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.