FORD AD­VANCES VE­HI­CLE EN­TER­TAIN­MENT WITH LIVE TV STREAM­ING, WI-FI HOT SPOTS

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FORD IS REINVENTING THE WAY DRIV­ERS AND PAS­SEN­GERS EN­TER­TAIN THEM­SELVES WHILE ON THE ROAD, OF­FER­ING NEW WAYS TO WIRELESSLY

STREAM LIVE TV AND LIS­TEN TO MU­SIC IN ITS NEW­EST SUVS.

Th­ese new fea­tures are a re­sult of shift­ing trends to­ward stream­ing ser­vices, such as tele­vi­sion shows, movies, mu­sic, pod­casts and more. For ex­am­ple, one in three U.S. con­sumers cur­rently lis­ten to stream­ing mu­sic, ac­cord­ing to trade as­so­ci­a­tion IFPI, with Gen­er­a­tion Z and Mil­len­ni­als stream­ing at a more fre­quent rate.

In the all-new Ex­pe­di­tion, com­ing this fall, an avail­able Wi-fi hotspot sup­ports as many as 10 de­vices at once—up to 50 feet from the ve­hi­cle—while an avail­able dual-head­rest rear-seat en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem pro­vides a next-gen­er­a­tion video ex­pe­ri­ence that al­lows pas­sen­gers to watch live TV via Sling­player on ei­ther of two video screens. The sys­tem rep­re­sents the first time Sling­player, which con­nects to a user’s home Sling­box ac­count, is of­fered in an au­to­mo­bile.

“This en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem cre­ates an en­tirely new view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in the ve­hi­cle,” said Craig Pat­ter­son, Ford Ex­pe­di­tion brand mar­ket­ing man­ager. “It brings the smart TV ex­pe­ri­ence to Ex­pe­di­tion. To­gether, they com­pletely change the dy­namic of a fam­ily road trip.”

Sling­player is soft­ware em­bed­ded into the en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem that lets pas­sen­gers con­nect to a home-based Sling­box sys­tem to watch and con­trol the TV sig­nal.

Pas­sen­gers can use ad­di­tional sources to view con­tent, in­clud­ing a DVD player,

HDMI, USB and SD card. Pas­sen­gers can watch con­tent from their An­droid-based smart­phone equipped with Mira­cast stream­ing. They can also stream video to the dis­plays us­ing the en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem app’s Smart­stream func­tion on com­pat­i­ble IOS or An­droid de­vices.

The new Ex­pe­di­tion also of­fers stream-friendly tech­nol­ogy in­clud­ing Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto ca­pa­bil­ity, Sir­iusxm ra­dio, an 8-inch touch­screen, and USB ports and power out­lets that al­low cus­tomers to con­nect and charge their many de­vices and lis­ten to or watch con­tent on-de­mand.

Th­ese me­dia ex­pe­ri­ences are bol­stered by the high­qual­ity au­dio of the avail­able Ford-exclusive B&O PLAY Pre­mium Au­dio Sys­tem.

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