TracVision A5 Satellite TV Systems Bring Live News, Entertainment to Business Customers Traveling Daily from Boston to New York
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - June 6, 2005 - Thousands of Boston-to-New York business travelers are ditching the long lines and hassles of trains, planes, and their automobiles and opting to travel to the Big Apple and Beantown in style. Massachusetts-based LimoLiner gives them that opportunity. The custom-made, 28-passenger luxury motor coach offers mobile professionals high-quality, personal business services that enable them to be productive during their commute, including DIRECTV® digital satellite television programming. Thanks to the TracVision® A5 satellite TV antenna system from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), passengers are able to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, entertainment, and sports information playing on flat screen TVs while they travel. Offering seat side power outlets, unlimited wireless Internet access, and constant, clear cell phone reception, LimoLiner allows passengers to make the most of their long commute.
"We chose to have DIRECTV service on board as an amenity that our customers would find valuable. It's a way for them to stay in touch with breaking news, to stay abreast of what is going on," said Peter J. Pescatore, chief executive officer of LimoLiner, Inc. "The TracVision A5 completed the high-end amenities package for us. A leisurely boarding is followed by attentive service and your choice of media and communication options to help you relax or work. LimoLiner is elegant and civilized. It's about how you choose to use your time".
LimoLiner (www.limoliner.com) welcomed 20,000 passengers in its first year of business last year, and the momentum is building. During the four-hour commute, which runs four times a day, passengers enjoy reclining leather seats, personal pillows and blankets, a washroom complete with fresh flowers, and a personal attendant.
Mark J. Reagan, a consultant from New York City, commented on the service: "LimoLiner provides a better meal than an airplane, made fresh and delivered that day, complimentary drinks, and has flat screen TVs with satellite, so I caught CNN on the ride down...Forget Greyhound, forget Amtrak, even the airlines. LimoLiner is the way to roll...Literally!"
Television in vehicles, especially in limousines and coaches, has been tried before. However, it has been a dubious experience filled with static and rolling pictures because over-the-air TV signals become distorted when received by a moving antenna. To solve this problem and offer crystal-clear television, KVH built on its experiences in the marine and RV markets and developed the 5-inch high TracVision A5 for automobiles. This award-winning system uses KVH's hybrid phased-array technology (U.S. patent #6,856,300 and #D493,164) to create an antenna with a rugged, sleek design suitable for bringing DIRECTV programming to vehicles traveling on open roads across the U.S.
"With more than 135 digitally delivered channels in our TOTAL CHOICE® MOBILE package, LimoLiner passengers, whether they are commuting business professionals, students, or Red Sox fans taking a trip to Yankee Stadium to see a game, will now be treated to the best television experience with programming that fits any preference or need," said Daren Benzi, vice president of sales development and strategy for DIRECTV, Inc. "In many areas, these passengers would not be able to receive the same level of choice in programming at home from their local cable operator, let alone cruising down I-95."
The demand for live DIRECTV in limousines continues to grow, according to Ian Palmer, KVH's executive vice president for satellite sales: "An increasing number of limousine owners are recognizing the clear value of offering their passengers live DIRECTV programming on trips. Business passengers especially want to stay up-to-date with the latest news and information, and the TracVision A5 and DIRECTV's digital satellite TV service allows them to do that even while they are on the go."
The TracVision A5's impact on the automotive market has not gone unrecognized. It received the 2004 "Most Innovative Product Design" Award from General Motors as well as the Market Leadership Award from industry research firm Frost & Sullivan, which recognized KVH's pioneering efforts to develop and support the automotive satellite TV marketplace. KVH was also a finalist for the prestigious 2005 Automotive News PACE Award, as well as a Consumer Electronics Association "Design & Innovation Honoree," among others. Additionally, Cadillac, a division of General Motors, recently became the first automotive brand to offer DIRECTV satellite TV programming as an accessory option through authorized dealers.
Details regarding KVH's complete line of TracVision products 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; and customer preferences, requirements and expectations. The actual results could differ. Factors that may cause such differences include, among others, KVH's reliance on satellite TV services provided by third-party providers 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.