Ford announced that rear-seat passengers in the all-new 2018 Expedition will be able to watch live streaming cable television in the vehicle using SlingPlayer software that’s embedded into the premium EVO infotainment package available for the big SUV, which also have a Wi-Fi hotspot capable of supporting up to 10 devices within 50 feet.

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Developed by VOXXHirschmann Corp., the EVO system connects to the owner’s residential cable or satellite system using SlingBox hardware and gives Ford the distinction of being the first automaker to offer this type of home-to-vehicle link.

Third row connectivity

The EVO kit includes two 8.0-inch monitors integrated into the back of the front-seat headrests and two wireless headsets as well as a secure, in-vehicle wireless hub that allows passengers in the third row to connect to the network via a downloadable app on their mobile device. It can be used to view program materials or play games sourced from a DVD player, HDMI, USB drive or SD card.

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“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.”

New EcoSport: No CD for you

At the other end of its SUV spectrum, Ford confirmed the new EcoSport mini-ute that will launch here early next year will not be available with a CD player but instead will offer Wi-Fi connectivity. It cited millennial’s marked preferences for streaming and subscription audio as the main impetus behind the move, which will see the dash space it vacates occupied by new horizontal stow bin above the glovebox. The automaker also said the EcoSport will offer its own version of the B&O PLAY Premium Audio System as well as Sync Connect with FordPass.

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