DirecTV's New Hotel Lineup Also Includes An Anti-Germ Remote

Talk about a strange way to introduce a product. We're all about health and hygiene, but health and consumer electronics don't often go together without an infomercial being involved. However, DirecTV's latest offering combines the two quite interestingly, and those who travel often will no doubt appreciate the gesture. The company's Residential Experience for Hotels offers more than just 100+ HD channels. It also provides the first anti-microbial remote designed specifically for DirecTV for use in the lodging industry.

The world's largest pay-TV company is looking to seriously upgrade TV service within hotels, expand the HD offerings and bring along -- yes -- a sanitized remote. The Residential Experience for Hotels is currently testing in select properties across the country and will launch later this summer, but who knows if this magical remote will start to ship in consumer boxes, too. Keep those dirty digits ready -- you never know when your remote will be the cleaner of the two.

DIRECTV Debugs the Television Remote – Germ-Free HD Coming Soon to a Hotel Room Near You

DIRECTV Introduces 'Residential Experience' for Hotels – 10 Times More HD; Interactive Program Guide; Full Residential Lineup; First Anti-Microbial Remote Designed by DIRECTV for Lodging Industry
HITEC 2011

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DIRECTV, the world's largest pay-TV provider, is changing the way hotel guests experience their favorite movies, shows and news programs, all while removing the invisible germs usually found on TV remotes.

"With approximately 20 percent of hotels currently offering HD service to their guests, we expect this new service to significantly expand the HD offering in this market with the added benefit of a sanitized remote."

DIRECTV's innovative new Residential Experience for Hotels will transport the living room experience into the hotel room with more than 100 HD channels, an enhanced interactive program guide, the full residential programming lineup, and the first anti-microbial remote designed by DIRECTV specifically for the lodging and hospitality industry.

The DIRECTV Residential Experience for Hotels is currently testing in select properties across the country and will launch later this summer. The DIRECTV service delivers the 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. Additional benefits of the system include:

Interactive program guide – DIRECTV's co-branded interactive programming guide offers easy navigation and search functionality, just like at home. During testing, 96 percent of guests said it was easy to navigate the new DIRECTV Residential Experience guide.
Expanded HD channel offering – Guests gain access to up to 10 times more of their favorite HD programming, with more than 100 HD channels including CNN, ESPN and HBO.
Simplified, germ-free remote – Updated remote offers simple, intuitive design and the first anti-microbial remote designed by DIRECTV specifically for the lodging and hospitality industry.
No upfront equipment costs – Cost-effective, scalable technology solutions to fit each property's unique needs.

"We understand consumers want the same programming diversity and ease-of-use they have at home while they're travelling, and DIRECTV's Residential Experience for Hotels will deliver those same features and benefits right into the hotel room," said Rod Keller, vice president of Commercial Sales for DIRECTV. "With approximately 20 percent of hotels currently offering HD service to their guests, we expect this new service to significantly expand the HD offering in this market with the added benefit of a sanitized remote."

DIRECTV's Residential Experience for Hotels will be introduced at the HITEC conference in Austin, Texas, which runs from June 20-23 at the Austin Convention Center. The service will be available to hoteliers across the country beginning later this summer.

DIRECTV's service for lodging and institutions provides guests with free-to-guest programming in hotels, motels, hospitals, dormitories and nursing homes with the choice of a package or an a la carte basis. DIRECTV's single-dish solution enables properties to install one mini-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 or other businesses, please visit directv.com/business.
Via:  DirecTV
Tags:  HDTV, DirecTV, Remote
Comments
omegadraco 3 years ago

Sweet this is certainly a plus for the hotel industry. Though if we live in a completely germ free environment all it is going to take is one little cold bug slipping through to kill us all.

jonation 3 years ago

does it exude purell?

omegadoom13 3 years ago

That's pretty cool. Heard it first on Hot Hardware! :)

Here's my suggestion to Direct TV: Hurry this up for the consumers... and for businesses like hospitals, clinics, nursing homes--places where hygiene and health are important.

I would like this offered to hospitals for patient use. Many readers here are well-informed about the dangers lurking in hospitals... you go in one to be treated for an infection and leave with another type of infection... or worse, not leave at all.

Nice article Ray!

ThunderBird 3 years ago

Sounds like a good idea for that I-pad that airline service is putting on their fights we read about a few days ago. If they can develop an anti microbial material that would be great for more than just remotes I could see this on I-Pads, cell phones, ect ect.

rrplay 3 years ago

yep a more sanitary remote can be a good thing . to go along with the upgraded package they are either selling or promoting Are folks going to research ahead to se if where they are going to be staying at $$$ per night check ahead to see if they have the upgraded Direct TV service with the sanitary remote.?

I dunno still interesting and if a micro-antibacterial materilas can be used on phones keyboard etc could be a good thing as well.Esp in retail homeowner versions to include the remote.

Ever noticehow some folks that are neat freaks sanitary phobes seem to be sick a lot with colds etc ?

Interesting and thanks Ray

animatortom 3 years ago

KewL Remote!

I just want one that shocks anyone who touches my remote:P

carter 3 months ago

Every human either it's living in some place in United States or any where else has visited hotels and restaurants. In most of the restaurants food servers and such other workers are known to be symbol of quality. If they are treating you like a king there might be chances that they are also conscious about your health. while some have only there to earn money and no concerned with healthy food and all that stuff. Anyhow it's a good step other also has to be them.

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