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KVH Crowns Winners of National 12V TracVision Satellite TV Installation Competition


Recognizes Leading Automotive Installers who make DIRECTV a Reality for Passengers Anywhere, Anytime with TracVision and DIRECTV Service

MIDDLETOWN, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 21, 2007--Innovative design and the ultimate in-car entertainment accessory were on display today as KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) announced the winners of its first National 12V TracVision® Installation Competition. Automotive customizers and 12V audio/video experts nationwide took the opportunity to compete, showing off how they are using the award-winning, low-profile TracVision automotive satellite TV system and live DIRECTV® on the go as part of a complete mobile entertainment package for passengers. In vehicles ranging from tricked-out tailgating extravaganzas to a fun ride for a family of five, the winning vehicles - featured on - show how live satellite TV on the move has become a must-have automotive accessory.

"These dealers are doing some of the most innovative work in the 12-volt audio/video industry right now, offering their customer not only top-flight automotive customization but also the excitement and convenience of live DIRECTV service in the car," explained Ian Palmer, KVH's executive vice president of satellite sales. "I want to congratulate the winning TracVision installers, along with hundreds of others around the United States who are helping to raise consumers' expectations of what it means to stay connected on the go. At the same time, these dealers are changing the definition of in-vehicle entertainment from pre-recorded movies and low-resolution, small handheld screens to more than 185 channels of live, digital DIRECTV programming on the move virtually anywhere in the continental United States."

Winners were named in five categories: Standard Installation; Best Vacation Vehicle/Cool Car for Kids, Mobile Office, Conversion Van Installation, and Tailgating Vehicle.

Standard Installation: CT Customs, Houston, TX

The automotive TracVision offers standard installation options for roof racks, rooftops, and even oversized Hummer racks. CT Customs' stylish Hummer H2 show vehicle includes a roof rack-mounted TracVision system that is custom painted to match the vehicle's exterior. Plus, with two 10.2-inch flip-down monitors, four touch-screen headrest monitors, and a 23-inch motorized flip-down monitor, passengers will never miss any DIRECTV programming.

Best Vacation Vehicle or Cool Car for Kids: Haas Entertainment, Culver City, CA

While the automotive TracVision systems are available in high-gloss black or silver, Haas Entertainment created a stunning install by color-matching the antenna to the white pearl finish of this Cadillac Escalade ESV. Within the vehicle are integrated headrest monitors, so at any given time the kids can be entertained by multiple channels of DIRECTV, DVDs, a video game system, and a video iPod.

Mobile Office: Becker Automotive Design, Oxnard, CA

Known throughout the industry as a source of exclusive customizations and limos for the stars, Becker Automotive Design used the KVH TracVision system as part of a complete conversion of a Sprinter coach into the ultimate mobile office. This process can take six months or longer to complete. The end result is a comfortable space with the best office and entertainment electronics at the passenger's fingertips, including satellite TV, telephone, fax, and mobile high-speed Internet connections.

Conversion Van: AI Design, Tuckahoe, NY

If you want the luxury of a motorcoach but the convenience of a smaller vehicle, then a conversion van is the way to go. This Chevy Express 3500, customized by the experts at AI Designs for one of their celebrity clients, offers an unbelievable blend of style and function. The upgrades include six plasma TVs connected to the roof-mounted TracVision system, custom upholstery, a chilled wine rack, and a touch-screen panel that literally controls every accessory in the vehicle.

Tailgating Vehicle: Chaudhry Custom Sounds, Tracy, CA

And for the sports lover in all of us, tailgating is taken to a whole new level with Chaudhry Custom Sounds' Hummer H2, which is a focal point for pre-game entertainment at every Oakland Raiders' home game. Tailgaters never need to miss the pre-game show or the big games thanks to this vehicle's TracVision satellite TV, DIRECTV programming with local channels and network broadcasts, plus a 42-inch LCD TV screen in the back of the vehicle with two additional 15-inch screens coming soon, four 9-inch headrest monitors, one 10.2-inch drop-down screen, two 7-inch LCD TVs in the visor, and four more 7-inch screens in the doors.

The award-winning 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 Winners

CT Customs
11875 West Little York #102
Houston, TX 77041
Haas Entertainment
5774 Uplander Way
Culver City, CA 90230
Becker Automotive Design
1711 Ives Avenue
Oxnard, CA 90333
AI Design
64 Marbledale Road
Tuckahoe, NY 10707
Chaudhry Custom Sounds
508 East 11th Street
Tracy, CA 95376

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 125,000 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, 22 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.

KVH and TracVision are registered trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.

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