DirecTV Launches Mobile Satellite Programming Service
September 15, 2006
KVH Industries Inc. has launched TracVision A7 mobile satellite TV system, which delivers DirecTV's all-digital programming service, stereo sound, and a variety of live content directly on in-car video screens.
The 5-inch high TracVision A7 comes in a glossy black or silver dome and installs on a vehicle's roof rack or rooftop. It provides full in-motion reception of satellite TV signals. The TracVision A7 uses KVH's patented hybrid phased-array antenna technology to offer the lowest profile in-motion satellite TV available and exclusive mobile access to local TV channels in areas served by DirecTV's local programming broadcasts.
Travelers across the continental U.S. can receive up to 185 channels of DirecTV service plus broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and PBS via local TV affiliates in their automobile within their home-designated market area (DMA). Once the vehicle travels outside the DMA, the TracVision A7's integrated GPS and 12V receiver automatically turns off the local channels in compliance with broadcast regulations while DirecTV's Total Choice Mobile package of national channels and XM Satellite Radio remains available.
"We are taking live automotive entertainment even farther by bringing consumers mobile access to local TV channels thanks to TracVision A7's integrated GPS and an exclusive 12V mobile receiver that we developed in close cooperation with DirecTV," said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH's president and CEO. "Passengers in TracVision A7-equipped cars enjoy all of the benefits of their favorite DirecTV programming, as well as local news, weather, sports, and traffic reports and their favorite national network programming."