Thursday, February 16, 2006

A Zephyr First

I've been writing and editing Zephyr for almost a year and today recieved my first blog public relations "pitch."

Out of sheer novelty I'll play along, but future PR flacks beware, the next time you have a go at me you're going to have to reach a little higher than, "given your interest in boating I thought you might like to see that..."

....everyone's favorite evil computer empire has apparently joined forces with KVH (and I have to admit to being intrigued by the technology they claim to be delivering to the boating community).


KVH and Microsoft expand broadband deal to boaters

02/16/2006 10:34 AM

Six weeks after announcing a new initiative to bring MSN TV service to consumers traveling in cars, trucks, RVs and boats, Middleton R.I.’s KVH Industries Inc. has taken the next step in its partnership with Microsoft Corp. and will be rolling out an Internet access and MSN TV service aimed at boaters.

The networking tandem is developing the service, as well as its associated\nhardware and software, and expects the suite to be available for purchase in mid-2006.

Product pricing was not announced, and financial details regarding the partnership were not disclosed.

KVH’s Mobile Internet Receiver will be the core of the service, coupled with MSN TV service, a customized version of the MSN TV 2 Internet and Media Player. The suite will provide in-motion access to web browsing, as well as Microsoft media, messaging, e-mail and other online services. Users will manipulate the service via a wireless keyboard and standard televisions installed on boats.

Broadband Evolution Data Optimized (EVDO) data services, with data rates ranging from 400 Kbps to 2.4 Mbps, will drive access, with the help of a marinized, amplified antenna for two-way mobile connections. The system will also include wi-fi output to provide Internet connectivity to any wi-fi-enabled laptop or other product, making a yacht a “floating hotspot.”


1 comment:

Tillerman said...

I'm jealous. I've been writing my blog for a year now and I've had zero offers to turn my Laser into a floating hotspot.