KVH has met the competition by rejiggering the original battle-beginning M3 into three models. Actually the M3st is the original—with a DirecTV receiver and IR/RF remote included—only a thousand dollars less costly at $3,995. Assuming the $4,995 position is the new M3dx, which lets you use your own HD receivers for DirecTV (plus $295 for a converter), Dish, or ExpressVu—or even Sky Mexico or European services with a component swap. And finally there's the new M2 (shown), which is the original all-in-one-box system except that some of the more expensive sensors have been downgraded such that tracking is only rated for at-anchor use, and its price is $2,995. Altogether, 14-inch TV domes have become a hot and healthy-for-consumers category, and it’s surely not over. In fact, King Controls reports that it will soon offer an "at anchor" system something like the M2, only cheaper.
This article originally appeared in the August 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.