KVH TracVision satellite TV systems are hot trend on luxury limo buses, bringing live entertainment to groups on the go
MIDDLETOWN, RI – March 13, 2008 – Imagine heading out for a night on the town with a group of friends, enjoying premium satellite TV entertainment on a big-screen TV as you travel. Many people are doing just that, thanks to innovative high-end vehicle builders who are turning to the low-profile TracVision® A7 from KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI) to offer a unique experience with live satellite TV on comfortable bus-style limousines.
“The TracVision A7 is a premium feature that our stretch limousine and limo bus customers really enjoy,” explains John Beck, executive vice president of Krystal Enterprises, a top producer of luxury mid-size buses. “This demographic encompasses everyone from high school students going to the prom, to celebrities and athletes, to top business professionals who travel to conventions or even conduct private meetings in our vehicles. The TracVision systems help set us apart because live satellite TV is a unique commodity that people really enjoy while travelling, regardless of their destination.”
Brea, CA-based Krystal Enterprises (www.krystal.cc), which is celebrating its 25th year in business in 2008, builds custom buses, limousines, sedans, motor homes, and other vehicles on Ford, Chrysler, Cadillac, and even Hummer chassis.
LCW Automotive Corporation (www.lcwlimo.com), of San Antonio, TX, offers several different takes on the limo bus – one is even called the “Cinema,” and features a giant television with TracVision live satellite TV at the back of the vehicle.
“Our business is based on customization,” says Adam Boyar, vice president of LCW Automotive Corporation. “Customers can add, subtract, and dream up just about any option they might enjoy, and we make it happen. Satellite TV is certainly one of the most-requested options, not only on our larger vehicles like the “Cinema” but on our “CEO” SUV conversions as well. Our clientele are busy people, professionals and celebrities, and they need to stay in touch with the world outside even as they’re travelling from one place to another. We can offer them the ability to do that, which gives us a competitive advantage over other companies that might not offer live TV in the vehicle.”
The award-winning TracVision A7 makes that premium entertainment possible with a special design. It is an ultra-low-profile, in-motion satellite TV system that offers its users live DIRECTV® TOTAL CHOICE® MOBILE programming whether they are parked or on the move. For those who prefer music over TV occasionally, the TracVision A7’s DIRECTV package also offers access to over 70 channels of music from XM Satellite Radio. While the 5" high design makes it easy to maintain a streamlined appearance on the vehicle’s exterior, the ease of use and variety of programming available makes it the star of the party inside. To tie everything together, the system comes with an RF remote control that can change the channel from anywhere inside the vehicle.
“Limo buses are really coming into their own as a trend, and TracVision satellite TV systems help set the best of them apart from the rest,” says Jim George, KVH’s director of satellite sales. “People want to go out and have a great time at a concert, a sporting event, or a show, but travel can be prohibitive for large groups in the busy places where these events are normally held. A limo bus keeps the whole group together, and with TracVision onboard, you know the ride to and from your destination will be entertaining. These luxurious vehicles negate any worry about arriving safely, and TracVision makes the ride just as entertaining as the destination.”
“Our limo coaches seat up to 47 passengers, and offer a safe and comfortable environment for each of those passengers as they travel,” says Timm Bledsoe, director of sales and marketing at Turtle Top (www.turtletop.com), a Qualified Ford and Chevrolet Vehicle Modifier in New Paris, IN, that builds and customizes three distinct limo coach models that can accommodate groups ranging from 24 to 47 passengers. “Each vehicle is built to the customer’s specifications, and the TracVision satellite TV system is a very popular choice. As our customers design their custom limo coaches to include satellite TV, they know that they are offering a unique and valuable feature to their future customers. Combined with our dedication to safety, quality, and style, it’s a surefire way to attract and retain customers.”
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 150,000 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.
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