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KVH Unveils the TracVision M3, World's Smallest Stabilized Marine Satellite TV System


Small, Simple, Powerful 14.5-inch System Offers Coverage Comparable to 18-inch Antennas along with Integrated 12-volt Receiver for DIRECTV Service

With today's introduction of its new TracVision® M3 marine satellite TV system, KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) shows the boating world that great things can come in small packages. The TracVision M3, the world's smallest stabilized marine satellite TV system, is ideal for installation aboard vessels as small as 25 feet and offers everything a boater needs to enjoy DIRECTV® programming at sea. It includes the TracVision M3 antenna, an integrated 12-volt marine receiver for DIRECTV service and easy installation, and an RF remote control for convenient operation. The TracVision M3's super-efficient, 14.5" antenna offers a rugged design, precision tracking, and coverage range comparable to larger 18" antennas, crystal-clear proof that less is more.

"The TracVision M3 is powerful technology made simple," said Ian Palmer, KVH's executive vice president of satellite sales. "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 offshore coverage. The TracVision M3 is the first stabilized satellite TV system designed specifically for vessels in the 25-40 foot range. Until today, marine satellite TV antennas have been too big to look good on smaller vessels 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."

The new TracVision M3 is fully automatic, connecting boaters to more than 300 channels of DIRECTV programming, including 50+ channels of XM satellite radio music, when cruising along the coast and as far as 200 miles offshore. Its powerful motors are extremely quiet yet are responsive enough to keep the TracVision M3's antenna locked onto the DIRECTV 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" antenna is contained within an impact-resistant dome 40% smaller than competing 18" antennas, and requires only a single cable for easy installation.

Also included in the TracVision M3 package is KVH's exclusive 12-volt marine satellite TV receiver for DIRECTV service, making it easy to connect the system directly into the vessel's 12-volt power supply and eliminating the need for home receivers that are ill-suited for the marine and 12-volt environments. For added convenience, the TracVision M3's remote control uses an RF signal, rather than the IR signal standard to home receivers, allowing the remote control to change channels even if the receiver is safely and stylishly tucked away in a cabinet or stateroom closet. The system is also fully capable of supporting multiple TVs and receivers throughout the vessel so everyone will be able watch or listen to the programming they enjoy.

"It's time to put away the DVDs and welcome live DIRECTV programming onboard almost any boat," concluded Palmer. "The TracVision M3 offers a complete turnkey solution to enjoying satellite TV at sea, with everything you need in a single, small package that offers outstanding coverage and the performance consumers and marine dealers have come to expect from KVH and our TracVision systems."

Complete details regarding the TracVision M3 and the rest of KVH's award-winning TracVision product line are available at

NOTE TO EDITORS: High-resolution, press-ready images of the TracVision M3 are available for download and editorial use at

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. KVH's TracVision and TracPhone products have won the National Marine Electronics Association's "Best Product" Awards for the past eight years. 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.

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.

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