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post #181 of 352
The problem I encountered with HD cable in a hotel is that you have to hunt for the HD versions of the channels. If you hit 7 you get the SD version of channel 7. You have to surf through all the channels to fine the HD version of channel 7. My Mom's Charter cable has this same 'feature'. My Dish Network is set up so that if you hit 7 you get the HD version of channel 7 if it is available.

My Mom doesn't always bother to select the HD version of her channels and I have found them for her. It is even less likely that a hotel visitor will hunt for them.

Rick R
post #182 of 352
I work in a major healthcare facility that has Cablevision as the provider, and for some reason, they block the HD subchannels. Normally a regular patient in our facility has an STB in their room, but we have just finished constructing a "VIP" floor that has 2 HDTV's in one private room( no STB'S) and they just get the SD channels. The digital channels cannot be found when I do a search.
What I did do in another area was hook up a seperate antenna feed in 2 waiting rooms that come off our rooftop antenna just to get some HD in our facility. To my knowledge this is the first HD picture in our building.
post #183 of 352
If you guys are ever in hawaii these hotels currently offer on-demand HD-Movies


Oahu
-Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio
-Sheraton Waikiki
-Royal Hawaiian
-Westin Moana Surfrider
-Ohana Beachcomber
-Embassy Suites Waikiki
-The Kahala

Maui
-Sheraton Maui
-Grand Wailea Resort
-Four Seasons Maui
post #184 of 352
We just stayed at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. They offered 12 HD channels (100-111) on a 42" Panny plasma including UHD, Pledia, TNT, ESPN1-2, Travel, and the local network feeds. The entire casino was plastered with Panny plasmas all in vivid. Kept our room warm without the heater.
post #185 of 352
I usually find no HD channels and SD stretched with no button on the remote to correct it.
post #186 of 352
Just last week my wife and I stayed at a Travel Lodge in Santa Monica, CA (Pico). Our room at an LCD HDTV (Park?) as well as TW cable w/ great HD lineup. I was very very impressed!
post #187 of 352
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Originally Posted by borodori View Post

If you guys are ever in hawaii these hotels currently offer on-demand HD-Movies...

We're headed for Hawaii in a couple months but haven't made hotel reservations yet. Borodori, do you know which hotels offer local stations - ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, etc. in HD? Know that will help me chose a hotel.

Larry
SF
post #188 of 352
Is there a satellite-based HD QAM or ATSC SMATV setup available? I'm trying to convince my hospital, who will be fitting HDTVs in the new building (which will most likely have compatible tuners), to go satellite instead of Time Warner Cable. I've seen SD SMATV setups, but how expensive is the startup cost for an HD setup?
post #189 of 352
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Originally Posted by TonyW79SFV View Post

Is there a satellite-based HD QAM or ATSC SMATV setup available? I'm trying to convince my hospital, who will be fitting HDTVs in the new building (which will most likely have compatible tuners), to go satellite instead of Time Warner Cable. I've seen SD SMATV setups, but how expensive is the startup cost for an HD setup?

I've heard of SMATV, but I'm not familiar with it. Why can't you continue to use TW? Do they pass the digital HD channels through their existing cable in the other parts of the hospital?
post #190 of 352
TonyW79SFV,

There is a HD SMATV setup for Directv. It's brand new and it just came out. I would contact Dave Ward at PDIsat.com. PDI Sat is selling this product. The blog post has his contact information. Hope this helps.

http://www.pdisat.com
http://www.smatvee.com/2009/01/got-h...nd-system.html
post #191 of 352
Thanks hdtvfan2005, I've came across that page before and wasn't sure if it's out in the market yet; the new hospital won't be in operation for a little over a year so there's time to do more research.

mikepier, I could let them continue to use the raw TWC feed, but the HD channels will only be limited to local channels "in the clear" and some HD cable channels not encrypted; this setup would be no different than a home HDTV directly connected to TWC.

With SMATV, there is a chance to feed popular "cable" channels in HD to any QAM HDTV in the hospital tied to the system. Of course, channels selection will be limited, but there is also control over content, so there would be less junk channels to scroll through. I'm wondering if that same system from PDISAT takes local channels OTA or satellite.
post #192 of 352
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Originally Posted by TonyW79SFV View Post

Thanks hdtvfan2005, I've came across that page before and wasn't sure if it's out in the market yet; the new hospital won't be in operation for a little over a year so there's time to do more research.

mikepier, I could let them continue to use the raw TWC feed, but the HD channels will only be limited to local channels "in the clear" and some HD cable channels not encrypted; this setup would be no different than a home HDTV directly connected to TWC.

With SMATV, there is a chance to feed popular "cable" channels in HD to any QAM HDTV in the hospital tied to the system. Of course, channels selection will be limited, but there is also control over content, so there would be less junk channels to scroll through. I'm wondering if that same system from PDISAT takes local channels OTA or satellite.

I saw a LodgeNet diagram and it gets the locals via OTA. FTG, and VOD content via Satellite. Lodgenet Uses ProIdiom. I saw some LG Hospital TV's and they use ProIdiom. I assume those TV's have some kind of ProIdiom system like most Hospital TV's. I suppose it could get the OTA HD channels via SAT. I'm not an expert on SMATV so maybe PDI sat could ask that question.
post #193 of 352
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Originally Posted by mikepier View Post

I've heard of SMATV, but I'm not familiar with it. Why can't you continue to use TW? Do they pass the digital HD channels through their existing cable in the other parts of the hospital?


I take that back, we do have SMATV in one part of the hospital, its actually in a seperate building in a Nursing Home. Every patient room does have a TV with no STB. However they only have SD tv's in the rooms. I think there is 1 waiting room with an HDTV. Is it possible that this SMATV system lets through "clear QAM" channels? I like to go to this building and try it.
post #194 of 352
I walked by a nail salon today that had Entertainment Tonight on in HD. I had seen that thier old TV was missing, and now I know why.
post #195 of 352
It would appear to me that if your building can get one of the satellite services you will be much better off for HD. The satellite services can be set up so that when you select a channel you will automatically get the HD version if available. A much better scheme for a facility with users that are not familiar with the setup.

Rick R
post #196 of 352
I'm staying at the Westin Prince in Toronto. The rooms are newly renovated and there is a very nice 50" LG flat screen.

But there is NO HD at all. They have the usual 40+ stations that I see at most large hotels in this area.

What a waste.
post #197 of 352
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Originally Posted by TonyW79SFV View Post

Is there a satellite-based HD QAM or ATSC SMATV setup available? I'm trying to convince my hospital, who will be fitting HDTVs in the new building (which will most likely have compatible tuners), to go satellite instead of Time Warner Cable. I've seen SD SMATV setups, but how expensive is the startup cost for an HD setup?

The DirecTV MDU forum would be a good place to ask:

http://www.dbstalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=136
post #198 of 352
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Originally Posted by Marcus Carr View Post

I walked by a nail salon today that had Entertainment Tonight on in HD. I had seen that thier old TV was missing, and now I know why.

So, did you go in, get a manicure and dish some celebrity gossip?
post #199 of 352
I've been to Vegas 3 times in the last 2 years and my most recent visit was the first to even have a LCD HDTV in it. Naturally no HD channels to view on it.

Which is why I bring my laptop and sling my tv signal from home. It's not HD but it's still better than the crappy Lodgenet picture, especially after the stretch. Plus I get the 100+ channels I'm accustomed to watching.

It depend on internet fees. Usually it's about half the hotels I stay in nationwide. More often than not I subscribe to internet for business reasons anyway.
post #200 of 352
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Originally Posted by Larry Kenney View Post

Same for the Hyatt Regency Chicago... beautiful plasmas in every room, but only SD signals available on cable. On top of that they had the TVs set up with a stretched picture and there was no way to change it. It seemed to stretch only the sides of the picture not the center, so linearity was terrible. The CNN crawl would start out with very wide letters, shrink to normal size in the center and then stretch to very wide letters again on the left side. It was difficult to watch.

Larry
SF

I just got back from a meeting in Chicago; I stayed at the Hyatt Regency downtown. There was a big nice Panasonic 16:9 flat panel in my room; most channels were displayed as "progressive" stretched SD - where the center portion isn't distorted, but the edges are extremely stretched. This nauseated me, and the menu was locked, so there was no way for a guest to change it. People in the center of the picture looked okay, but when they moved to the right or left of center, they had one shoulder broader than the other and one side of their face twice as wide as the other side. (like I was viewing it in a funhouse mirror.) But here was the real kicker for me - content that was input in 16:9 was progressively stretched to 19:8, with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. So nothing was displayed in its intended aspect ratio - both 4:3 and 16:9 were distorted.
What a waste! I would have much preferred an undistorted picture on a standard 4:3 screen, and that would cost Hyatt a lot less.
post #201 of 352
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But here was the real kicker for me - content that was input in 16:9 was progressively stretched to 19:8, with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. So nothing was displayed in its intended aspect ratio - both 4:3 and 16:9 were distorted.

Which means the 16:9 content was all SD anyway, as Panny plasmas don't stretch HD signals.

This just means the panel is in what they call "Just" mode - the ratio I leave my plasma in for SD signals because at least for me it's a quasi-reasonable concept between having every bit of every SD image wrong and not having burn-in from black side bars on 4:3 content.

Hopefully the "need" to stretch will go away if more hotels choose LCD over plasma in the future.
post #202 of 352
I bet they will still stretch regardless of plasma or LCD. Stupid hotel owners who buy nice TV's but refuse to upgrade their video systems. I have seen an LG product for hotels where you can set a defined list of settings and then clone them to the rest of them. Infact, I saw a page for hotel TV's and they advertise the Hotel mode as a feature. Hotel mode is a special mode that makes it impossible to change settings unless you have the right equipment.
post #203 of 352
That would be nice to have a widescreen TV in my hospital room after knee surgery!!!!!

Jeff
post #204 of 352
I just stayed in a Fairfield Inn in Gainesville, FL, it had a 32in. LG LCD. I was able to program it to get the locals in HD. First time I've seen an HDTV in a hotel, very cool.
post #205 of 352
Just got back from Vegas. I stayed at Mandalay Bay. The room had a 42" phillips plasma and dvd player in the main viewing area, and a smaller phillips LCD in the bathroom. Unfortunately there were no HD channels available, and the quality of the channels that were available was just awful. A major waste of a couple HDTVs right there.
post #206 of 352
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Originally Posted by clonefan View Post

Just got back from Vegas. I stayed at Mandalay Bay. The room had a 42" phillips plasma and dvd player in the main viewing area, and a smaller phillips LCD in the bathroom. Unfortunately there were no HD channels available, and the quality of the channels that were available was just awful. A major waste of a couple HDTVs right there.

That's really surprising. I stayed at Mandalay Bay in June 2007. The TV in my room had all the locals in HD, plus ESPN, ESPN2, and a few others.
post #207 of 352
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Originally Posted by AntiguaGuy View Post

I just got back from a meeting in Chicago; I stayed at the Hyatt Regency downtown. There was a big nice Panasonic 16:9 flat panel in my room; most channels were displayed as "progressive" stretched SD - where the center portion isn't distorted, but the edges are extremely stretched. This nauseated me, and the menu was locked, so there was no way for a guest to change it. People in the center of the picture looked okay, but when they moved to the right or left of center, they had one shoulder broader than the other and one side of their face twice as wide as the other side. (like I was viewing it in a funhouse mirror.) But here was the real kicker for me - content that was input in 16:9 was progressively stretched to 19:8, with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. So nothing was displayed in its intended aspect ratio - both 4:3 and 16:9 were distorted.
What a waste! I would have much preferred an undistorted picture on a standard 4:3 screen, and that would cost Hyatt a lot less.

I'm staying this week at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago. At check-in, the lady at the counter told me that I was fortunate to be among the first to stay in one of their newly remodeled rooms. The room and its furnishings are very nice, including a new 37" LG flatpanel. It plays about 60 analog channels, all of them stretched horizontally. The 4:3 channels are stretched to 16:9 to fill the screen. 16:9 material is stretched to 19:8 with black bars at the top and bottom. No digital or HD channels available.

The TVs in the Ritz's healthclub are "antique" 4:3 CRTs, and I enjoyed watching that much more than the stretched pictures on the flat panel in my room.

This is a big dissappointment, but not enough to keep me from recommending the Ritz-Carlton. The rooms are consistently immaculately clean and well-maintained, the beds are extremely comfortable, the linens are luxurious, and the staff members are courteous and attentive. High-speed internet and use of the healthclub are complimentary. Over the years, I've stayed at most of the hotels in downtown Chicago, and it's hard to beat the Ritz-Carlton. (But I wish they'd fix the TVs).
post #208 of 352
Tampa Marriott Waterside - the ubiquitous hospitality version LG 37" LCD with all the network locals in HD plus ESPNHD, TNTHD, IIRC HDNet and possibly DiscoveryHD. Very nice.

Parc 55, San Francisco - Same LG 37" with an OnCommand system. All analog channels with RF noise issues, herringbone/hum patterns across a bunch of channels. Stretched to fill beyond the screen, left and right sides cut off. (I guess that's zoom mode?) Terrible.
post #209 of 352
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Originally Posted by AntiguaGuy View Post

I'm staying this week at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago. At check-in, the lady at the counter told me that I was fortunate to be among the first to stay in one of their newly remodeled rooms. The room and its furnishings are very nice, including a new 37" LG flatpanel. It plays about 60 analog channels, all of them stretched horizontally. The 4:3 channels are stretched to 16:9 to fill the screen. 16:9 material is stretched to 19:8 with black bars at the top and bottom. No digital or HD channels available.

The TVs in the Ritz's healthclub are "antique" 4:3 CRTs, and I enjoyed watching that much more than the stretched pictures on the flat panel in my room.

This is a big dissappointment, but not enough to keep me from recommending the Ritz-Carlton. The rooms are consistently immaculately clean and well-maintained, the beds are extremely comfortable, the linens are luxurious, and the staff members are courteous and attentive. High-speed internet and use of the healthclub are complimentary. Over the years, I've stayed at most of the hotels in downtown Chicago, and it's hard to beat the Ritz-Carlton. (But I wish they'd fix the TVs).

Hard to believe all these hotels have to do is stick an antenna outside the window so you can get at least the local HD channels.
post #210 of 352
Checked into the Marriott - Bloor in Toronto.

LG 37" with an OnCommand system. Only the same lousy analog channels that they've always had at this hotel. No HD at all.

Frankly with the lousy quality of the signals, it looked better on the old tube TV.

Once again, a waste of a decent TV.
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