First Satellite TV Receiver Designed to Easily Integrate with Vessel Power Systems
MIDDLETOWN, RI – June 15, 2005 – Accessing hundreds of channels of live satellite TV programming has never been simpler for mariners, thanks to the new KVH TracVision®
12-volt Receiver for DIRECTV® Service. The system, manufactured by KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), is the only 12-volt receiver designed specifically for the marine industry. It is available as an accessory to KVH’s award-winning line of TracVision satellite TV antennas. Installation is easy, with the system connecting directly into the vessel’s 12-volt power supply. For added convenience, the remote control uses an RF signal, rather than the IR signal standard to home receivers, allowing the remote control to change channels even if the receiver is safely and stylishly tucked away in a cabinet or stateroom closet.
“For years, customers and dealers have had no choice but to equip their boats with satellite television receivers designed for use in the home,” explained Ian Palmer, executive vice president of satellite sales for KVH. “Home receivers are not designed to handle the sometimes unstable 110V AC power produced by inverters aboard ship. With the marine environment typically based around 12-volt electronics, it only makes sense for us to offer a 12-volt receiver for use with our award-winning TracVision satellite TV antennas. KVH is the only company now equipped to provide that option.”
Mariners rely on live satellite television for the most current information on news, weather, and business. The KVH TracVision 12-volt Receiver for DIRECTV Service makes it easy and convenient to get this information as well as hundreds of channels of premium digital entertainment. The new receiver is fully compatible with any of KVH’s marine TracVision antennas and, thanks to the programmable remote control, is ideal for supporting multiple receiver/television installations.
“Our goal is to make it as easy and affordable as possible for customers to use their TracVision system to enjoy DIRECTV programming both while at the dock and at sea,” continued Palmer. “That’s why we offer not only the award-winning TracVision systems and a national network of trained dealers and installers but also the new 12-volt receiver hardware and a streamlined DIRECTV activation process through our dedicated Activation Group. By activating through KVH, we can make sure that customers can add their marine DIRECTV receivers to their home DIRECTV account for only $4.99 a month, a tremendous savings.”
KVH’s marine TracVision antennas are all Digital Video Broadcast (DVB®)-compatible and offer superb satellite tracking and a range of capabilities to suit any vessel. TracVision satellite TV systems have also been honored with the National Marine Electronics Association’s (NMEA’s) “Best Satellite TV Product” award for seven consecutive years.
Details on all of KVH’s award-winning TracVision products for boats, recreational vehicles and automobiles are available at http://www.tracvision.com.
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.
This release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, for example, the functionality, characteristics, quality and performance of KVH’s products and technology; anticipated innovation and product development; and customer preferences, requirements and expectations. The actual results could differ. Factors that may cause such differences include, among others, our dependence on the availability of third-party satellites, which face significant operational risks and could fail earlier than their expected useful lives, for our mobile satellite communication services, as well as those discussed in KVH’s most recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. KVH assumes no obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect new information or developments.