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Tesla Adds Netflix, YouTube Streaming to In-Car Content


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Tesla owners will soon be able to stream Netflix, YouTube directly to their car (via Bram Van Oost/Unsplash)

Tesla is taking Netflix and chill on the road with new streaming features.

The luxury car manufacturer will “soon” offer YouTube and Netflix streaming in stationary vehicles.

Watch the final season of Orange Is the New Black while waiting for a slow passenger or catch up on the latest makeup trends as you kill time in a parking lot.

“Has an amazingly immersive, cinematic feel due to the comfy seats and surround sound audio,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk teased in a tweet.

Ability to stream YouTube & Netflix when car is stopped coming to your Tesla soon! Has an amazingly immersive, cinematic feel due to the comfy seats & surround sound audio.

— e^👁🥧 (@elonmusk) July 27, 2019

For now, you’ll have to bring the car to a complete stop before pressing play.

On-the-move viewing should eventually be allowed—once regulators approve Tesla’s full self-driving capabilities. (Which probably won’t be any time soon; autonomous driving is currently legal only in very limited capacities.)

The famously tight-lipped company has not yet revealed any further details.

Musk, however, hinted at a possible summer-time release.

Maybe August, not more than a few months

— e^👁🥧 (@elonmusk) July 27, 2019

As Engadget pointed out, the upcoming function is likely to appeal to owners of lower-end Teslas like the Model 3 and impending Model Y, which boast wide-aspect screens well-suited to video.

The Model S and X technically have larger displays, but they’re oriented vertically, meaning you lose a lot of space watching horizontal content.

Tesla has slowly been fortifying its infotainment system with video games, from classic Atari titles like Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Control to mobile favorites 2048 and Breakout.

And soon, the “insanely difficult” indie run-and-gun game Cuphead.

At last month’s E3 expo, Musk revealed several other titles slated to hit electric vehicles, including Beach Buggy Racing 2 and Fallout Shelter.

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