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KVH Introduces World's Smallest Stabilized Marine Antenna for European Satellite TV


MIDDLETOWN, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2007--Winner of the 2006 DAME Award's Marine Electronics Category, the Small, Simple, Powerful 14.5-inch (37 cm) TracVision M3 Satellite TV System Offers Coverage Comparable to 18-inch (45 cm) Antennas in Most Areas

With the introduction of its new TracVision(R) M3 marine satellite TV system for Europe today at the London Boat Show, KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI) shows the boating world that great things can come in small packages. Available for mariners throughout Europe for the very first time, the TracVision M3 is the world's smallest stabilized marine satellite TV system and is ideal for installation aboard vessels as small as 25 feet. The award-winning system offers everything boaters need to enjoy their favorite local programming at sea, including the TracVision M3 antenna, a 12V multi-satellite control unit, and a single cable for easy installation. The TracVision M3's super-efficient, 14.5-inch (37 cm) diameter antenna offers a rugged design, precision tracking, and coverage range comparable to larger 18-inch (45 cm) diameter antennas in most areas - crystal-clear proof that less is more.

"The TracVision M3 is powerful technology made simple and we're pleased to be bringing it to the European marine market," said Mads Bjerre-Petersen, managing director of KVH Europe A/S. "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 near-shore coverage. The TracVision M3 is the first stabilized satellite TV system designed specifically for boats in the 25-40 foot range. Until today, marine satellite TV antennas have been too big to look good on smaller boats 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."

Satellite television is among the most popular accessories for boaters worldwide, keeping them connected to live news, sports, and entertainment via powerful regional satellite TV services. However, due to the size requirements of these antennas, satellite TV was historically only practical for vessels 40 feet and larger. However, the TracVision M3, the world's smallest stabilized marine satellite TV system, changes all that.

The new TracVision M3 is fully automatic, connecting boaters in European waters to popular local satellite TV programming, such as SKY in the UK, Premiere in Germany, or Digital+ in Spain when cruising along the coast in those respective countries. Its powerful motors are extremely quiet yet are responsive enough to keep the TracVision M3's antenna locked onto the 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-inch (37 cm) antenna is contained within an impact-resistant dome 40% smaller than competing 18-inch (45 cm) diameter antennas, and requires only a single cable for installation. Also included in the TracVision M3 package is KVH's exclusive 12-volt multi-satellite control unit, allowing boaters to connect the system directly to the vessel's 12-volt power supply as well as to virtually any home satellite TV receiver. KVH also offers the TracVision M3 with an integrated 12V DIRECTV(R) receiver for boaters in the U.S.

The innovation and performance of the TracVision M3 have not gone unrecognized as it won two prestigious industry awards on two continents in late 2006. In October, the United States' National Marine Electronics Association named the TracVision M3 the recipient of its "2006 Industry Award" for the marine entertainment category. Just one month later, the TracVision M3 also won the marine electronics category for the 2006 DAME Award during the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam.

"It's time to put away the DVDs and welcome live TV programming onboard almost any boat," concluded Bjerre-Petersen. "The TracVision M3 offers a unique solution to enjoying satellite TV at sea, with the performance consumers and marine dealers have come to expect from KVH and our TracVision systems."

About KVH Industries

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 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, 22 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.

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.

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

KVH has several patents pending related to technology incorporated into the TracVision M3.

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