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KVH Awarded Contract for Aircraft In-Flight Satellite Antennas

Satellite TV is available on JetBlue flights, as well as on a limited number of flights on other airlines. Special antennas that can compensate for the movement of the aircraft are used to receive the signals from DirecTV and EchoStar satellites.

With the announcement of KVH Industries entering the commercial aviation market, it appears that we will be seeing satellite TV on more U.S. aircraft.

KVH announced that it had received a $20.1 million contract from a leading in-flight entertainment supplier. Under the contract, KVH will design, develop and manufacture new DirecTV-compatible satellite TV antennas to be used on narrow-body commercial aircraft operating in the United States.

“This new endeavor marks a significant and logical step in KVH’s evolution as a leading source for innovative mobile broadband technology on land, sea, and now in the air,” said KVH CEO Martin Kits van Heyningen. “As KVH has demonstrated in boats and vehicles around the globe over the last 15 years, live satellite television content like sporting events and breaking news is a compelling product for consumers.”

He predicted that passenger demand for in-flight entertainment, along with airline company recognition that live programming provides competitive and financial benefits, would drive growth in this area of technology.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.