Live from HITEC: LG and Swisscom Launch All-in-One TV Solution

Swisscom Hospitality Services and LG Electronics today announced the launch of ConnectedHotel TV, an all-in-one hospitality solution that delivers interactive High Definition television, Video-on-Demand, and complete wired and wireless Internet connectivity through one converged network and one TV without a Set-top box. Hoteliers can keep guest rooms free of unnecessary hardware and benefit from a single operator who manages the service all the way from the movie server to the TV screen. Swisscom will demo ConnectedHotel TV this week at HITEC in Orlando, Florida, at stand number 859.

ConnectedHotel TV allows hotels, regardless of their network infrastructure — be it Coax, Ethernet or telephone cable, to "plug" into the world of IP television and web-based services. So far, properties with Coax cabling have had limited options to upgrade their guest room entertainment. Thanks to the LG ConnectedHotel TV screen, any hotel with a functional network can now offer its guests a personalized, interactive HDTV experience in combination with Swisscom Hospitality Services' proven IPTV and HSIA features.

At the heart of the new solution, the LG ConnectedHotel TV packs a host of guest services into a cutting-edge flat panel. This purpose-built TV screen is a true powerhouse: It provides an exceptional visual performance supporting hardware-processed Flash technology and streams high-resolution content from a variety of sources including DTT, IPTV channels and the Web, all without set-top boxes. The LG ConnectedHotel TV also comes with an embedded IP switch enabling Wired and Wireless Internet connectivity directly through the TV set. Hoteliers reduce both their CAPEX during the acquisition and installation of the system and their OPEX thanks to lower maintenance cost and energy consumption by running just on one device in the room.

The LG ConnectedHotel TV enables a hybrid channel setup, combining digital terrestrial, satellite and cable TV broadcasting with IPTV channels including web radios. Moreover, it allows hoteliers to feature web based guest services on the TV screen such as weather forecasts, news portals, stock exchange data, social networking, video sharing and other popular sites.

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