Tuesday, February 5, 2013

JVC Mobile Entertainment Embraces Smartphone Integration and Pushes Industry First HD Radio™ “Active Alerts” Feature in 2013 Navigation Units

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8, 2013 — JVC Mobile Entertainment, the premier developer and manufacturer of sophisticated mobile, audio, and video products, today unveiled the new KW-NT310KW-NT510HDT, and the KW-NT810HDT navigation units for 2013, which offer much more than responsive route directions but also enable the driver simultaneous access to enhanced features including HD Radio™ Active Alerts, iHeartRadio’s, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s all-in-one digital radio service, “My Stations” feature and extended compatibility with internet streaming radio services for Android phones. Out of the three new in-dash navigation units, two are 6.1-inch touchscreen models and the other is a 7-inch motorized touchscreen.
For the first time on all three navigation systems, JVC Mobile Entertainment has streamlined its smartphone integration to include Android phone support via Bluetooth® serial port profile (SPP) and control for Pandora® and iHeartRadio apps (Spring 2013). Continuing from last year’s models, iPhone® users will still be able to connect to the same apps using a USB connection. New for 2013, The HD Radio™ network has been enhanced with the industry’s first digital Active Alerts, which allows drivers to receive real-time weather advisories directly on the navigation system’s display.
All three new models are SiriusXM-Ready™ and are capable of receiving SiriusXM’s expanded commercial-free music, sports and comedy channel lineup as well as SiriusXM Latino, a suite of Spanish-language programming.
JVC has been named an International CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for the top-end KW-NT810HDT Navigation Receiver. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 29 product categories.
The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.
JVC has taken the HD Radio™ package with iHeartRadio music streaming services and added Active Alerts, an industry first. The Active Alerts feature displays federal government alert service in text form on the navigation screen to alert drivers the instant an emergency or severe weather alert is issued and help keep them informed wherever they are. Total Traffic Network also provides real-time traffic updates, sports, entertainment, weather and news information on-screen with a free lifetime subscription on compatible in-dash receivers. Both the KW-NT510HDT and the KW-NT810HDT will come standard with two HD Radio™ tuners: One for Total Traffic Network with HD Radio™ and Active Alerts and the other for audio station tuning.
SiriusXM Ready™ (KW-NT310, KW-NT510HDT, KW-NT810HDT)
Additionally, all three new models are SiriusXM-Ready™ and offer the capability of receiving SiriusXM’s commercial-free music, premier sports talk and live events, comedy, news and exclusive talk and entertainment, and SiriusXM Latino, the most comprehensive Latin music, sports and talk programming in radio. SiriusXM programming is received through the SXV200 SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit (sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required).  The SXV200 is a compact solution that can be mounted behind the dashboard and connects directly to the receiver using one simple cable. It is also plug and play – there are no translators or tuner programming required.
iHeartRadio (KW-NT310, KW-NT510HDT, KW-NT810HDT)
New receiver models will have wireless access to the iHeartRadio app on Android smart phones through a Bluetooth® serial port profile (SPP) along with iPhone® and iPod® users via USB connection. The KW-NT310KW-NT510HDT and the KW-NT810HDT units, along with access to more than 1,500 live radio stations, will allow iHeartRadio users the ability to create custom stations inspired by a song users are listening to, save favorite stations for easy future listening and access stations saved from other devices via “My Stations.” These new receivers will also allow iHeartRadio listeners to utilize the app’s social sharing functions and thumb-up or thumb-down songs on custom stations.  This app can be easily accessed on the mobile device as well as on the head unit and will be available for download in Spring 2013 from the respective cell phone manufacturers’ app stores.
NaviBridge  (KW-NT310, KW-NT510HDT, KW-NT810HDT)
All new three navigation units will work with the NaviBridge app for iPhone® using a USB connection and Android phones with a Bluetooth® connection. This free app lets users search for points of interest then transfers the GPS coordinates to the head unit to use for turn-by-turn navigation. New for 2013, the application is now designed to work with Android phones, which previously only worked with iPhones. NaviBridge will also work with popular social-networking sites to locate points of interest such as Localscope, Around Me and others. All three new navigation head units will ship in January.
The KW-NT310 will offer control of iHeartRadio now including its custom station and “My Stations” features, Android Bluetooth® connectivity and NaviBridge capability for 2013. In addition, this DVD/CD/USB/SD Navigation receiver with a 6.1-inch touch panel features Bluetooth® wireless technology, and map features such as: Junction View, Off-Axis View, 3D Viewing with 3-D Footprint, 360 degree rotation and built-in color 3D landmark icons in most major cities. In addition the unit offers voice guidance with turn-by-turn voice commands. The unit offers a 1A current capable rear USB port with drive change mode and over 30,000 variable-color illumination choices. The KW-NT310 will be available in January at a Best Value of $999.95.
The KW-NT510HDT Navigation is also a 6.1-inch LCD monitor that adds built-in HD Radio™ audio and data tuners and has upgraded to HD Radio™ Active Alerts, including a free lifetime subscription to Clear Channel Radio’s Total Traffic HD+/Total Traffic Connect providing on-screen news, sports, weather, and real-time traffic updates with free flow data. HD Radio™ enabled features, Bookmark and Channel Guide, complete the HD Radio™ complement of features. The unit also includes compatibility with iHeartRadio and its custom stations and “My Stations” features, Android Bluetooth connectivity and NaviBridge capability for 2013.  The unit is available in January with a Best Value of $1099.95.
The KW-NT810HDT Navigation unit carries the same common features of these models with a 7-inch motorized faceplate and has built-in HD Radio™ audio and data tuners as well as the HD Radio™ Active Alerts feature. Also included is a free lifetime subscription to Clear Channel Radio’s Total Traffic HD+/Total Traffic Connect for on-screen news, sports, weather, and real-time traffic updates. Bookmark and Channel Guide, two additional HD Radio™ Technology enabled features are also included. The navigation head unit has been upgraded for 2013 to include iHeartRadio and its custom stations and “My Stations” features, Android connectivity with Bluetooth® and NaviBridge capability. The KW-NT810HDT ships in January with a Best Value of $1,299.95.
About JVC Mobile Entertainment:
JVC Mobile Entertainment products are marketed by JVC Car Entertainment, a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC Americas markets a full line of mobile, video and audio equipment for the consumer and professional markets.
For further product information, visit www.mobile.jvc.com or call 1-800-526-5308.
About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
With 239 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 cities through 850 owned radio stations. The company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, Sirius/XM satellite, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile application on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems from TomTom, Garmin and others. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at clearchannel.com, clearchanneloutdoor.com and ccmediaholdings.com.
About Total Traffic Network
Total Traffic Network, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications, delivers real-time traffic data to over 3000 radio and 200 television affiliates, as well as its internet and mobile partnerships, reaching more than 200 million consumers each week. Total Traffic Network services over 100 markets in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Total Traffic Network operates the largest broadcast traffic navigation network in North America, providing RDS-TMC, enhanced HD-TMC and TPEG services.  Total Traffic Network has expanded its infotainment offerings to include news, weather and sports content. For more information, please visit www.totaltraffic.com.
HD Radio™ and HD Radio Active Alerts™ are proprietary trademarks of iBiquity Digital Corporation.
Sirius, XM, SiriusXM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc. and its subsidiaries.

Source: JVC Newsroom Press Release.

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