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Pimp My Ride Star “Mad Mike” Wows Fans and Clients Alike with KVH TracVision Satellite TV


Co-host of MTV’s Hit Show to Join KVH Industries at the 2006 SEMA Convention in Las Vegas on November 1, 2006, to Meet Fans and Fellow Mobile Electronics Enthusiasts

MIDDLETOWN, RI – October 25, 2006 – Electronics wizardry and the coolest, hippest, most mind-boggling technology ever put in a car are the trademarks of “Mad Mike,” the mobile electronics guru and star of MTV’s hit show, “Pimp My Ride.” With every vehicle overhauled and upgraded on the show and also during his day job at Galpin Auto Sports, “Mad Mike” sets out to wow his customers and give them the ultimate ride. So it’s no wonder that “Mad Mike” regularly includes a TracVision® automotive satellite TV system from KVH Industries, Inc., to offer on-the-go reception of more than 185 channels of live DIRECTV® entertainment, including local network programming from ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and PBS.

Now, “Mad Mike” is hitting the road himself, joining KVH on November 1, 2006, in Booth #10642 (North Hall) at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, NV, to meet fans, sign autographs, and share his exciting approach to mobile electronics, including the award-winning TracVision and the new TracNet™ 100 mobile Internet system.

“When I’m rollin’, I always stay connected with my TracVision,” says “Mad Mike” who drives an SUV equipped with both a TracVision A7 (a recent upgrade from his original TracVision A5) and a TracNet 100 mobile Internet system. “Driving is a relaxing experience. TracVision just completes it.”

In addition to enjoying satellite TV in his personal vehicle with his family, “Mad Mike” has brought TracVision and live DIRECTV service to a huge range of vehicles, including an overhauled ice cream truck and even a golf cart pimped out for a celebrity auction hosted by actor Michael Douglas.

“I’ve done some cars that were way out there for Pimp My Ride as well as some serious high-end cars for celebrities. The beautiful thing about the TracVision is that no matter what the vehicle, it’s easy to install and works great. Put the antenna on the roof rack, run one cable to the slick 12V receiver, and plug it into the screens. That’s about it and the picture looks awesome. Seriously, I don’t know how you can travel without TracVision.”

The all-new TracVision A7 uses KVH’s patented hybrid phased-array antenna technology to offer a 5-inch high, satellite TV system with exclusive in-motion reception of up to 185 channels of DIRECTV service including national networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC via local TV affiliates, a first in the mobile entertainment and automotive industries. The TracNet 100 mobile Internet system with MSN® TV service provides in-motion, high-speed access to MSN TV Internet services, including MSN Mail, MSN Messenger, web browsing, Internet radio, online games, and more all conveniently displayed on the video screens and TVs in vehicles. For those users who depend on applications on laptops or PDAs, the TracNet 100 also turns a vehicle or vessel into a mobile hotspot thanks to integrated WiFi that supports multiple users and devices. Learn more about “Mad Mike” at Plus, be sure to check him out every week on “Pimp My Ride,” airing on MTV.

About KVH Industries, Inc.

Middletown, RI-based KVH Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: KVHI), is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communication systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 100,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on boats, RVs, trucks, buses, and automobiles. Winner of the prestigious General Motors Innovative Design Award, CES Innovation Award, 21 National Marine Electronics Association “Best Product” awards, 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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