AT&T Cruisecast brings live satellite TV to your family truckster

Last week, Annie wrote about AT&T’s new mobile TV service. While that is a fantastic service for people who don’t mind watching their favorite shows on a small screen, it isn’t really suitable if you need to keep your kids entertained on a cross country trip.

If you want real TV in the back of your car, then AT&T has something else cool for you – the service is called Cruisecast, and offers nationwide live satellite TV.

Unlike other mobile satellite TV services, Cruisecast only needs a small antenna to pick up the signal. The channel lineup offers 22 TV and 20 radio channels.

Included in the lineup is of course everything you need to keep kids happy – including 2 Disney channels, Nickelodeon (and their toddler version, Noggin), Discovery Kids and Cartoon Network. Adults will appreciate access to ESPN Mobile, NFL Mobile, USA Network, SCIFI and more.

There is good news and bad news about the service – the good news is that all these channels only cost $28 per month, the bad news is that the equipment will cost you $1299 plus installation costs. That said – a comparable satellite based system retails for about $2400. Of course, you’ll need to add the cost of TV screens if your vehicle is not yet equipped with them.

Alternatively, you could always tell the kids to “shut up and play I Spy”, just like my parents made me do when I sat in the back of the car.