Review: SIRIUS Backseat TV SCV1

The Sirius Backseat TV allows you receive family programming 24/7 from channels like Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network Mobile, right from your car, truck, or boat. Tests on this unit reveal that it loads quicker than expected and has decent picture quality for the size screen used. You cannot watch full shows from Cartoon Network Mobile, only shows 2-8 mins in duration and on a selected basis. All other channels act as normal. I tested it with a rearview mirror monitor, but a more traditional application maybe more beneficial.

The Unit’s Display is sufficient and the double remote feature is clever. The rear seat TV is controlled by either a small display panel up-front or an oversized remote built for small, apple juice covered hands. The fact that I can listen to my SIRIUS radio up front and my nieces and nephews (as I do not have kids…yet) can watch SpongeBob in the back, makes this unit very appealing and makes me the favorite uncle.

The BackSeat TV can offer more than ever expected with a Sirius tuner. The ability to stream TV over Sirius’s satellites is beyond compare with any other media. It remains cost efficient and satisfying to the general user. All you HDTV fans be wary–it does not come in 1080i or 720p. You can expect to have quality sound and video with the added standard SIRIUS radio bandwidth and reception. The dual antenna setup is clutch; it really helps retain signal even when you are not in an area with great coverage. Imagine never again having to worry about entertaining the kids in the car–and you can still listen to ESPN. The Sirius programming is so diverse, anyone can find a channel they enjoy. Many 2008 Dodge and Chrysler models will have the Sirius Backseat TV as a factory option, so check with your local dealership if you are in the market for a new vehicle.

Here’s a more detailed break down of the SIRIUS BackSeat TV SCV1. The SCV1 gives you the ability to listen to Sirius Satellite Radio in the front of the car and watch Sirius Backseat TV in the back (on most aftermarket and factory installed radios and video monitors that have auxiliary inputs). The Sirius Backseat TV SCV1 comes with:

SCV1 Audio/Video Tuner
Wired Display Control Unit
Audio Remote Control
Video Remote Control
Remote Eye(For Rear-seat Video Control)
FM Switching Interface
Two Mini Magnetic Satellite Antennas
Audio/Video Cables

User Guide

You will need an existing Video screen or you will have to place one in your vehicle. This unit does not include a video screen.

Joshua Kincaide is in his early 20’s and engaged. He’s an Internet Marketing and Social Media Director by day and an avid electronics blogger by night. Check out his SIRIUS Satellite Radio Blog.

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