Sutton Place Hotel Becomes First Canadian Property to Install High-Def Free-to-Guest Service from LodgeNet

The Sutton Place Hotel has finalized an agreement that makes it the first Canadian property to receive high-definition free-to-guest (HD FTG) service from LodgeNet (Canada) and Rogers Communications Inc.

LodgeNet (Canada) has installed The Sutton Place Hotel with a headend based FTG solution that delivers a wide variety of channels, including 12 channels in HD. This solution enables HD FTG content to be properly encrypted throughout the hotel without additional equipment in the guest room, as all equipment is in a central location.

Toronto-based Rogers Communications Inc. is purchasing the equipment for the solution, and has contracted LodgeNet (Canada) to provide maintenance and ongoing customer support. Rogers Communications Inc. has assembled a monthly service that includes all programming and service fees for The Sutton Place. The solution is the first to be deployed through a new partnership between LodgeNet (Canada) and Rogers Communications Inc. The arrangement between LodgeNet and Rogers provides hotels with reliable service and support that is managed by LodgeNet's industry leading field service organization, and a single service number for both video-on-demand and HD FTG services.

"We are excited that we are now offering travelers the TV programs and channels they want in HD, which will provide an in-room experience as good as they enjoy at home - if not better," says Nick Vesely, general manager for The Sutton Place Hotel, Toronto. "The solution provided by LodgeNet and Rogers is ideal for our property, and perfectly timed."

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