On-demand TV viewing continues to secrete itself into the fabric of your lives and now its squeezing more viewing hours out of you from hotel rooms across the US. DirecTV's HD DVRs pack the typical programming guide and recording options, plus the ability for hotels to add up to 50 channels of their own content to the recorders -- meaning plenty of hotel infomercials dying to be paused, live. DirecTV has now officially launched its Residential Experience, bringing its DVR technology to 110 hotels across the country. Fortunately, the systems also include the hygienic touch of an anti-microbial remote. Classy.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Pausing, rewinding or recording live TV programming may become as routine as raiding the mini-bar for guests who stay in hotels that offer DIRECTV's Residential Experience service, which recently won first runner-up award for 'Most Innovative Hospitality' at Hotel Technology Next Generation's (HTNG) 8th annual North American conference in Chicago.
DIRECTV is now offering HD DVRs as part of its Residential Experience service for the lodging industry, designed to offer guests a home away from home video experience. As hotel guests unwind after a busy day, they'll also be able to rewind, pause and record live DIRECTV programming - not missing a moment of their favorite show or game broadcast when room service arrives or the phone rings.
The DVR feature is part of the second phase of DIRECTV's initiative to completely transform the TV viewing experience in hotels, turning guest rooms into living rooms with a full residential channel line-up of over 100 HD channels controlled with an anti-microbial remote and easy-to-use interactive programming guide.
In addition to DVR functionality, the DIRECTV Residential Experience for Hotels will now also support local content insertion - hotels can customize the in-room television experience with the ability to insert up to 50 of their own content channels seamlessly integrated into the channel guide; and an enhanced HD programming guide - the same one guests see at home - that is faster, smarter, easier-to-use and can also be co-branded with the hotel.
"DIRECTV's Residential Experience for Hotels provides the best and most convenient entertainment for business travelers and hotel guests today," said Oswin Eleonora, senior vice president, Emerging Markets. "Offering DVR functionality in rooms is just one more way hotels can provide their guests with a true 'home away from home' experience while they travel, which in turn will create a more loyal customer base that will to help to increase revenue for lodging institutions across the country."
The DIRECTV Residential Experience for Hotels is currently in 110 properties across the country. The service delivers programming to compact, easily hidden set-top boxes in each hotel room so that guests can enjoy the same great DIRECTV experience they get at home.
"Our guests tell us that they want a TV experience similar to or better than what they have at home," said Josh Weiss, vice president, brand and guest technology, Hilton Worldwide. "As we couple the DIRECTV Residential Experience, which includes more than 100 HD channels and a user-friendly programming guide, with HDTVs now deployed across our portfolio, we continue to build an in-room experience that delights our guests."
DIRECTV's service for lodging and institutions provides access to state-of-the-art technology, superior service and unmatched programming to rooms in hotels, motels, hospitals, dormitories and senior living establishments through a selection of programming packages or on an a la carte basis. DIRECTV offers a single-dish solution, which enables properties to install one dish per rooftop, and if a property is already wired for video distribution, installation is that much easier. For more information on DIRECTV for hotels of other businesses, please visit directv.com/business.