Monday, December 11, 2006

Satellite Radio: Cars As Living Rooms On Wheels

Cars: the rolling entertainment hub
New technology allows your car to be your livingroom. Plus, it's got wheels.
By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNNMoney.com staff writer, December 11 2006: 4:17 PM EST

Minivans and big SUVs are sometimes referred to as "living rooms on wheels." As entertainment technology improves, shrinks and becomes more portable, that expression is becoming more and more literal.
Computers and hard drives installed in car dashboards allow for "ripping" and storing MP3s right in the car. There are also new radio options besides the old AM and FM. And, if you really want to feel like you're at home, you can even watch live TV in your car...

...Radio of the future
Satellite radio, from either
Sirius (Charts) or XM (Charts), is an option available from nearly all car manufacturers today. They offer hundreds of channels of music and talk defined down to the sub-sub-sub-genre. XM Radio, for example offers three slightly different alternative music channels called "Fred," "Ethel" and "Lucy." (No, there is no Latin Alternative channel called "Desi.")
A subscription to either service costs about $13 a month. Some carmakers offer a free subscription period when you get satellite radio as an option in your car.
Satellite-enabled radios can also be bought as aftermarket items and installed in any car. Some even double as portable satellite radio receivers for use in your home
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