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3. Automotive Video Entertainment > 23. Understand Video Connectors

Understand Video Connectors

If you can connect a VCR or game console to your television, you can connect a video screen in your car.

Televisions have been finding their way into cars since the early 1980s, when miniature 12V-powered TV sets appeared on the market. Picture tubes were long and unwieldy, though, and the small space available in a car made them impractical for rear-seat entertainment. Tiny LCD flat-screen TVs were initially installed in airplanes for in-flight entertainment, but once they started coming down in price they began migrating from the airplane to the car.

While larger LCD screens are designed to connect to computers, most small LCD screens are configured to connect to VCRs and DVD players, and thus have the same kinds of inputs as a television. The screens used for factory navigation systems use yet another method of connection.


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