updated 12:55 pm EST, Thu February 15, 2007
TracVision Satellite HDTV
KVH today introduced a trio of satellite receivers in its TracVision range tailored primarily for smaller boats. In contrast to most satellite domes that need to be used with larger ships, each of the new versions measures only 14 inches across: letting smaller fishing boats and yachts tune even sensitive HDTV signal from their masts. The M3 DX is the company's flagship model for boats that regularly change satellite networks: a multi-format receiver can switch between Western networks such as DirecTV or DISH, and will also tune Canada's ExpressVu or Sky Mexico. A European version receives broadcasts from its home continent as well as many Asian networks. The DX is able to capture TV at full speed and as far as 200 miles offshore, KVH brags.
Two variants have also been released for captains with less demands. The M3 ST specializes in DirecTV coverage and adds a custom remote as well as all the local and national programming, while the simplified M2 is there for boaters who want DirecTV only when anchored at home or a favorite spot. Exact availability isn't known, though prices should start at $2,995.