Satellite TV for cars introduced

New ultra-low profile antenna will provide over 300 channels of digital satellite television to backseat video systems.

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By  Marcus Webb Published  January 8, 2003

US-based satellite communications company KVH Industries is to introduce a satellite TV antenna that transmits live programming to sport utility vehicles (SUV), mini-vans, and luxury automobiles equipped with backseat entertainment systems.

The 4-1/2 inch high ‘TracVision’ in-motion satellite TV system will use phased array antenna technology to beam live programming directly into vehicles across the United States and will be officially unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas tomorrow (January 9).

Backseat entertainment devices, such as DVD or video players are already very popular in the US with over a million backseat entertainment systems sold last year.

"This remarkable new system clearly suits the growing demand for digital entertainment in automobiles and builds on a decade of KVH innovation and leadership in the mobile satellite industry," says Jim Dodez, KVH vice president of marketing. "Already, KVH has equipped tens of thousands of boats, recreational vehicles, and motor-coaches with in-motion satellite TV systems. The expansion of video entertainment in automobiles has created a tremendous new market and only KVH Industries is in the position to meet the demand for live video content."

The antenna system is expected to retail at around US$2,000 to $2,500, with satellite programming costing less than $10 a month.

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