GMC Yukon XL Denalis Featuring KVH’s TracVision A5 Satellite TV Systems to Make Their TV Debut on the Crime Drama Season Finale
MIDDLETOWN, RI – May 19, 2005 – The ultra-hip investigators on the top-rated CBS show “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation™” will have a little help bringing criminals to justice for the nail-biting season finale, thanks to the TracVision® A5 satellite television antenna system from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI). Airing Thursday, May 19, 2005, and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the episode will feature the debut of two new “Mobile Analysis Units” - steel gray metallic GMC (NYSE: GM) Yukon XL Denalis, each equipped with a TracVision A5 system, to bring 135+ channels of live, DIRECTV® programming right to the vehicle.
In a statement released by General Motors, Carol Mendelsohn, executive producer for “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, said: “The critics have always characterized the show as hip and cool. We wanted a hip and cool ride for CSI and we got it in our XL Denali Mobile Analysis Units.”
In addition to the sleek TracVision A5 satellite TV antennas, the “Mobile Analysis Units” feature a command center in place of the vehicle’s third-row seating and include drawers and storage units on each side to hold crime scene kits and various equipment, as well as an illuminated slide-out tray to allow investigators to examine evidence at the crime scene.
“We think it’s great that the number one show on television is going to be featuring the number one satellite television system for automobiles,” said Jim Dodez, vice president of marketing for KVH. “Consumers’ interest in DIRECTV programming in automobiles continues to grow as they ask for the same entertainment they enjoy at home virtually anywhere they travel. The TracVision A5 is a perfect match for the excitement and thrills that ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ brings to millions of viewers every week.”
Industry analyst Frost & Sullivan projects that by 2011, more than 36 million automobiles in the U.S. will be equipped with video systems and of these, more than 3 million vehicles will be equipped with mobile satellite TV systems.
The TracVision A5 is a low-profile satellite TV antenna designed specifically for passenger vehicles. The 5-inch high TracVision A5, winner of GM’s 2004 “Most Innovative Product” award uses KVH’s patented hybrid phased-array technology to create an antenna with a rugged, sleek design suitable for vehicles traveling on open roads across the U.S. The system includes KVH’s ultra low-profile TracVision antenna, a 12-volt in-vehicle receiver designed for automotive use, an RF remote control, and exclusive access to DIRECTV’s TOTAL CHOICE® MOBILE programming.
The same TracVision A5 system seen on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and other hit shows, such as MTV’s “Pimp My Ride,” is available at more than 800 retailers nationwide. In April 2005, Cadillac, a division of GM, announced that the TracVision A5 is now available as a dealer-installed accessory option through Cadillac dealers around the country. Details regarding KVH’s complete line of satellite TV antennas are available at 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, 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. CBS, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, MTV, and Pimp My Ride are trademarks of their respective companies. No portion of this press release shall be construed as an endorsement of KVH or its products by CBS, GMC, or other entities.