Configured for the Powerful Sky Mexico Service, KVH's Marine TracVision Antennas Provide Satellite TV Reception Previously Unavailable with Smaller Antennas
MIDDLETOWN, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 27, 2005-- KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) is changing the rules for maritime satellite TV in and around Mexico with the introduction of its new Sky Mexico-configured TracVision(R) satellite TV systems. For the first time, boaters are able to enjoy satellite TV service in Mexico using an antenna as small as 18" in diameter thanks to KVH's new Sky Mexico configuration and its award-winning antennas like the TracVision 4-HP with High-Performance (HP(TM)) tracking. Sky Mexico is already the most popular satellite TV service in Mexico with almost 1 million subscribers and demand is expected to increase dramatically as DIRECTV Latin America, previously the only option for mariners in the region, prepares to discontinue its service to Mexico. Sky Mexico's powerful satellite provides English and Spanish-language programming as well as coverage as far south as Panama. As a result, mariners fishing along the Mexican coast, wintering in Cabo San Lucas, or cruising to Panama have a new choice for uninterrupted satellite TV entertainment thanks to KVH Industries.
"Not only does our new configuration substantially increase the satellite TV antenna options available to mariners but we also expand the number of smaller vessels that could potentially be equipped with one of our TracVision solutions in Mexican waters," explained Ian Palmer, KVH's executive vice president for satellite sales. "We are extremely pleased to be stepping forward with our new Sky Mexico-configured TracVision satellite antennas to ensure that boaters in the region have uninterrupted access to the entertainment, news, and sports that they want. At the same time, our Sky Mexico-configured 24" and 32" TracVision systems will receive Sky Mexico as far south as Panama as well as offer extended offshore coverage."
KVH's TracVision systems are Digital Video Broadcast (DVB(R))-compatible, offering excellent satellite tracking and a range of capabilities to suit any vessel. The TracVision G4-HP (18") and G6-HP (24") antennas combine antenna-mounted rate gyros, CONSCAN signal strength tracking, and the award-winning KVH GyroTrac(TM) Digital Gyro Compass to provide the fastest satellite acquisition available. For those who want a single-component configuration, the TracVision 4-HP (18") and 6-HP (24") offer the same integrated DVB design as their counterparts but without the GyroTrac sensor package. The 32" TracVision G8 offers a carbon fiber antenna and GPS positioning for faster acquisition reception even when cruising farther offshore.
The TracVision 4-HP's predecessor, the TracVision 4, was the five-time winner of the National Marine Electronics Association's (NMEA) "Best Satellite TV Product" award, while the TracVision line as a whole has won the 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.
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