News Round Up

Was searching around hotel technology blogs today and came across a few things y’all might be interested in reading about (along with some commentary).

More hotels distribute iPads to guests for ordering room service, amenities – The expense of buying iPads for guests to use seems ridiculous, when all the functionality it’s adding can be done on the TV for less money… that is, if the hotel is running the TiVUS Solution.

Radisson Opening First Blu in the US – This is simply a gorgeous hotel, and one that I think the TiVUS Solution would be a good fit. A luxurious hotel should have a luxurious system running on their TV.

[Hotel] Industry Recovery Ahead of Pace – It’s good to see Stephen saying hotels are making up lost ground faster than he expected. It means hotels will be able to more quickly upgrade their offerings to guests.

I’ll keep posting more industry news that I think TiVUS followers will be interested in. And feel free to comment on here.

– Michael Blunk, Investor Relations for TiVUS


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TiVUS is a LodgeNet Competitor… according to LodgeNet

Here’s something everyone might find interesting. Buried inside of LodgeNet’s 2010 annual filing (click to download) is a listing of all of their competitors in the hospitality industry. Guess who’s on there: TiVUS.

Here’s the fun part: all of the other competitors listed have thousands of hotel rooms already installed. TiVUS began operations last year, and is currently only doing installs in two hotels. So why would LodgeNet be worrying about a start-up like TiVUS? LodgeNet in-room revenues are generated almost entirely from content-on-demand sales (which have been dropping steadily for years), and they have no plan for how to overcome this problem. The TiVUS Solution on the other hand, is capable of doing ad-insertion on the free-to-guest channels, allowing for revenue generation in an entirely new fashion. It’s a game changer if you ask me.

– Michael Blunk, Investor Relations for TiVUS

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HITEC Photos Uploaded

Wanted to let everyone I uploaded some of the photos from HITEC today, unfortunately the memory card other photos were saved on didn’t survive the trip (long story). You can find all of the pictures that survived on our Picasa account by going here: TiVUS HITEC photos on Picasa. I’ve gone ahead and put a couple of them on this blog post for you to look at also.

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HITEC Day 2 Wrap Up

As I mentioned earlier today, the interest level by HITEC attendees and even fellow exhibitors was tremendous today. Shiva, Phil, and Randall were busy in meetings for almost the entire day. They gave presentations to representatives for Omni Hotels, Hyatt, as well as from Starwood Hotels, which some friends at Host Hotels were eager to introduce to Shiva. Having listened to most of these meetings, it appeared everyone was in agreement that the TiVUS system was the future of in room hospitality.

After the last meeting of the day, I asked Phil what the overall excitement was by the various representatives. He said their response was “nothing but positive, and all of them were eager to discuss how our system could benefit their hotels.” There were also numerous telecommunication service providers that were eager to look at the system. With their decades of experience installing in hotels worldwide, there are synergies that could be figured out to mutually benefit them and TiVUS.

I personally expect this conference to lead to great things for TiVUS, and can’t think of a better way today could have gone for Tivus, but there is still tomorrow…

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Tons of Demonstrations at HITEC Conference on Day 2

After the success at HITEC yesterday, the TiVUS demonstration room has had near constant traffic. Numerous hotel management companies are expressing interest in the system, particularly with the ability for generating revenue off of ad-insertion on the free-to-guest channels. One meeting involved the owner of a management company with 30 hotels watching the ad-insertion demonstration, and commenting how amazed he was that we were able to do it.

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HITEC Conference Day 1

First day of the HITEC conference was yesterday, hosted by the Hospitality Financial and Technologies (HFTP) group, wrapped up earlier today and from all accounts it was a win for TiVUS. The highlight was Host Hotels & Resorts bringing in representatives from one of the major high-end hotel chains across the world to view the system. This is clear indication that Host believes in the technology, and wants to see the TiVUS Solution implemented in hotel rooms worldwide. Keep posted to TiVUS to hear more about what we’re doing at the HITEC conference the next 2 days.

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Philadelphia Installation Rolling Along

TiVus is moving fast on the install at the Philadelphia hotel owned by Host Hotels & Resorts (which is the largest real estate investment trust group in the country, in case you forgot). Apparently, now 500 rooms are live at the hotel, which is over a 1/3 of the hotel’s total rooms. The projected completion date is sometime late in the summer of this year. Keep in mind the TiVus install crew is working in tandem with the hotel’s remodeling crew, so the speed isn’t entirely up to TiVus. Check out the full release below the fold or on TiVus’ Site. Read the rest of this entry »

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