continues its mission to keeping hotel guests connected with the launch of their new MediaHub SL Desktop connectivity panel. This new option makes installing in-room device-friendly TV connectivity effortless and budget concerns non-existent. It is plug & play right out of the box. And, with a price tag starting at just under £56GBP ($87USD), hoteliers now have an affordable option for improved guestroom connectivity with little or no renovation requirements. (Prices correct as of 20/02/13)
Hotel guests can use MediaHub SL to experience their music, videos, photos and other multi-media content from their personal multimedia device through the hotel room’s flat screen HDTV. Neil Betterton, vice president of product development for says, “what is great about MediaHub SL is the fact that it has all the audio/video connections a guest would need for watching their Netflix movies, listening to their iTunes playlists or enjoying other content from their mobile device on the in-room TV, including high definition video from their iPad® or other tablet. The MediaHub SL also provides a high-current USB power for charging.”
As digital content continues to move into the cloud, that familiar content is now on-demand wherever you go. According to Betterton, “more and more people of all ages are accessing content in completely new ways - from Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora on their gaming consoles and Bluray players and from their mobile devices when away from home. Watching on a mobile makes sense on an airplane, but when they get to the hotel they want connect into the TV and get back to that at-home type of experience.”
The hotel guest is getting savvier as technology advances every day. Smart hoteliers are responding with simple device-friendly connectivity that protects against guests tampering with the back of the TV or other technology installed in the room. Betterton explains, “Hospitality will see usage of this connectivity continue to grow as more and more hoteliers recognize the need for this type of amenity in their guestrooms. Right now their guests are sticking their arms behind in-room TVs to connect their multimedia devices. Connectivity panels are a necessary amenity, and we have made it affordable and painless for hoteliers to add it to their guestrooms.”
MediaHub SL Desktop is packaged complete with cabling attached and encased for improved back-end aesthetics with uncomplicated cable running to the TV. A shorter one-meter, or three-foot, cable length option leaves the perfect amount of slack for placing the panel just beside the TV in a clean, clutter-free installation – this means no renovation, no cutouts, no assembly, and no conduit cable running is required. Simply connect the cables, set it down and guests are ready to use it. Additional mounting plates are available for added security.
“We also managed to engineer MediaHub SL to be compatible with literally any hospitality TV on the market, new or old,” says Betterton. MediaHub SL Desktop features range from passive mode to integrated auto-switching with the TV or set top box. MediaHub SL can be turned on by using the guest remote control, through prompts in the VOD channel roster or by using an auto-switching feature that utilizes the TV’s serial port and automatically switches the input when the guest plugs in.
We have thought of everything with this panel range,” says Betterton. “Better compatibility, universal device connectivity, slim and attractive design, ease of installation… all at an affordable price. I’m exciting to see the opportunities is now offering hoteliers and their guests at all star-level properties for advanced device-friendly TV connectivity.”
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