TracVision M3 ST Voted Best in Marine Entertainment Category by U.S. Marine
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Oct. 23 -- Each year, the members
of the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) recognize the best of
the best in the marine industry at their annual convention. For the 10th
consecutive year, KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) and its maritime
satellite TV solutions have received top honors continuing this unprecedented
record in 2007 with KVH's innovative and popular 14" satellite TV antenna
technology. The TracVision® M3 ST satellite TV system, KVH's all-in-one
solution for DIRECTV® service at sea, received the Industry Award for Marine
Entertainment at the NMEA Convention & Expo on Amelia Island, FL, on October
"We are extremely honored that the marine electronics professionals who
comprise NMEA chose KVH as the recipient of this year's Industry Award for
marine entertainment," says Ian Palmer, KVH's executive vice president of
satellite sales. "KVH strives to offer the most reliable and innovative
entertainment to boaters, with the utmost convenience, durability, and
performance, and our best measure of success is feedback from our dealers.
These are the folks who are out there selling, installing, and maintaining our
products in the field. They know what works better than anyone else, making
them an invaluable resource for KVH as a manufacturer, and their vote of
confidence in our product is a sign to us that we're achieving our goals."
In early 2007, KVH released the TracVision M-series, a new line of
compact, high-efficiency antennas designed to help mariners bring their home
theater experience on the water with crystal-clear satellite TV. The 14"-
diameter TracVision M3 ST, an in-motion system with a deluxe, mobile 12V
DIRECTV receiver, helped open the marine market for satellite TV aboard boats
as small as 25 feet, bringing this premium entertainment experience to boaters
who may not have had access to it before and expanding business opportunities
for dealers. Now, small boat owners can enjoy more than 300 channels of
DIRECTV programming, including over 70 channels of XM Satellite Radio, when
cruising as far as 200 miles offshore.
"We've been extremely pleased with the TracVision M3 system from KVH. Its
compact size and easy installation not only help us sell more systems on new
smaller boats, but makes for a very simple and affordable retrofit for
customers looking to upgrade older systems," says Ed Hanscom, Jr., general
manager of Phantom Marine, Inc., in San Diego, CA. "Since its release, we've
installed a large number of these systems and have seen very minimal problems.
The few problems we have encountered were dealt with very quickly and
efficiently by KVH's staff. It's truly one of those products that we can tell
people, 'You install it on your boat and it works. Period.'"
CJ Webber, president of SatPhoneStore in Miami, FL, agrees. "For our
customers, the size of a satellite TV system is very important. The TracVision
M3 ST is compact, so it looks great on just about any size boat."
Some of the innovations that set the TracVision M3 ST apart from other
satellite TV systems are features like KVH's exclusive RingFire™
technology, which offers reception and coverage previously only available with
18"-diameter systems. The TracVision M3 ST also features a single cable
installation, integrated 12V DIRECTV receiver, and backlit RF remote control.
Best of all, everything needed for installation comes in a single box, a big
reason for the support the TracVision M3 ST has seen from dealers, who
recognize KVH as a leader in reliable, convenient marine satellite
About the National Marine Electronics Association
Founded in 1957, NMEA is an internationally recognized trade association
of manufacturers, distributors, dealers, sales representatives and other
professionals in the marine electronics field. Among its achievements, NMEA
has led the way in establishing technical standards for data exchange in
marine electronics, with the widely accepted NMEA 0183 data protocol. This
year's NMEA Convention & Expo was also a celebration of NMEA's 50th
About KVH Industries, Inc.
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 125,000 mobile satellite antennas for
applications on boats, RVs, trucks, buses, and automobiles. Winner of the
prestigious General Motors Innovative Design Award, 2 CES Innovation Awards,
23 National Marine Electronics Association "Best Product" awards, the DAME
Award in the Marine Electronics category, 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
materially. Factors that may cause such differences include, among others,
those discussed in KVH's most recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. KVH does
not assume any obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect
new information or developments.
KVH, TracVision, and RingFire are trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc. All
other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.