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Audiovox Readies In-Car Media Hub

HAUPPUAGE, N.Y. — Audiovox Electronics is readying an in-car media server for rear-seat entertainment which is scheduled to be introduced during the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas during January.

The Media Hub, which can be installed in the vehicle in a variety of locations, will enable consumers to view preloaded content on their smartphones or tablets, as well as stream it to rear-seat screens, Tom Malone, Audiovox Electronics president, told TWICE.

The “content server” will feature built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as an SD card slot and USB port, according to Malone.

Two versions will be offered: one with a DVD player and one without.

The first generation will let up to eight users watch two different types of content simultaneously (from an SD card and a DVD player, for example), while future generations could enable more types, Malone said.

The ability to access Dyle TV will also be a possibility, and can be added if consumers show a preference for it, the Audiovox executive noted.

Malone also said Audiovox also plans to develop “smart screens” that can be installed in backseats and headrests to use with the system.

Pricing wasn’t set at press time; it’s scheduled to be available in early spring.