MIDDLETOWN, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2007--Winner of the
2006 DAME Award's Marine Electronics Category, the Small, Simple,
Powerful 14.5-inch (37 cm) TracVision M3 Satellite TV System Offers
Coverage Comparable to 18-inch (45 cm) Antennas in Most Areas
With the introduction of its new TracVision(R) M3 marine satellite
TV system for Europe today at the London Boat Show, KVH Industries
(Nasdaq: KVHI) shows the boating world that great things can come in
small packages. Available for mariners throughout Europe for the very
first time, the TracVision M3 is the world's smallest stabilized
marine satellite TV system and is ideal for installation aboard
vessels as small as 25 feet. The award-winning system offers
everything boaters need to enjoy their favorite local programming at
sea, including the TracVision M3 antenna, a 12V multi-satellite
control unit, and a single cable for easy installation. The TracVision
M3's super-efficient, 14.5-inch (37 cm) diameter antenna offers a
rugged design, precision tracking, and coverage range comparable to
larger 18-inch (45 cm) diameter antennas in most areas - crystal-clear
proof that less is more.
"The TracVision M3 is powerful technology made simple and we're
pleased to be bringing it to the European marine market," said Mads
Bjerre-Petersen, managing director of KVH Europe A/S. "It brings
together all of the features boaters have been asking for in a small,
simple-to-install, easy-to-operate system that offers outstanding
near-shore coverage. The TracVision M3 is the first stabilized
satellite TV system designed specifically for boats in the 25-40 foot
range. Until today, marine satellite TV antennas have been too big to
look good on smaller boats or have had designs limited to at-anchor or
coastal use. The addition of the TracVision M3 to our award-winning
product line now enables us to offer maritime satellite TV solutions
for consumers cruising on boats of virtually any size."
Satellite television is among the most popular accessories for
boaters worldwide, keeping them connected to live news, sports, and
entertainment via powerful regional satellite TV services. However,
due to the size requirements of these antennas, satellite TV was
historically only practical for vessels 40 feet and larger. However,
the TracVision M3, the world's smallest stabilized marine satellite TV
system, changes all that.
The new TracVision M3 is fully automatic, connecting boaters in
European waters to popular local satellite TV programming, such as SKY
in the UK, Premiere in Germany, or Digital+ in Spain when cruising
along the coast in those respective countries. Its powerful motors are
extremely quiet yet are responsive enough to keep the TracVision M3's
antenna locked onto the satellite even aboard small vessels, which
present a far more challenging dynamic environment in rough seas than
larger boats. The system's high-efficiency 14.5-inch (37 cm) antenna
is contained within an impact-resistant dome 40% smaller than
competing 18-inch (45 cm) diameter antennas, and requires only a
single cable for installation. Also included in the TracVision M3
package is KVH's exclusive 12-volt multi-satellite control unit,
allowing boaters to connect the system directly to the vessel's
12-volt power supply as well as to virtually any home satellite TV
receiver. KVH also offers the TracVision M3 with an integrated 12V
DIRECTV(R) receiver for boaters in the U.S.
The innovation and performance of the TracVision M3 have not gone
unrecognized as it won two prestigious industry awards on two
continents in late 2006. In October, the United States' National
Marine Electronics Association named the TracVision M3 the recipient
of its "2006 Industry Award" for the marine entertainment category.
Just one month later, the TracVision M3 also won the marine
electronics category for the 2006 DAME Award during the Marine
Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam.
"It's time to put away the DVDs and welcome live TV programming
onboard almost any boat," concluded Bjerre-Petersen. "The TracVision
M3 offers a unique solution to enjoying satellite TV at sea, with the
performance consumers and marine dealers have come to expect from KVH
and our TracVision systems."
About KVH Industries
Middletown, RI-based KVH Industries, Inc., is a leading provider
of in-motion satellite TV and communication systems, having designed,
manufactured, and sold more than 100,000 mobile satellite antennas for
applications on boats, RVs, trucks, buses, and automobiles. Winner of
the prestigious General Motors Innovative Design Award, CES Innovation
Award, 22 National Marine Electronics Association "Best Product"
awards, and a finalist for the Automotive News PACE Award, KVH's
mission is to connect mobile customers with the same digital
television entertainment, communications, and Internet services that
they enjoy in their home and offices.
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.
KVH and TracVision are registered trademarks of KVH Industries.
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KVH has several patents pending related to technology incorporated into the TracVision M3.