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New KVH TracVision M9 Technology Breakthrough Assures Unsurpassed Offshore Performance


Powered by KVH's Exclusive RingFire Antenna Technology, New 32" Antenna Supports HDTV and Regional Satellite TV Services Around the Globe

MIDDLETOWN, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bigger just got even better thanks to the new 32" TracVision® M9, a powerful HDTV-ready satellite TV system from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI - News) that offers boaters outstanding entertainment and equips 80+ ft. recreational and commercial vessels with a sleek look that matches today's streamlined vessels. Set to be unveiled later this week at the West Palm Beach Boat Show, the TracVision M9 is powered by KVH's exclusive new RingFire™ antenna technology, integrated GPS, automatic, and fully stabilized skew adjustment and supports regional satellite TV services worldwide. As a result, the TracVision M9 keeps boaters connected to their favorite TV entertainment while outperforming any similarly sized antenna on the market in rough seas and farther offshore.

"The innovations included in the TracVision M9 make it an ideal match for vessels 80 feet and longer," explained Ian Palmer, KVH's executive vice president for satellite sales. "Our exclusive new RingFire technology offers increased gain and extended range while the automatic and fully stabilized skew control enables the antenna to adjust to the vessel's changing location for uninterrupted reception. For vessels traveling through U.S. waters, the TracVision M9 provides HDTV programming from DIRECTV with completely automatic satellite switching right from the remote control, an exclusive KVH feature! Larger vessels deserve that extra level of performance and I'm pleased to say that the TracVision M9 lives up to that high standard."

The TracVision M9 sets some new standards as well. Just because the antenna is 32" in diameter doesn't mean that boat owners must be burdened with a bulky dome atop their sleek vessel. The TracVision M9's unique mechanical design allows the antenna to be housed in a dome 35% smaller than competing systems, packing a powerful marine satellite TV system into a compact, streamline package.

The new TracVision M9 also uses KVH's proprietary new RingFire technology, a remarkable breakthrough in antenna design. Fusing precisely shaped, tuned parabolic dish antennas with custom-designed, dual-mode feed tubes and uniquely modified LNBs, RingFire technology provides unmatched illumination of the reflector, resulting in signal strengths that are comparable to competitors' larger antennas and more powerful than KVH's original 32" antenna, the TracVision G8. The result? Boaters using the TracVision M9 will enjoy wider geographic coverage and better reception, even in extreme weather.

Other features offered in the TracVision M9 include:

  • KVH's High-Performance (HP™) DVB® tracking and superior offshore performance in even the most demanding conditions

  • The versatile Master Control Unit for trouble-free set up, easy system monitoring, multi-satellite configuring, and easy switching between satellite TV services

  • Full support for automatic satellite switching from the remote control (a KVH exclusive) and multiple TVs and receivers so everyone onboard can enjoy the TV programs they want

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.

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 materially. 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; the availability and coverage of third-party, high-speed cellular data networks; and those discussed in KVH's most recent Form 10-K filed with the SEC. KVH does not assume any obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect new information or developments.

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

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