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      11-29-2012, 09:34 AM   #1
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Rear Seat Entertainment Retrofit

I'm trying to figure out how I can retrofit RSE to my 2011 550i. I have two small kids, and this would be beneficial for them. Not my favorite spot to spend money on mods, but hey, kids are first.

Sooo...does anybody have any ideas? I've looked at the BMW kit for $600, and it's not well integrated at all. It's really just a couple of screens with one DVD. No controls in the front, no playing through the speakers, and the remote control is the only control mechanism...not gonna work.

Has anyone else thought of ways to do this? I tried searching, and it seems like no one has really cracked this.
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      11-30-2012, 01:19 AM   #2
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Not a DVD solution but I just bought an iPad headrest bracket, attached it to passenger seat headrest. Insert ipad (or any tablet, one we bought is universal fitting) and you're done.

Bracket fits well and bonus is when you get where you are going just take iPad out and use at destination. With the rise of tablets and now decent brackets I really cannot see DVD rear entertainment options surviving much longer. Now I just need to find an app that will let my wife control said iPad from her front seat using Bluetooth to save her having to reach around whenever he wants program changed
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This mine on my 535 from BMW, does play via speakers or head-phones and you can control it fom the front (Idrive) or via remote control, one DVD player.
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      11-30-2012, 12:08 PM   #4
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I just bought the Grip Daddy Bracket for my 550 and its perfect.

http://gripdaddymounts.com/v2arm.html

I use it all the time for my kids on road trips and its puts the IPad right in the center between the two front seats. If you decide to order make sure you tell them you need bigger hooks for the BMW. The hooks that come with it are too small for the thick posts on the headrest.
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This mine on my 535 from BMW, does play via speakers or head-phones and you can control it fom the front (Idrive) or via remote control, one DVD player.
Yep, but that is a factory system, not added at the dealer, right? If so, I wonder if I can retrofit it?
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      12-06-2012, 06:10 AM   #6
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Great thread! I too am interested in options for getting rear entertainment screens in my F10 w/ contour front seats.

I like the idea of iPad (tablet) brackets, ONLY if they look factory clean. I have a grey interior, so this visual integration can get tricky.
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i wish i had the factory RES. the ipad thing is great if you have older kids. i have a 1.5 yr old and i want to be able to control the dvd from the front. my wife wont let me take my car on road trips because of the lack of RES which is annoying.. in the city it's not a problem but sometimes on a 8-10 hr drive you need something to keep them distracted lol
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Now I just need to find an app that will let my wife control said iPad from her front seat using Bluetooth to save her having to reach around whenever he wants program changed
I have no idea how much it costs, but there's an app called Keynote in Apple's iWork software that allows you to control an iPad remotely from an iPhone. You could use this to control the display on an iPad used for rear seat entertainment.

www.apple.com/iwork/keynote
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      12-07-2012, 12:29 AM   #9
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That is a great tip OzDriver.

No one has mentioned the official BMW iPad holder:

http://www.bmw.com/com/en/owners/acc...ity/index.html
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I have no idea how much it costs, but there's an app called Keynote in Apple's iWork software that allows you to control an iPad remotely from an iPhone. You could use this to control the display on an iPad used for rear seat entertainment.

www.apple.com/iwork/keynote
really? I'll have to take a look. I knew keynote basically as Apple's "powerpoint". does it really let you screen control the ipad from the iphone...bearing in mind i'm talking about literally seeing the screen as a mirrored display to allow you to control video playback etc inside the videos app. i'll see if anyone has a copy installed i can play with in our office.
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      12-07-2012, 10:21 AM   #11
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really? I'll have to take a look. I knew keynote basically as Apple's "powerpoint". does it really let you screen control the ipad from the iphone...bearing in mind i'm talking about literally seeing the screen as a mirrored display to allow you to control video playback etc inside the videos app. i'll see if anyone has a copy installed i can play with in our office.
If you used this, could you use a bluetooth headset or stream the sound onto the bluetooth in the car, I wonder?
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Maybe?

http://www.raysmith.co.uk/car-video-...headrests.html
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really? I'll have to take a look. I knew keynote basically as Apple's "powerpoint". does it really let you screen control the ipad from the iphone...bearing in mind i'm talking about literally seeing the screen as a mirrored display to allow you to control video playback etc inside the videos app. i'll see if anyone has a copy installed i can play with in our office.
I asked the guy who told me about this, and he said there is an add-on app called Keynote Remote that appears to work like a TV remote control when running a presentation or video on another Apple device. I don't think it mirrors output, or you would have to have the video stored (or streaming) on the iPhone.
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      12-29-2012, 03:25 PM   #14
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Best I can find:

http://www.raysmith.co.uk/europlogic...series-x3.html

Looks OEM. Does anyone know if the pro nav system has an output that could send DVD / nav pictures etc to this?
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      12-30-2012, 09:20 AM   #15
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Why not go for this option http://www.bmw.ie/ie/en/owners/acces...rtainment.html, cheaper support all formats, you can also move it between cars, remove the screens when not in use...
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