New Systems Complete KVH’s TracVision M-Series Product Line & Feature New RingFire Technology Offering Best Offshore Performance Available
MIDDLETOWN, RI – March 22, 2007 – Entertainment on boats is about to go farther and faster than it ever has before thanks to the all-new family of TracVision M-series satellite TV systems from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), unveiled today at the Palm Beach Boat Show. These powerful new marine satellite TV systems offer KVH’s exclusive new RingFire™ antenna technology for the best coverage and reception available in the marine industry today. They bring true “home theatre” quality satellite TV programming onboard, including HDTV.
“The new TracVision M5 and M7, along with the rest of the TracVision M-series of products we’ve introduced this year, use a groundbreaking new antenna design that extends the range of our products farther offshore than they’ve ever been able to go before,” said Ian Palmer, KVH executive vice president of satellite sales. “These products radically redefine the relationship between antenna size and how far offshore you’ll be able to watch TV, allowing M-series owners to enjoy their satellite TV entertainment when other boats are left with a ‘Searching for Satellite’ message. In fact, our TracVision M-series products outperform many larger, competing systems. When you combine our new RingFire technology with the tracking performance that has made our antennas the industry standard for highly dynamic applications like tuna towers on sport fishing boats, you’ve got the best line of marine satellite TV antennas available.”
Each of the TracVision M-series products uses KVH’s proprietary new RingFire technology, a remarkable breakthrough in antenna design. Fusing precisely shaped, tuned parabolic dish antennas with custom-designed, dual-mode feed tubes and uniquely modified LNBs, RingFire technology provides unmatched illumination of the reflector, resulting in signal strengths that are comparable to competitors’ larger antennas and up to 30% more powerful than KVH’s original, award-winning High-Performance family of satellite TV systems.
“Satellite TV antennas for boats are designed to collect the faint digital signal from a satellite orbiting the earth more than 22,000 miles away,” explained Robert Balog, KVH’s vice president of engineering. “Their ability to deliver a good picture to your boat’s TV depends on how accurately they can point at the orbiting satellite, and the efficiency of the design of the satellite antenna. Our new M-Series offers the best signal reception of any comparable products we’ve tested with substantially stronger signal strength than any our previous TracVision products, which were already recognized by dealers as the best in the industry. For the boat owner, this means that a KVH TracVision M-series system will deliver the satellite TV picture in situations where inferior competing products will not, such as farther offshore or in extreme weather.”
KVH offers a full range of TracVision antennas for virtually every vessel size and type with the industry’s premier products in every antenna class ranging from 14" to 32". The size of antenna selected depends primarily on the satellite signal strength in the area where the boat is used. Since larger vessels tend to travel further offshore or in more remote areas, they tend to have larger antennas. KVH’s product line starts with the 14" “at anchor” TracVision M2 and in-motion M3 products introduced in February at the Miami International Boat Show, and moves up to the 18" TracVision M5, the 24" TracVision M7, and the 32" TracVision M9. Each size product is available with HDTV. KVH also offers a full line of TracPhone satellite communications products with matching domes for the TracVision satellite TV antennas.
The performance, reliability, and innovations offered by KVH’s new M-Series TracVision antennas have gained fans around the world. The new TracVision M3, KVH’s first product to take advantage of RingFire technology, was recognized as the best marine entertainment system in the United States and Europe by the members of the National Marine Electronics Association as well as the judges for the prestigious DAME Award, making it the first and only marine satellite product to ever win both awards.
About KVH Industries, Inc.
Middletown, RI-based KVH Industries, Inc., is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of mobile 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, 22 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 in comparison with competing technology; and customer preferences, requirements and expectations. The actual results could differ materially. 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, and those discussed in KVH’s most recent Form 10-K filed with the SEC. KVH does not assume any obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect new information or developments.
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