Times are changing quite fast. Before you know it, you’d have to say goodbye to your old CD collection for good. Ford earlier introduced the SmartLink 4G plugin connectivity for its older models to provide Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 8 smart devices simultaneously. Now, Ford is once again introducing another breakthrough with its latest in-vehicle live stream TV infotainment option. This time, the live TV streaming technology will be offered to some of its latest models; one of which is the 2018 Ford Expedition with dual headrest entertainment system viewable at the rear seats.
Passengers seated at the second row can get to enjoy their Slingbox subscription to watch live TV. The Slingbox is the first of its kind to be available as an in-vehicle TV platform. A so-called SlingPlayer app is needed to run the Slingbox device since both of these are products of the Sling Media company. How does it work? First, you need to connect your home cable or TV satellite to the Slingbox device. Together with SlingPlayer application, the built-in system can let you receive signal over the Internet.
The entertainment system comes with two monitors measuring eight inches each, built within the headrests of the font seats. It lets the passengers not miss on any live sport events, news streams, movies and videos whether from a satellite system or home cable with the use of their Slingbox account.
There is also VOXXHirchmann’s EVO that gives the owner a good list of video content through the use of SD card, USB, HDMI, DVD Player or streaming. Ford’s in-vehicle wireless hotspot can now hook up as many as 10 smart devices within 15 meters or a 50-feet distance.
As for the two monitors, the new infotainment system features touch control tabs below the screen and runs with any Android and iOS mobile applications. Aside from the built-in monitors, the new system can also play the same video simultaneously for up to three mobile devices.
Based on a recent study conducted by Nielsen, the CD sales continue to decline. That’s because more people are now into streaming services and digital music files. Also according to Ford, one out of three consumers in the US is now into music streaming applications.
For that same reason, the new Ford EcoSport receives a new technology and new updates that offer better choices while also providing the users an easier access to their gadgets and personal belongings. In fact, the new EcoSport will also be offered with a Wi-Fi hub and a new touch screen to replace the traditional CD player. Well, if there’s anything more to say, it’s that Ford surely knows how to go along with the times.