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To: david james who wrote ()12/2/1999 3:33:00 PM
From: Roy F   of 7013
Marathon Coach Selects TracVision LM; KVH Primary Supplier of In-Motion Satellite TV Systems

December 2, 1999 03:05 PM
MIDDLETOWN, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 2, 1999--Marathon Coach, Inc., the largest luxury bus conversion manufacturer in the world, has chosen KVH Industries, Inc. KVHI as its primary supplier of in-motion satellite television systems. TracVision(R) LM is available now on both Marathon's newly built 2000 models and on older models through the Marathon service centers. Beginning with their 2001 models, TracVision LM will become a standard feature on Marathon coaches.

"In the last 15 years, Marathon Coach has built more luxury coach conversions than any other company in the world," said Jim Dodez, KVH vice president of marketing. "Marathon is committed to producing the finest luxury vehicles in the world, and we consider its selection of our TracVision LM to be a real tribute to the quality and performance features KVH has designed into the land mobile system."

TracVision LM is a low-cost system that delivers direct broadcast satellite (DBS) programming to a range of recreational and other vehicles traveling the roads of North America. Drivers and passengers can receive hundreds of TV and music channels from DIRECTV(R) and the DISH(TM) Network, whether a vehicle is on the road or at rest. KVH also expects to add broadcast Internet access in the near future for real-time news, stock market data and weather information.

"Reliability and performance were key criteria for us in evaluating and selecting TracVision LM," said Robert A. Schoellhorn, Marathon chairman and CEO. "We pride ourselves on offering our customers the finest craftsmanship, materials and equipment available. More importantly, we provide the successful people who select one of our luxury coaches with all the comforts and conveniences of home that they enjoy and expect, which today includes full-time, mobile access to satellite broadcasting."

TracVision LM is an effective, reliable and affordable system that maintains satellite contact in mobile environments by sensing vehicle motion and automatically adjusting the antenna position. Prior to the development of TracVision LM, the most affordable and commonly used options for recreational vehicles and motor coaches in the United States were self-acquiring or crank-up units that could only receive satellite television when a vehicle was still. The proprietary sensor and software technologies KVH has incorporated into TracVision LM function automatically to acquire satellite contact, maintain pointing with 1 degree accuracy and actively track satellite signals at rates exceeding 30 degree per second. To meet the challenge of delivering cost-effective, stable, in-motion satellite reception for land vehicles, KVH built upon its experience in designing stabilized television and telephone systems for the marine industry, where the company is a world leader.

TracVision LM is the smallest in-motion land system available and retails for $2,995 (not including TVs, receivers or installation). The system weighs about 33 pounds with all components inside a flush-mount antenna dome that can be easily installed in approximately two hours on vehicles pre-wired with power and RF cables. KVH has established an extensive nationwide support network for servicing TracVision LM systems.

KVH is working with Marathon to train its salespeople and technicians on TracVision LM features and installation procedures. TracVision LM installation and service is available at a center at Marathon's West Coast headquarters in Coburg, Oregon, or on the East Coast at Marathon's center in San Antonio, Florida. Marathon has been designing and manufacturing custom luxury conversions on new commercial bus chassis and specialty trailers since 1983. To contact Marathon, call 800-234-9991 or visit its website at

KVH Industries, Inc. manufactures and markets digital navigation systems and mobile satellite communication products for use in commercial, military, and marine applications. The company's headquarters are in Middletown, Rhode Island, and additional offices are located in Hoersholm, Denmark, Tinley Park, Illinois, and St. Petersburg, Florida.

CONTACT: KVH Industries, Inc. Alice Andrews (401) 847-3327

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