W Hotels Taps Lodgenet to Deliver Interactive HDTV at all Properties
W Hotels has selected LodgeNet Interactive Corporation to install Envision interactive HDTV systems across the United States, as per a recently-signed master services agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
The installations – which have already begun and will extend through the first quarter of 2012 – will upgrade more than 8,000 guest rooms across the United States and will include LodgeNet’s eCompendium App, featuring:
- Guest Info, which provides guests with valuable hotel and local information on an interactive basis, reducing the hotel’s marketing costs and environmental footprint.
- W Happenings Channel, playing hotel-specific content with daily activities and hotel events Wake-Up, which turns on the TV to wake guests at the time they choose
- eCheckout through the TV, with a receipt e-mailed to the address the guest enters
- The LodgeNet PowerPortal, a Web-based portal that equips each hotel’s staff to add, delete or update hotel managed content on its Envision system
Guests will have access to a range of on-demand HD entertainment, including the best still-in- theaters and Hollywood movies. All Envision upgrades will include LodgeNet’s new remote control that features a full QWERTY keyboard for text-intensive applications.