Avis and Budget adding satellite TV to rental cars

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— Courtesy Electronista

Within the next six months, rental car companies Avis and Budget will deploy AT&T;'s new in-car live TV Cruisecast service, with 22 channels of satellite TV and 20 satellite radio channels. The cost will be $9 a day, or $63 a week.

The blogger Electronista gave the service a test-drive. The quality of the standard-definition signal depends on having line-of-sight with the satellite. In other words, if you go into a tunnel or underneath a skyscraper, your TV or radio signal may be interrupted. But the tester found that the signal was strong at other times.

Channels included are Disney, Disney XD, Discovery Kids, Animal Planet, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network Mobile, USA, Comedy Central, MSNBC, CNN Mobile Live, and CNBC.

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