Hotel TV media provider uses cloud-hosted weather and flight apps
A cloud-hosted weather app may be coming soon to your hotel room TV.
The hotel’s guests can turn on the TV and access City Info, Flight Info, a Weather app, eWelcome, Guest Info, a Happenings Channel, Guest Survey, Property Message and Wake Up service, LodgeNet says.
Internet TV is nothing new for LodgeNet, but the Envision platform “connects the guest-room TV to the cloud,” says spokeswoman Ann Parker.
“This works through a variety of applications that we have created that reach out through the Internet to pull content from cloud-hosted services,” Parker says. “These include applications such as Flight Information and Weather.”
Envision, Parker adds, also enables hoteliers to publish content to the guest room TV through a hosted central location.
At The Chatwell New York, the guests get, in addition to all of the apps, a bunch of HD entertainment options, including Hollywood movies, Parker says.
Parker of LodgeWorks says some of its Envision installations will be testing streaming Internet applications, including access to Pandora and other partner services by the end of 2011.
Of course, hotel guests may welcome the diversity of apps on their guest room TVs even if they are unaware of their cloud origins.
Guests typically are more interested in the clouds than cloud-computing.
Dennis Schaal was North American editor for Tnooz.