[ Dow Jones & Company, Inc. · 2005-07-05 ]
PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 5 /PRNewswire/ -- To help vacationers make the most of their time on the road this summer, Avis Rent A Car System, Inc. today announced two new options to keep travelers entertained every mile of the way. Beginning this month at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, AZ, new Hummer H3 sport utility vehicles equipped with DIRECTV® satellite TV programming will be available for rent. Using the KVH TracVision A5 satellite TV antenna, Avis customers will be able to access more than 135 channels of live DIRECTV programming virtually anywhere they drive. In addition, Avis now has 5,000 DVD- equipped vehicles available for rent nationwide.
"We want to ensure that our customers have the best rental experience possible when they choose Avis. The addition of DIRECTV service and DVD gives our customers an unparalleled level of entertainment choices," said Scott Deaver, executive vice president of marketing for the Cendant Car Rental Group, parent company of Avis.
The patented in-car satellite TV system was developed by KVH Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: KVHI), and features the TracVision A5 system designed specifically for passenger vehicles.
"We are extremely pleased to be working with Avis to bring the excitement of live DIRECTV programming to their customers," said Martin Kits van Heyningen, president and chief executive officer of KVH.
Hummer H3s with the TracVision A5 and DIRECTV satellite TV programming are currently available for rent at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, AZ. There is no additional cost for DIRECTV programming in Hummer H3s. There is no additional cost for vehicles equipped with DVD players. Customers may reserve a Hummer H3 with DIRECTV by visiting http://www.avis.com or by calling 888-777- AVIS. Customers must request a DVD-equipped vehicle when making a reservation at 888-777-AVIS. DVD-equipped vehicles and Hummer H3s with DIRECTV are both subject to availability.
KVH Industries, Inc., is the leading provider of in-motion satellite systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 75,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on boats, RVs, trucks, buses and automobiles. An ISO 9001-certified company, KVH has headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island, with a fiber optic and military navigation product manufacturing facility in Tinley Park, Illinois, and a European sales, marketing, and support office in Kokkedal, Denmark. For more information, visit http://www.kvh.com.
DIRECTV is the nation's leading and fastest-growing digital multichannel television service provider with more than 14.4 million customers. DIRECTV and the Cyclone Design logo are registered trademarks of DIRECTV, Inc. (NYSE: DTV). DIRECTV is a world-leading provider of digital multichannel television entertainment. DIRECTV is approximately 34 percent owned by News Corporation. For more information visit http://www.directv.com.
Avis Rent A Car System, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate the world's second largest general-use car rental brand, providing business and leisure customers with a wide range of services at nearly 1,900 locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Latin American / Caribbean region. Avis is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty, ranking as the number one car rental company in the 2005 Brand Keys® Customer Loyalty Index. The company is part of Cendant Car Rental Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD), a diversified global provider of business and consumer services primarily within the real estate and travel sectors. For more information visit http://www.avis.com or http://www.cendant.com/media.
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