Are You Getting the Most From Your In-Room Entertainment?
By Michael S. Wasik Chairman, CEO, Interim CFO, Roomlinx Inc. | April 30, 2010
Take Back Control of your TV - Haven't you let others control it long enough?
You've just arrived in a new city and checked into your hotel. You turn on the TV to be greeted with a woman telling you to select 1 for Hollywood hits, or 2 for hot, steamy action. Not the most welcoming greeting. Its 6:30pm, you're hungry, you have some work to do, and you want to relax. You do not feel like talking to the concierge so you boot-up your laptop to do a Google search, but you need to get an access code to log on to the internet. 15 minutes later you are able to view restaurants in the area.
Once you've calmed your grumbling stomach, you pull the laptop out again to do your work. Then, to take your mind off your travels and long day, you venture to the TV again and begin surfing the channels to find a very limited selection, and only 3 HD channels. You peruse through the movie options that will, on average, set you back the cost of a week's worth of lattes. No HD movies either. You decide to turn in; a bit frustrated and not so relaxed.
You walk into your room to some relaxing background music and beautiful HD images rotating on a flatscreen LCD TV, which also displays a welcome message. Once you're settled in, you pick up the remote control and have easy access to many local restaurant options listed in an easy-to-read display, complete with map and directions from the hotel, right on the hotel's LCD TV. You can visit the restaurant's website with the click of a button, view their menus and even read customer reviews. You order food from one of the restaurants and, while you wait for your delivery, you explore the 'Business' option on the TV screen and notice all the programs you need are right there. You plug in your flash drive and start editing your documents and spreadsheets with a wireless keyboard.