Cox Business Expands Video Portfolio to Offer Major Chain Hotels HD Free-to-Guest Services

Cox Business recently announced that is has expanded its business video portfolio to include high definition free-to-guest services for major national and regional chains. Cox Business has offered similar services to large gaming hotel properties for several years, primarily in Las Vegas. The new capabilities extend the crystal clear viewing experience of high definition to guests at hotels in Cox markets across the U.S.
Cox Business' standard offer includes 24 encrypted high-definition channels to hotel customers, including local broadcast channels and premium sports and movie channels, but can expand to support additional high definition channels based on individual hotel needs. Cox Business delivers Zenith's Pro:Idiom encrypted high-definition feeds, which are compliant with premium channel content security requirements and the television set standard that the hospitality industry has adopted. Interoperability with Pro:Idiom allows Cox Business to deliver high definition content without additional equipment in each guest room, such as set-top boxes.

Hilton Sandestin among successful launches
The new high definition service has been successfully trialed and launched in hotel properties in several Cox markets and the capabilities exist in all Cox markets today. In September, Cox Business installed high definition free-to-guest services in 600 guest suites at Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort & Spa.
"The high quality picture of Cox high definition service is consistent with the experience guests expect from a 4-star hotel," says Leonard Martin, director of engineering, Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort & Spa. "The service implementation was simple and meets the entertainment needs of our guests. Cox's high definition free-to-guest solution is something all hotels should consider as an additional amenity."
High-definition services can be integrated into many of the more commonly used Video On Demand (VOD) entertainment systems to deliver a seamless experience for hotel guests. Cox Business works closely with each hotel property owner to ensure the service is properly installed and delivers a crystal clear picture to each guest room.
As part of its total telecommunications portfolio, Cox Business provides video packages designed specifically for businesses. Solutions for private offices, break rooms and waiting rooms include an additional news and finance option for businesses and a family-oriented package for service industries. The offers are designed specifically to create more cost effective video options for businesses through custom channel line-ups, while still allowing them to provide the content that is most relevant to their customer and employee audiences. Cox Business has applied product innovation and business service expertise again to meet the needs of the hospitality industry with high definition free-to-guest services
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