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Philips launches MediaSuite TVs giving today’s hotel guests, tomorrow’s connectivity

New research shows that more than half of travelers would rather book a hotel with internet-connected TVs    

Philips, the leading provider of TV solutions to the hospitality industry, has recently launched MediaSuite - a new internet enabled TV range allowing guests to access a world of online entertainment and information from within the comfort of their hotel room.

The launch of Philips’ MediaSuite was supported by research indicating travelers are attracted to hotels offering interactive TV services. More than half (55%) of respondents in a pan-European survey of 6,767 travelers, said that they would chose a hotel offering an internet enabled TV service over one which does not. 92% stated they would use NetTV every time they are in a hotel room. The most appealing services to access via the internet were found to be catch-up TV (39%), news (17%) and weather (11%). In terms of hospitality specific services, city information (39%) is most in demand, followed concierge services (16%) and airport information (10%).

Philips’ MediaSuite TVs are the latest addition to Philips’ portfolio of products specially designed for the hotel sector. This new range allows hoteliers to cost-effectively offer guests previously unaccessible interactive services via a wealth of online NetTV apps without the need for a set-top box.

Philips MediaSuite enables guests to experience the full functionality of the internet without the need to unpack a laptop or netbook to access the web. Catch-up TV, online apps such as local weather and news, Facebook and Twitter can now be accessed through the TV, meaning guests can be as connected in their hotel room as they are at home. The easy-to-use system includes an innovative remote control specifically designed for intuitive navigation through the range of interactive services.

Wouter Staal, Sr. Global Marketing Manager, Philips Hotel TV, commented: “Our mission is to help hotel owners and managers around the world deliver a differentiated guest experience in a cost-effective and sustainable way through our Hotel TV solutions. MediaSuite enhances our offering and demonstrates our commitment to providing competitive advantage to our partners through innovation and service.”

Ian Millar CHTP, Professor of Information Technology, Deputy Director of Innovation, Lausanne Hotel School commented:“Guests today expect technology to be part of the experience hoteliers create for them. They want and expect to be able to enjoy access to the same entertainment and social media they would at home. By enabling this, the Philips MediaSuite is not only a great product, but just what the industry needs.”

For more information, visit www.philips.com/hoteltv or contact your local Philips distributor.

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