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AT&T CruiseCast Stops Activations

10/07/2009 11:43:17 AM Eastern

Dallas - AT&T Cruisecast, the satellite-TV service for
the car that officially launched in June, has ceased activations and is no
longer taking orders for its receivers.

 AT&T CruiseCast is no longer taking orders for its receivers.

"RaySat will no longer be supporting any more activations of AT&T CruiseCast from this point moving forward" and is "not fulfilling any equipment orders, anymore," said a message on the phone of Bill Blades, program manager at RaySat, which partnered with AT&T to create AT&T CruiseCast.
An AT&T CruiseCast spokesman was unable to respond yesterday. It is not clear whether service will continue for existing customers.
The $1,299 CruiseCast system offered 22 channels of video and 20 channels of audio and was carried by more than 600 retailers, including Car Toys and Crutchfield. It required a service fee of $28/month.
The product is no longer shown on Crutchfield.com although it is still shown on CarToys.com.
A competing car TV service from Audiovox, using Qualcomm's FLO TV, is expected to debut in the fourth quarter. Equipment will carry a price of approximately $599 to $699 with one year of free service.