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Forget the Stadium, the Parking Lot is Where it’s at for Satellite TV-equipped High-Tech Tailgaters


Customizers like Creative Mobile Interiors use TracVision mobile satellite TV systems to bring the party and the game together.

MIDDLETOWN, RI – December 11, 2007 – Going to a football game this weekend? Getting ready to cheer on your team at a Bowl game or as the playoffs draw near? Forget the tickets and stick with a parking pass to enjoy tailgating entertainment that rivals the game itself. Custom tailgating vehicles are putting high-tech accessories, like TracVision® mobile satellite TV systems from KVH Industries, Inc., front and center on a new class of tricked-out buses, vans, and RVs built specifically for football fanatics. These rolling parties, with their bars, bathrooms, high-end sound systems, plasma TVs, satellite dishes and custom paint and upholstery, are becoming a mainstay at college and pro football stadiums nationwide. They are at the heart of a new trend: the high-tech tailgater, spotlighted on

While tailgating vehicles can be homemade setups, custom vehicle conversion specialists like Creative Mobile Interiors ( see the high-tech tailgating trend as a lucrative business opportunity.  Headquartered at the heart of Ohio State University Buckeye country in Grove City, Ohio, CMI shows off its work with its Buckeye Bullet. Equipped with a TracVision A7 mobile satellite TV system, the Buckeye Bullet can broadcast the pregame reports and national broadcast of every Buckeyes game to passengers on several LCD screens throughout the vehicle, including one in the restroom. Other amenities include custom upholstery and flooring in the team’s colors, a well-equipped kitchen (after all, what’s a tailgate party without snacks?), a collection of Buckeyes paraphernalia, and the crowning feature, a portrait of Brutus the Buckeye in stained glass for the rear window.

“In the coach industry, in-motion satellite TV systems like TracVision are in high demand, and with our tailgating vehicles, we rely on performance and reliability,” says Tim Cummings, an electrical engineer at CMI. “On the Buckeye Bullet, we have a KVH TracVision system with a DIRECTV premium satellite package, guaranteeing coverage of Ohio State games. It’s outfitted with 450-watt midrange speakers and tweeters, with a 1000-watt subwoofer. The TracVision antenna will track the pre-game on the way to the stadium, and the post-game on the way home.”

CMI’s next pet project promises to be even better. “It’s the next generation of tailgater, featuring a multi-zone home theater system and outfitted with 700-watt midrange speakers and tweeters and 5 subwoofers. The KVH TracVision R6 is the heart of the vehicle’s satellite system,” explains Cummings.

TracVision mobile satellite TV systems from KVH offer users hundreds of channels of live DIRECTV® programming, including sports and local channels, whether parked or on the move. Best of all, there’s a system for every kind of tailgater – from the stationary TracVision R4 SL to the premium TracVision R6 DX (both with support for HDTV programming) and the ultra-low-profile TracVision A7, satellite TV can be added easily to any vehicle. That includes RVs, SUVs, trucks, trailers, vans, or whatever else consumers can dream up, including converted ambulances, hearses, and retired military vehicles. Who would want to go into the stadium when the best view is in the parking lot?

“We’re excited to be a part of this new trend of high-end, high-tech tailgating vehicles,” says Ken Lokey, KVH’s national sales manager for automotive products. “TracVision offers everything tailgaters need for entertainment in the parking lot, and combined with customization from professionals like CMI, there’s really no need to buy tickets to the game. Why leave your comfy seat and big screen view? It’s truly the best way to watch a football game – surrounded by fellow fans in the comfort of your own portable living room.”

Another CMI vehicle featuring mobile satellite TV from KVH belongs to Mike Connellee, an avid Baltimore Ravens fan and the proud owner of the “Raven’s Nest,” a converted Dodge Sprinter that is unmistakably meant for tailgating at Ravens games.

“The TracVision is an absolutely outstanding feature on the Sprinter because it’s low-profile,” he says, highlighting the benefits that his TracVision A7 brings to the tailgating atmosphere. “When we’re tailgating with the amps and subwoofers blaring and the game on the plasma TV, people walk by and ask how we do it. Since the TracVision dome is only five inches high, they have no idea it’s there.”

While KVH has been offering mobile satellite TV systems for boats since 1995 and for RVs since 1998, the trend of using them as amenities on custom tailgating vehicles is a new development. CMI started customizing vans, RVs, and buses for tailgaters in 2003, and CMI President Owen Connaughton has noticed a particular benefit to including TracVision in tailgate customizations this season. “We do vehicles for many Big Ten and other college football fans. This year, the Big Ten did not offer local stations to carry Big Ten programming. Satellite TV has given us the ability to show the games to our clientele as well as to share the games with the less fortunate folks who do not have the satellite systems,” he explains.

Visit to learn more about how fans around the country are using satellite TV and other technology to enhance their sports experience.

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.

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 materially. Factors that may cause such differences include, among others, those discussed in KVH’s most recent Form 10-Q 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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