Tubi Enters the Hospitality Business

Tubi, the San Francisco-based ad-supported video on demand (AVOD) service, March 3 announced it has entered a deal with tech company Enseo to launch on the tech company’s in-room entertainment platform available in more than 30,000 hotel rooms.

With Tubi, the Enseo platform offers 20,000 movies and television shows from over 250 content partners, including nearly every major Hollywood studio.

Tubi is available in guest rooms in over 20 hotel and resort brands, including many independent boutique hotels around the country.

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“Our collaboration with Enseo comes at a time where we remain focused on providing easy access to premium content for everyone,” Andrea Clarke-Hall, VP of business development, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled about our partnership that will allow guests to enjoy our massive library at no additional cost.”

Enseo’s platform is specially developed to support future technologies and continuously evolve to include new products, features and apps over time. In addition to in-room entertainment, Enseo’s platform powers additional products including the “MadeSafe” employee safety solution, “Fido” IoT energy management, and high-speed Internet.

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Tubi recently announced its active monthly users reached 25 million in December, and “total view time” grew to more than 163 million hours watched — an increase of 160% from 2018.


Dish Offering Netflix Access in Hotels

Dish Network June 18 announced it is now offering access to Netflix for guests staying at hotels connected to the satellite operator’s platform.

Separately, Bloomberg reports Dish is finalizing a $6 billion deal to buy assets from Sprint and T-Mobile to help the telecom meet regulatory approval for their merger.

Guests staying at hotels equipped with Dish’s Evolve platform can access to their personal Netflix accounts directly from the TV in their room.

Users can subscribe to Netflix or sign into their existing account by accessing the Netflix app via the on-screen TV menu, the linear channel guide or simply by pressing the Netflix button on the remote control. User credentials are automatically removed from the system when they check out of the room.

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The launch of Netflix access makes Dish the first major pay-TV provider in the U.S. to integrate the SVOD service on a customized hotel TV platform.

Dish also introduced a new streaming service that allows guests to watch TV anywhere in a hotel, in-and-out of their rooms, on personal devices connected to the property’s network.

“Hotel operators can [now] offer … entertainment options for guests by personalizing the in-room TV experience or providing the flexibility to watch content anywhere on the property, like at the pool or gym,” Alistair Chatwin, VP of Dish Business, said in a statement.

Launched in 2017, Evolve integrates live linear programming, casting and streaming apps via the Google Play Store. It is designed to work with any hotel wiring scenario, as well as existing or upgraded network infrastructure.

Dish’s streaming service is available on browser-enabled devices and features 24 channels selected by the hotel and delivered over the property’s IP network.

Hotel owners have the option to customize the guest experience with personalization and branding opportunities in the streaming TV service user interface.

Charter Ups Hospitality Video Spectrum

Cable operator Charter Communications is joining other pay-TV providers in expanding its over-the-top video and broadband services to the hospitality market, which includes hotels, hospitals and universities, among others.

Charter June 19  announced expansion of its “Enterprise TV Portfolio,” offering third-party retail and consumer-facing businesses the same type of digital video entertainment options found in the home.

Options include “Fiber Connect Plus TV,” featuring HDTV video programming delivered over fiber without the need for a converter box. This platform helps to engage and inform hotel guests, hospital patients, university students and enterprise employees without the requirement of any expensive head-end equipment on-premises.

Charter’s “Set-Back Box TV” provides a customizable video service to help inform and entertain hotel guests and hospital patients with a homelike TV viewing experience. The platform delivers HDTV programming to the premise via coax and then is distributed to slim, compact set-back boxes that are mounted behind each television. It features an interactive program guide, the ability to pause live TV and a library of over 7,000 hours of on-demand content.

 “SpectrumU TV” is an over-the-top video streaming service delivering live TV, with local channels and regional sports networks, interactive program guide and an on-demand content. It is available to students on campus via a wired or wireless network using iOS and Android mobile devices as well as Mac and PC compatible tablets, laptops and desktops.

“Hotels, hospitals and universities want a TV solution that fits the needs of their guests, patients or students,” Peter Agnvall, VP, Enterprise TV, Spectrum Enterprise, said in a statement. “Our new offerings meet these demands with extensive programming packages available on multiple platforms which deliver a superior viewing experience, either as stand-alone offerings or in conjunction with a third-party solution.”


Comcast Launching X1 Set-Top in Hotels

Comcast June 18 bowed its first X1 set-top device in the hospitality business with the availability of the cloud-based device in 219 rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia-based cable operator said Four Seasons guests would have access to 300 channel options and a free library of more than 50,000 TV shows and on-demand movies.

Guests can use the X1 Voice Remote to search for networks, shows and movies, set DVR recordings, change the channel, get recommendations, navigate On Demand content and more.

Comcast says its residential X1 subscribers used the voice remote more than 1.5 billion times in the first three months of 2018. The X1 device now represents more than 55% of Comcast sub base.

A two-tuner DVR, allows users to record programming while watching something else or save to be viewed when they return to their rooms. Hotels can include promotional and informational content as well.

“We believe X1 will help elevate our guests’ in-room experience and create a truly world-class visit,” Ben Shank, GM of Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center, said in a statement.

“Comcast has the potential to disrupt the $3 billion [domestic] business TV market with X1 for hospitality,” added Greg Ireland, multiscreen video analyst at IDC. “Products and solutions that have generated excellent results on the residential side can help businesses, particularly in the hospitality industry, gain an edge in attracting new and returning consumers.”