When will Hotel's get DVR or Tivo?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Shanezam203, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Shanezam203

    Shanezam203 Member

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    As I type this I am watching LIVE TV for the 1st time in so long.
    When will Hotels have DVR???

    I have tried Slingbox and wasn't crazy about the connection and then watching TV on a laptop was different than the regular TV...

    I am surprised I don't see DVR in hotels, any thoughts?
     
  2. jeepguy_1980

    jeepguy_1980 Unregistered User

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    I would really only be useful as a live buffer. It's not as if you're going to be there long enough to setup (and use) a season pass.

    Usually when I'm at a hotel, I'm out doing stuff the whole time and only watch the TV for a few minutes as I prepare for bed.
     
  3. justen_m

    justen_m Cheesehead TCF Club

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    I can't watch live tv, period. When I'm traveling, I fill up my laptop with Tivo2go. However, if the hotel has free wifi, then I might catch up on shows via Hulu.
     
  4. GusMan

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    Considering that many hotels have regular TV shows, as well as movies, as PPV with DVR-ish features, I doubt that having a Tivo/DVR in a room will happen any time soon.
     
  5. Eleanor

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    I feel your pain on watching live tv, but I also agree that it will most likely not happen soon in hotel.
    I agree with bringing our laptop, but the angle is not good for more than one person.
     
  6. richsadams

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    Due to a late change of plans I ended up staying at a hotel a couple of weeks ago that featured "Free movies in your own room"! A dusty library of dog-eared VHS boxes filled the office bookcase walls and an aging Sanyo VHS player sat there sadly blinking a pale blue 12:00 AM, 12:00 AM, 12:00 AM under a 21" RCA CRT television in my "newly upgraded" room. I didn't even bother turning it on instead opting to watch a recording on my TiVo HD via my laptop and Slingbox using the hotel's "Free Wifi". (I didn't say they weren't somewhat progressive ;) )

    BTW, their WiFi consisted of a Linksys wireless router litterly duct taped upside down under the eve over the office door. Luckily (sort of) my room was directly across from it.

    I don't think they'll be jumping into the flat panel/DVR arena any time soon. :rolleyes:
     
  7. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    Count me in on wishing hotels had TiVos in the rooms. Unfortunately, I doubt we'll see widespread deployment anytime soon. There was this deal: http://www3.tivo.com/abouttivo/pressroom/pressreleases/2008/pr2008-11-12.html but I've never stayed at these hotels before.

    There's just too much remote lag when accessing Slingbox from a hotel even w/control mode on. My flaky and not very fast DSL connection at home doesn't help either.
     
  8. janry

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    A DVR in a hotel room would be a waste for me. When I'm in a hotel room, the TV is only on for noise or maybe the news. It's just a place to sleep.
     
  9. jlb

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    My peeve is a hotel that very blatantly advertises they have HDTVs in every room, and then throw a crap SD signal at it. Ugh.
     
  10. Natron

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  11. Shanezam203

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    I think it would be nice, even if in for 1 night on business.
    The hotel could have a # of Season passes to the networks most popular shows. (Idol, Office, Lost...)

    1 step above that when you check in, you can schedule a recording.

    I know I am asking alot, I just don't think it will be LONG till we see a similar DVR feature in Hotel's.
     
  12. drey

    drey New Member

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    nah, I certainly wouldn't want to watch recording of those who stayed there before me.. ewww!
     
  13. jeepguy_1980

    jeepguy_1980 Unregistered User

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    I stayed in a hotel last month that had a 50" plasma screen in it. It also had a panel on the desk adjacent to the tv with an HDMI port and a few other ports that fed to the TV. So I could have packed my TiVo (or laptop) and connected it to their tv.
     
  14. richsadams

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    The DSL line is probably the culprit. For the most part my Slingbox connection optimizes a reasonably good picture even at the "WiFi enabled" 802.11b hotels.

    Yep...most of the places where I stay these days have flat panels now...with HDMI, etc. The trouble I run into is those darn proprietary remotes that won't let you access other features of the TV. Grrrrr. :mad:
     
  15. MickeS

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    Some new TVs (Vizio is the only brand I remember off hand) come with built-in media players that can play mpeg, xvid, wmv etc from USB sticks. I think that might be a decent compromise.

    But mostly I think hotels are perfectly happy selling people movies and TV shows "on demand". I doubt most of them will ever get DVR instead of "On demand" viewing. All hotels I've stayed at have widescreen TVs with stretched 4:3 analog content anyway, if they can't even get that right, I doubt a DVR is anywhere close to the top of the list of improvements.
     
  16. LynnL999

    LynnL999 Active Member

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    Never. The profit margins on hotel ppv are too high. Look at all the trouble some hotels go to in order to prevent you from hooking up a portable DVD player or your laptop to their TV, like proprietary remotes that disable inputs.
     

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