing a day.

Actually it's closer to $850 million with his stock options and bonuses and that's just this year. And yes, it doesn't all go to him but ask anyone that works for him how much he shares. He wouldn't even give Jackie $1 million/year, that's his head writer. Richard Christy and friends make pocket change. And re-running a program doesn't count as additional programming. Neither does paying for Howard and getting Bubba or the show after the show. Now that we're hearing about the additional hidden money in his contract it's becoming apparent that he's probably going to be paid in excess of $1 billion for 5 years. That's outrageous.

As of now, the figure is ~$690 Million. But this is only one year into the contract, and doesn't include revenue share (a reduction in ARPU) which he is getting on these subscribers that are deemed to be because of "Stern".

So, yes, it could get very close to a billion for the five year period. And there is no way in hell Sirius can get close to recovering that loss in five years.

He saved them in '05-'06, but for the next four years, he is the biggest of several anchors that may end up sinking the ship.

The real shame is that if the United States had adopted DVB-T as our digital television standard rather than the awful ATSC standard, we could have mobile television for free!

I'll be signing up as soon as its available, my kids will love it !

@StackPointer

Sirius has MUCH better music content than XM. No contest IMHO.

And unlike XM, Sirius has NO commercials on ANY of their music channels.

This will be a great offering for SIRI.

I'm sure it sounds great for anyone with kids. I actually think the market for backseat video is large. I see tons of SUV's and minivans with monitors in the back so the kids can watch a DVD. But buying enough DVD's to keep the kids entertained probably costs a lot of cash so here is another option. If it comes via OEM I would expect to see lots of people jump on this.

Oh Stackpointer, Always so quick to jump on the "Sirius Sucks" bandwagon.

Even during this week with all the great coverage from CES, thank you Orbitcast. Plus the new and interesting offerings from both companies. We all know you hate Sirius, WE GET THE PICTURE!

Didn't Mama ever teach you that if you have nothing nice to say then STFU?

Brother for the record Jackie left the show because himself and KROQ couldn't work out a contract. In no way shape or form was Howard responsible for the contract renewal of Jackie Martling

@ Satradmadman,

Content is subjective. XM's music is much better in my opinion. True, XM has commercials on 4 Clear Channel owned stations but they still have MORE commercial free music channels than Sirius and no babbling fucking DJ's. If I wanted DJ's I'd listen to FM. Video in the car is a stupid idea. Maybe in 10 - 15 years but not now. DVD's are fine.

@John, How do you figure? ATSC is HD and I don't believe the European DVB-T is but even so.. ATSC IS free over the air.

Jesus H Christ people, 60-70+ channels of 24 hr music each, there is no big diff overall in music, The diff is the extras do you want Howard, NFL, NBA, and NASCAR or do MLB, Oprah, and Ellen.

P.S.- yes I now have both, wifes new 07 saturn came with 3 months of XM.

if XM's traffic and data services take up such little bandwidth, why do their music channels sound so bad? Sirius is showing off LIVE video at CES, yet the SQ on the music channels still sound great.

Sirius improved their SQ within the last 3 months. XM continues to add more useless data features, like a parking lot finder, and their SSSSSSSSSQ continuessssss to get worssssssse.

if XM's traffic and data services take up such little bandwidth, why do their music channels sound so bad? Sirius is showing off LIVE video at CES, yet the SQ on the music channels still sound great.

Sirius improved their SQ within the last 3 months. XM continues to add more useless data features, like a parking lot finder, and their SSSSSSSSSQ continuessssss to get worssssssse.

not to mention its all about your kids leaving the house and getting in the car and watching what they just saw on their home T.V. ie. Cartoon Network.

pssst - philmore I hate to tell you this, but the majority of people think XM has superior sound quality over Sirius. Just thought you should know before you make a fool of yourself.

"XM content sucks. I bet your favorite channel is Oprah and Friends, you fruit. It looks like Disney will be the content provider. Hmmmmm, don't they own ESPN, and ABC also?"

Guess who's Disney's largest single shareholder:

Steve Jobs.

Very interesting...

Apple + Disney + Sirius = SiriPhone!!!

I kid. But that would be cool.

Philmore: Just a quick thing to point out, I don't know for sure if the content being shown at CES was actually "live" content from the sats. At CES alot of the stuff on display are simply mockups and concepts. Sirius said that the SC-V1 Audio/Video Tuner will be available in Spring.

In terms of bandwidth, the XM Weather service takes up less bandwidth than a single traffic channel.

And the SQ for both services are "good enough" for most, but for the hardcore audiophile... they both pretty much suck.

I think the idea is good, but i think it would depend mainly on how much extra we would need to pay. I personally would not go for this if the fee is more than 5 dollars a month. Something like this is nice for long road trips but how many times do we go on a long road trips?

Also this is a different animal then Sat Radio. with Radio content, the equipment customer needs to buy is usually around $100 (more or less) and you are set. You can listen in the car or you can even listen at home if you get portable units.
For TV, not every car has a backseat TV so initial cost for customer is much larger for those who does not have monitors in the car. And for those who have monitors in the car probably has DVD players already. I use netflix and when I am going on a road trip, I get a number of DVDs for kids so they can watch in the car. You can stop and pause when we make stops.

Would I need to pay for something that does not get used every day? Hm....

LMAO at the jackass who thinks Sirius made a bad business decision by hiring Stern! Tell that to XM execs if you can find any of them...they're probably still holed up an their offices kicking themselves. That is if they haven't already hung themselves by their neckties. The pressure's on XM!

Wow Why is everyone talking about Howard stern. I have yet to even turn it to that channal but I do have a pioneer Z1 and the tv tuner and I love watching sports when I have to be on the road for work. Or of coarse if the wife is yelling about going somewhere she can still catch the american idiol there like last night. But the tv tuner is pretty fuzzy at times it sure would be fun to see satelite tv clear and on demand. Piss on stern over paid talk show host. Put the money into less wasted channels of just junk and add TV and fun exciting channels then maybe the stock would rise.
Come sirius step it up

Listen up... The choice between Sirius and XM is purely subjective when it comes to content. However when it comes to reception, Sirius gets the upper hand. I lived in Ft.McMurray northern Canada where XM receivers were just overpriced useless thinginajiggys. Sirius was the one with wikkid reception in the Canadian North. I think the Sirius radio could be one of the best purchases I've made in my entire life. The cost: insignificant. I'll subscribe for many years to come.
As for backseat tv. Some people will embrace it, others will trash it. Just don't trash the idea on account of the company logo. The fact of the matter is that portable wireless tv is here... hopefully to stay. I don't know much about the technological limitations or quality of picture but this could even be an alternative to cable tv at home. It would definitely snap you out of your boring road trip DVD/pirated DVD collection. It would make traffic jams interesting. And it would pave the road for one of those siriPhones as well (wink).
Take-Care

I'll sign up reguardless of the price..so will millions of others

I would sign up in a minute..so will millions more

Finally a great idea at a great price.
I'm a OTR truck driver and this will be a big advantage over "rabbit ears". It would be nice after a long day of driving to be able to relax and watch a favorite program.
Some people can "groan" all they want but there will be a huge market for this.

how cool would it be if you were tailgaiting at a football game and could switch around between all the games on a sunday...

This would be awesome if they can get decent programming. I don't really care about the Cartoon Network, though I can imagine people with kids make a tempting target market. We tailgate at football games quite a bit and listen to other college games on Sirius. If we could actually watch them, that would be even better. DirecTV has a suitcase package that looks cumbersome and clunky for $1000. If I can get video-out and attach my own monitor for $299, I would be very tempted.

I read most of the comments, agree that it will be a restricted market. Like for those that have children, or grandchildren. (not many there?) Then if you have a brain injured child that is hyper-active, that needs a constant source of entertainment, then this is going to be a blessing. We make a 19 hour trip a couple times a year, one way. This child doesn't sleep the entire trip. We will own one for sure, XM really doesn't compete with Sirius. Not worth mentioning.
At $299, this is worth every penny, even with just 3 Childrens Channels. I bet they will add more later on.

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