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

    Jul 27, 2007


    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

    Mar 1, 2008
    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

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    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

    GusMan Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    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

    Eleanor New Member

    Dec 1, 2004


    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

    richsadams Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2003
    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

    Feb 22, 2001
    SF Bay Area, CA
    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

    janry New Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    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

    jlb Go Pats!

    Dec 13, 2001
    Burlington, VT
    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

    Natron Member

    Dec 13, 2002
  11. Shanezam203

    Shanezam203 Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    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

    Jul 21, 2008
    nah, I certainly wouldn't want to watch recording of those who stayed there before me.. ewww!
  13. jeepguy_1980

    jeepguy_1980 Unregistered User

    Mar 1, 2008
    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

    richsadams Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2003
    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

    MickeS Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    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

    Oct 7, 2002
    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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