In 2007, Chrysler and Sirius satellite radio announced that Sirius satellite VIDEO receivers will be available in 2008 model cars. Chrysler will be the first to feature these players in its Town & Country and Grand Caravan Mini-Van. Sirius has announced plans to begin broadcasting some type of children’s video programming in 2007.
Yes, you read right. Sirius Satellite VIDEO (not audio).
Although currently used mainly for music and other forms of radio programming, satellite radio systems are technically capable of delivering any type of data, including audio, text and video. Two or three stations are planned for the initial launch and will be mainly, if not exclusively, used for children’s programming; Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and The Disney Channel have been mentioned by some sources. The video service will be offered to current Sirius subscribers for an additional fee.
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Sirius’s video service is still in the early stages and many questions remain unanswered such as the quality of the video signal and whether the video would be streamed live or perhaps downloaded onto hard drive based players for later viewing, which would likely lead to higher quality video at the cost of instant viewing. Sirius will be working with Microsoft using Microsoft’s Windows Media Video 9.0 technology.
XM and Sirius Satellite have announced their intent to merge. If the government approves the merger it will likely have little affect on Sirius’s plans and may open up additional bandwidth for video signals. If the merger fails, XM has shown little interest in offering video programming of its own. While the possibility wasn’t ruled out entirely, XM’s chairman has stated that they are “not in the video business.”
If you don't want to buy a Chrysler vehicle, it's likely you can buy a standalone receiver for Sirius’s video service which will likely go on sale soon before the service’s official launch.