09-22-2011, 11:39 PM
Is there a way we can watch DVD movies in the car. It would be great on longer trips for the kids to be able to watch dvd movies.
Or can I stream them from an ipod or usb to do the same thing on the dvd player?
09-23-2011, 12:17 AM
When parked, yes. When driving, no. There may be some hacks coming, but how would you be able to concentrate on putting on your makeup and texting if you are also watching a movie while driving? :-)
Seriously, there are standalone DVD players you can buy for rear seat use.
09-23-2011, 07:49 AM
Doing a Google search, many different hacks to be able to watch video while driving come up; usually someone wanting to make a few bucks of blood money from naive car owners. A little harder to find on Google (but just as relevant) is the toll in human health and life (for the guilty and innocent people in the way) resulting from distracted driving, including watching video while driving. Posts on how to watch video are sprouting up all over gm-volt.com this morning.
"Three Common Causes of Truck Accidents" (http://www.submityourarticle.com/articles/Paul-Lindquist-19678/truck-accidents-213746.php) includes, in the number one category of driver negligence, "watching video". And this is data for professional truck drivers, who should be the best and most experienced drivers on the road. What happens when your teenage daughter takes your example and crashes and dies on her way back to college?
09-23-2011, 08:12 AM
Yep all the post about this topic say it is 'for the kids on long trips'. True for many I'm sure but so many cheap DVD players (lap/backrest) that will be a LOT closer to the kids and more enjoyable. AND they get their own headphone jack. <-- this is a main missing point that I question why people really want their cars (general) DVD player in the console to play DVDs 'for the kids on long trips'.
NOTE that the DVD still plays audio so if you have a concert DVD you can still listen to it.
09-23-2011, 11:21 AM
Each of my kids has a $100 iPod Touch. Throw some movies and games and trips go by without incident. We also avoid the complaint of "who gets to watch what" if you only have one screen.
Chevrolet Customer Svc
09-23-2011, 12:25 PM
The DVD player will not work when the Volt is driving for safety reasons. I agree it would be nice for longer trips with kids, but there are safer alternatives such as the mentioned iPods or stand alone DVD players.
09-23-2011, 02:53 PM
I think a cheapy DVD player is a BAD choice. It will break in a year and you'll throw it in the garbage. Even if you get it to last for 2-3 years... it will be worth $25 bucks 2 weeks after you buy it... so where's the economy in that?!
I think that a $300 used iPad would be the best choice. Games, movies... and more. If 2 kids wanted to watch the same movie they really could. I remember riding a bus around Thailand for days and watching episodes of "the Simpsons" on my little bitty iPod Nano... It works better than you think.. if its a good movie/show it sucks you in and you forget how small the screen is. But a ipad or ipod and get a case that will mount where you want it.
09-23-2011, 03:27 PM
The new Amazon tablet supposedly coming out for $250 in a month or two may also be a decent choice, I'm likely getting one if the specs on battery life & screen res fit my needs. May be hard to get an ipad for $300, they seem to be going for more than that on ebay.
There are various cases available made to hang off the back of a car seat.