By Thibaut Boissot, Sales Engineer at Anevia
At home, we are used to watching TV when we want and where we want. Having TV channels dictate when we must sit in front of the TV is a thing of the past. And now, we expect the same home TV experience when we travel.
So how can hotels meet this expectation?
Let’s start with a brief history of hotel TV services. Anevia has a long history of providing solutions to build entertainment systems. 15 years ago, we started to provide IPTV solutions for hotels with our Flamingo headends. A couple of years later, in addition to the live service, we introduced non-linear services – mostly VoD (Video-on-Demand) services at that time.
But what are non-linear TV services? The term refers to all TV services that are not “live” – such as Video-on-Demand, pause-TV, PVR (Personal Video Recorder), catch-up, timeshifted TV, and so on. Over the last few years, non-linear use cases have been a clear trend. This is especially true for the young generation.
As time passes, viewers’ needs change. The border between live and non-linear is now blurry. People need live TV for news and sports events, and VoD for watching movies. There are other use cases which are neither live nor VoD – for example, pause TV and nPVR.
Hotels are following this general trend. Moreover, hotels used to offer VoD as a paid service; now they include it in their standard room service. Therefore, there is no more supplementary revenue for hotels.
This is why we decided to bring live and non-linear together in just one Flamingo head-end. I believe that non-linear is one of the key aspects of hotels’ TV offerings.
So, how can hotels enable the home TV experience? Watch this video for my insights:
And stay tuned for our next blog article to learn how WebTV can make the TV offering more appealing.
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