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.
"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.