Additionally, LodgeNet's new high-definition interactive TV interface makes it easy and fun for guests to navigate and enjoy free-to-guest, video on demand, and hotel/brand content. These two factors have combined to help make SIGNETURE HDTV the high-definition guest entertainment platform of choice for hoteliers.
Sioux Falls, SD (PRWEB) January 12, 2007
LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: LNET), the world leader in interactive TV and broadband solutions to hotels, today announced its SIGNETURE HDTVSM guest entertainment solution is contracted for over 80,000 hotel rooms and was deployed to more than 17,000 hotel rooms as of December 31, 2006. LodgeNet also leads the hospitality industry by delivering the most available Hollywood theatrical HD content to hotel guests with approximately 20% of video on demand movies available in high definition each month
"2006 was the year the hotel industry committed to HDTV," said David Bankers, LodgeNet's Senior Vice President, Product and Technology Development. "Our SIGNETURE HDTV platform helped make the decision easy for hoteliers by enabling them to 'WOW' their guests with an entertainment experience matching the impact of their new, ultra-modern flat panel TVs."
As evidence of LodgeNet's commitment to helping hotels make the move to HDTV easy, Bankers pointed to the company's TV Compatibility Program, under which TV vendors have specific models tested and certified as being compatible with LodgeNet's HDTV platform. "We launched the TV Compatibility Program to help hoteliers sift through the growing assortment of HD displays to find the ones that can deliver the broadest range of available HD content and an easy-to-use guest experience," Bankers explained. He noted that LodgeNet designates two types of HD displays: HD Integrated models (which do not require a set-top box, thereby giving the entire solution better economics, improved in-room aesthetics, lower power requirements and a host of other benefits), and HD Ready models (which interface with the SIGNETURE HDTV system when installed with the appropriate additional equipment).
Top chains choose LodgeNet HD; Fun, easy-to-use guest experience contributes to leadership position
LodgeNet, which has delivered high-definition programming to hotels since 2003, provides HDTV guest entertainment solutions for Hilton, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt Hotels, Marriott, Kimpton Hotels and other leading chains. "LodgeNet's SIGNETURE HDTV entertainment platform is easily customized to provide guests with a consistent on-screen brand message that delivers real-time property information along with other branded high-definition hotel content," stated Peter Klebanoff, Vice President of Sales and Industry Relations for LodgeNet. "Additionally, LodgeNet's new high-definition interactive TV interface makes it easy and fun for guests to navigate and enjoy free-to-guest, video on demand, and hotel/brand content. These two factors have combined to help make SIGNETURE HDTV the high-definition guest entertainment platform of choice for hoteliers."
LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation (http://www.lodgenet.com) is the world leader in interactive TV and broadband solutions to hotels throughout the United States and Canada as well as select international markets. These services include on-demand movies, on-demand games, music and music videos, subscription sports programming, and television on-demand programming, as well as high-speed Internet access; all designed to serve the needs of the lodging industry and the traveling public. LodgeNet provides service to more than one million interactive hotel rooms and serves more than 6,000 hotel properties worldwide. LodgeNet estimates that during 2006, approximately 300 million domestic and international travelers had access to LodgeNet's interactive television systems. In addition, LodgeNet is a leading innovator in the delivery of on-demand patient education, information, and entertainment to healthcare facilities. LodgeNet is listed on NASDAQ and trades under the symbol LNET.
Director of Corporate Communications
LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation
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