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KVH’s TracVision Satellite TV Antenna Systems Make a Houseboat a Home


Popularity of Live TV on Houseboats is Soaring; Vacationers Turn to KVH for Hundreds of Channels of Live Satellite TV Programming

MIDDLETOWN, RI – February 4, 2005 – A houseboat can be the perfect vacation spot, offering the benefits of a water view and the ability to move on to new, exciting destinations while still enjoying the ultimate in a luxury lifestyle. Your home on the water includes every amenity your heart desires – a party top, full bar, six-plus bedrooms, elevator, jacuzzis, and even an entertainment center with a big-screen plasma TV. But when you want to watch the big game, catch the latest news, or enjoy a movie during a quiet evening, what do you do? That DVD library can get stale after a while and cable TV at dockside…well, what do you do if you actually want to use the “boat” features of your houseboat? For houseboaters, installers, and houseboat manufacturers, the solution is a TracVision® satellite TV antenna system from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI). These award-winning in-motion antennas are versatile, rugged, and designed to bring you access to hundreds of channels of live television programming, including high-definition channels, virtually anywhere you cruise.

“For custom houseboat orders, we use KVH satellite systems,” said Nancy Rimas, vice president of marketing for Sumerset Houseboats (, a houseboat manufacturer in business for over 33 years in Somerset, Kentucky. “KVH systems are reliable and resilient; they provide the high level of quality and value our customers expect.”

Houseboats are becoming an increasingly popular vacation alternative for families who want to spend quality time together without the hassle of resorts and reservations. But even while on vacation, houseboaters want to stay connected, and satellite television helps them do just that.

David Page, owner of Page Electronics ( in Burkesville, Kentucky, has installed premium audio and video systems on more than 2,500 houseboats since starting his business in 1992.

“People want satellite television for a combination of everything - news, entertainment, weather - just to stay in touch,” Page explained. “Almost every new boat has satellite TV in it, some boats have up to eight satellite receivers. That allows people to have eight different TVs and watch all different types of programming on each television. Some folks can go topside and watch the football game while everyone else can each watch what they want - everyone is happy. Now virtually everyone uses KVH. KVH is known for standing by its product, there is never a question about reliability or service.”

Rodney Parrish, co-owner of Thoroughbred Cruisers (, of Albany, Kentucky, agrees. His company has been building custom houseboats since 1997 and he says that his customers use their houseboats for everything from a home away from home to an office away from home, a unique place to do business. And in order to do that business, they need access to satellite television.

“KVH systems are scoring 110 percent in my book. Most of the boats have TracVision systems, not so that families can go to the lake and watch TV 24 hours a day, but for the quiet times, rainy days. It really fulfills a lot of needs, to bring a family together. Plus, having TV capabilities makes business transactions as easy as possible,” said Parrish.

KVH offers a complete line of TracVision antenna systems for the RV, boat, and auto markets. Most popular for houseboats are the TracVision L2 and the TracVision L3 systems. The TracVision L2 is the most affordable and reliable in-motion satellite TV system for people on the go. The system automatically acquires and tracks DIRECTV® and DISH Network™ satellite signals no matter where you are in the continental United States and Canada. The TracVision L3 offers integrated Digital Video Broadcast® (DVB) technology for superior tracking of satellite television services and has fully automatic satellite switching capabilities to support multi-satellite services like DISH 500 or DIRECTV’s high-definition programming.

KVH’s satellite products are so well received that they have won the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) awards for “Best Product” in their categories for the past seven years in a row as well as the 2004 General Motors “Most Innovative Product” Award. For information on KVH’s complete line of TracVision products, visit Note to editors - High-resolution images of KVH’s satellite products are available at KVH Industries, Inc., is the leader in designing and manufacturing satellite television antennas for mobile applications on land or sea. More customers use mobile TracVision antennas on their boats, RVs, trucks, buses, and automobiles than any other competing product. 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; and customer preferences, requirements and expectations. The actual results could differ. Factors that may cause such differences include, among others, 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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