October 25, 2020 at 3:12 pm #624485
I just picked up the 2021 Yukon Xl Demali. My 2018 XL had just come off the lease.
I was disappointed to learn there is no DVD player, all content must be view by a streaming device. So I purchased an Amazon Fire TV Stick and insert it into the back HDMI ports and plug it in to the outlet below. I Sign up for the onstar WIFI account and get my Firestick set up on the screen. All good so far. Here is where the issues start:
1) As you know, the default is for the car to have the engine ON/OFF control always ON (so the engine shuts down at a red light when applying the brake, etc.). So if you have a device plugged into the back, the device AUTOMATICALLY shuts when the engine shuts, because power is lost to the back outlet. My wife who is the primary driver is a typically busy mother of 3 young boys constantly shuttling them all over to school, sports, etc. So EVERYTIME the kids want to watch content, the content is going to shut off at red lights, etc. There is the option to TURN OFF the ON/OFF switch EVERYTIME the driver gets into the car but that is in no way realistic or practical to remove this incredibly frustrating issue .
2) We have 3 young kids (9 and under). The Amazon Fire TV content cannot be seen from the front video display. So there is no way for the driver to scroll through content and know what is actually being watched. The driver literally has to open the back set of doors when the car is parked and scroll through content on the Fore TC Stick remote to find suitable content for the kids. The is not realistic. What if its raining outside or freezing temperatures. She has to find, scroll and load content for the kids, then go to the front seat to start driving. Wait, by the way, then REMEMBER to shot the engine ON/OFF override button. That is a total show stopper from my perspective.
Can anyone make any suggestions? Are there workarounds to this?
October 28, 2020 at 8:59 am #624809
I have the same problem!! I came from a 2010 escalade esv, now they don’t even have a blu-ray player at all!!
I have had my 2021 GMC Yukon Denali XL for about 2 weeks and the other day I decided to ride in the back and use a fire stick and see how it was going to go when I travel with my grandkids…. well besides the fact the 3rd row now does not get any screen at all (I guess you are only suppose to have 2 kids), YES the screens turned off at every red light and they DO NOT reconnect so I would have to find a place to pull over on the highway with screaming kids yelling their show is off, (DANGEROUS!) and reconnect from the start of a the fire stick menu all over again. So I have to remember to turn the TURN OFF THE auto stop EVERY time. This needs to be fixed to at least make it to be OFF by default not ON by default!!! (The same with the auto dim bright lights, they now make you turn it on EVERY single time, crazy!!!)
I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to play more with the screens but I plan on it this weekend. I’ve heard they are nightmares when trying to transfer content from your phone also, so I guess I’m going to learn what they are talking about soon, ugh! My dealer is not much help, they just kind of act like they have no idea about anything! I do know that Android auto constantly disconnects from the screen and won’t reconnect without having to connect again yourself as well. Mine is having some others issues as well, but I’ll keep this concerning the back screens.
If you hear anyway to make the auto turn off be default to keep the back screens on will you post your update? And I will too if I find a solution.
November 4, 2020 at 10:37 am #626060
Any updates to this issue? I’m thinking about buying but one of these but it seems like a huge downside.
December 1, 2020 at 5:40 pm #629646
The key would be to find & use a port that is always on. Drawback is long term may drain battery but you can often set different USB ports to always on with a Fuse Box edit. Not difficult at all
December 12, 2020 at 8:13 am #631320
The problem can be corrected by drawing power from the USB outlet instead of the regular outlet. That’s what I’ve read so far. Hopefully that works. We’re use to shutting the auto stop upon starting the car. It’s like a pilot of an airplane. Checklist the thing now for everything.
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