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Satellite TV for your car
January 5, 2005; 6:45pm
Downside: As slim as this product is in comparison to a home-mounted system, it's still relatively bulky. Also, the A5 doesn't do two-way data--it's not an Internet dish. For that, see competitor RaySat.
The price: $2,295, and it requires professional installation.
The prospects: A big market. KVH claims a third of new SUVs and minivans sold in 2004 came with some sort of video screen. This technology allows these screens to display live TV, not just play DVDs, as most do today. Phased-array satellite dishes will keep getting smaller, and within a model year or two, some auto manufacturers may start to offer them as factory options.
By Rafe Needleman, editor, CNET Reviews
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