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New KVH TracVision TV8 Provides Vessels With Global Satellite TV The Powerful Yet Compact Antenna Enables Yachts and Merchant Ships at Sea to Receive Satellite TV Programming Worldwide, Including High Definition KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq:KVHI) announces the introduction of the TracVision® TV8 maritime satellite TV antenna system, which is designed to provide the tracking, reception, and extended coverage area needed for yachts and merchant vessels calling on ports around the world. The TracVision TV8 is compatible with nearly all Ku-band services around the globe, and it also supports such services as DIRECTV®, DISH Network® and DISH HD, and Bell TV in North America, and TrueVisions, Astro, and Sky TV in the Asia-Pacific region. The TracVision TV8 is being unveiled at the Sea Asia conference in Singapore, which begins Tuesday, April 21. A powerful, fully stabilized system, the 81 cm (32 inch) diameter TracVision TV8 enables yacht owners to enjoy their favorite satellite TV programming while on the water; the system also makes it possible for commercial maritime operators to ensure their crew has access to the recreational entertainment services that are now recommended by international regulations such as the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006. "The TracVision TV8 has the top engineering characteristics our antenna systems are known for around the world," says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH's chief executive officer. "With its advanced tracking and extended coverage area, it is an ideal system for a superyacht in the Mediterranean, a tanker ship in the Baltic, or any number of ships on the world's oceans. These rugged systems are fully stabilized and stay locked on the satellite even in heavy seas." The TracVision TV8 system represents the latest technology in maritime satellite TV, a market where KVH has produced award- winning products for more than 17 years. KVH's TracVision satellite antenna systems are currently in use on everything from container ships, tankers, commercial fishing vessels and government patrol boats to cruising sailboats and luxury superyachts. Read more: release/new-kvh-tracvision-tv8- provides-vessels-with-global- satellite-tv-20150420-01255
Al Gore: Solar Is Like Satellite TV Al Gore: Solar Is Like Satellite TV Who will be Netflix? You can’t throw a stone at a clean energy conference without hitting a speaker that pulls out the telecom analogy while discussing the changes happening in the electric utility industry. At the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, former Vice President Al Gore started with that analogy, but then took a detour. He used the telecom analogy when talking about the leapfrog effect that could happen with distributed generation in places without the grid, such as what happened in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, where consumers went straight to mobile phones instead of waiting for the buildout of telephone wires. But where the grid exists, “This is like satellite TV versus the cable monopoly. It’s exactly the same as with distributed solar,” Gore said. “Renewable energy is providing choice.” Gore recalled that when President George H.W. Bush vetoed the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, it was passed by the Senate and House just days later. Gore said it was the option of consumer choice that compelled many conservatives, including Strom Thurmond, to vote for the bill despite the veto by a Republican president. The issue of choice is also why many conservatives back rooftop solar today. “We are not many years off from a day where I could ask an audience, ‘How many of you no longer have an electric utility grid connection?’” said Gore. “It will be growing year by year.” But the analogy falls short of explaining what the new world of energy services might look like. The move away from cable today is more about a choice to have a tailored, yet distributed, landscape of media, rather than just the option to ditch the incumbent.  Read more: ticles/read/al-gore-solar-is-like- satellite-tv
Satellite TV industry wants to head off 5% state tax   State lawmakers are considering a 5 percent tax on satellite services to supply additional money for education.   State lawmakers are considering a 5 percent tax on satellite services to supply additional money for education. Satellite TV representatives said Monday they fear the Illinois legislature may try to revive the idea of a tax on satellite TV services as a way of paying for a new public works construction program. While acknowledging they haven’t seen the proposal in a bill yet this year, the representatives said a possible 5 percent tax on cable services is unfair, particularly to people living in rural areas who may not have access to cable TV. “Satellite TV is important to the rural areas of the state because oftentimes cable doesn’t provide service in those areas,” said Lisa McCabe, senior director of public policy for the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association. “Satellite TV really fills a void there, providing entertainment and news.” McCabe said there are about 1.3 million satellite TV users in the state, or about one-third of the pay television market. She said the industry employs 790 people plus about 1,000 installers. Legislators initially eyed a 5 percent tax on satellite services to supply additional money for education. A bill to do that passed the Senate, but was not considered in the House. McCabe and others at a Monday news conference said they are concerned the idea might be revived to help pay for a new public works construction program in Illinois. Gov. Bruce Rauner has said he wants a new capital plan passed, but has not specified how to pay for it. The cable TV industry has said it is an issue of fairness. Cable TV companies pay a 5 percent franchise fee to operate in the state. However, McCabe noted that cable uses public rights-of-way for its technology. Read more: 406/NEWS/150409466/1994/NEW S

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