In-car leisure systems have turn out to be a lot extra subtle with the daybreak of the linked automotive, with the likes of Spotify now integrated into many vehicles, whereas Google not too long ago revealed it was developing a version of Android specifically for cars that works with out the necessity of a smartphone.
Put merely, automobiles are quick changing into the brand new battleground for know-how and leisure corporations to realize a foothold to promote their respective providers.
One notable omission from present in-car leisure systems is video — that’s, mainstream visible leisure providers hardwired into the very cloth of the car. There’s in fact good purpose for that, one among them being that drivers shouldn’t be distracted whereas navigating busy thoroughfares. However pay TV community Epix has at present supplied some details round its video streaming app that’s being built-in into the 2018 Honda Odyssey.
Honda’s upgraded fifth-generation minivan was announced earlier this yr, and we already knew all about its on-board infotainment system and 10.2″ rear-entertainment display that swings down from the roof, able to screening content material from the automotive’s built-in Blu-ray participant and any device plugged into the HDMI port.
Whereas it’s already doable to stream something you want in any automotive by means of a smartphone or pill, or in some autos by tapping the built-in HDMI and USB ports to hook your Chromecast up, a bona fide cable TV community constructed into the car’s cloth represents a minor milestone for the linked automotive revolution.
MGM-owned Epix is making its slate of subscription-based motion pictures and exhibits available to these sitting within the second and third rows of the Honda Odyssey, which is completely in step with the “family focused” side of the automotive. These hour-long journeys to soccer observe or household road-trips out of the blue get quite a bit simpler with the likes of Epix and PBS Youngsters — which has additionally been announced beforehand for the brand new Honda Odyssey — onboard.
“As vehicles evolve to become the ultimate mobile device, we are pleased to work with Honda to develop new entertainment experiences for second and third-row passengers and pioneer this next chapter of streaming video and true TV everywhere,” famous Epix CEO and president Mark Greenberg.
Honda riders have entry to round 2,000 motion pictures and exhibits from this library, in addition to 4 stay linear channels, and the flexibility to “queue” content material — that is notably helpful for folks who don’t wish to be fiddling round discovering new exhibits to placed on whereas driving at 80mph. Rear-seat passengers are additionally in a position to management their leisure with out counting on these up entrance.
Moreover, if a driver wants silence, the youngsters within the again can connect to the system by way of wi-fi headphones, or the motive force can merely flip off their front-row audio system to attenuate the racket. The Honda really comes with a variety of neat new options to allow front-to-back communications, together with CabinWatch and CabinTalk which not only lets these within the entrance observe rear-based passengers by means of their dashboard display, but additionally discuss to them by means of a built-in microphone. Even if the youngsters within the again are sporting wi-fi headphones, the audio from the display is muted every time the mic is activated.
Transferring ahead, Epix stated that it has a “deep roadmap of innovative features” developing, together with the flexibility to obtain content material to the Honda leisure system utilizing “other mobile devices in and out of vehicles,” in line with Epix chief digital officer, Jon Dakss. “We’re also tracking the rapid technological advances in the autonomous vehicle space as we believe they will create extraordinary new ways for people to access premium content while they travel,” he added.
Costing $9.99 per 30 days, Epix is available by means of games consoles, smatphones, tablets, good TVs, set-top bins, and now linked automobiles.