Holiday Inn Gaithersburg, MD and Towneplace Suites Fort Lauderdale, FL are Latest Hotels to Choose EscapeWire Solutions for HDTV Programming April 28, 2010Posted by escapewire in Uncategorized.
Tags: Complete hospitality solution, DIRECTV, Free to Guest TV Distribution, Guest Room Television, HDTV, HDTV Broadcasts, High-Definition Television, hospitality integration, hospitality systems, Hospitality TV programming, Hotel TV Distribution, SMATV, TV distribution, TV Distribution Installation and Servcie, TV Programming
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The 300 room, full-service Holiday Inn Gaithersburg and the 95 suite Towneplace Suites in Fort Lauderdale have become the most recent hotels to select EscapeWire Solutions as their preferred provider for HDTV free-to-guest programming. The hotels, which are owned and managed by the B. F. Saul Company, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland will both be installing brand new 32” HDTV’s in every guestroom and suite within the next 30 days. EscapeWire Solutions has been selected as the provider and will install DirecTV free-to-guest, satellite service which will deliver a minimum of 14 full HD channels to each hotel as part of a whopping 76 total channel lineup. Jim Walent, the Director of Capital Asset Management for BF Saul Company decided to upgrade the hotels in advance of requirement deadlines issued by the brand. The hotel management felt that HDTV’s and programming could deliver a competitive advantage in some pretty tough markets and EscapeWire made it easy by contracting to handle all installation of programming hardware, HDTV’s and managing all of the ongoing support for the system.
Walent said… “We felt this was the right time to upgrade both of these hotels’ TV’s to HD. EscapeWire was able to show up with a solution that allowed us to maximize the amount of HD programming we were going to install while simultaneously keeping the price below what their competitors were able to offer. We are pleased with this solution because it allows us to have more HD options and, indeed more total channels than just about any other hotel in our markets.”
The EscapeWire free-to-guest DirecTV service was attractive to the hotel’s management team because the solution is not encumbered by pay-per-view video services, which are no longer being offered at all by either hotel. “Why bother with it…”, Walent said, “when we are no longer seeing any significant revenues from movie sales but the front desk would still have to go through all of the same charge-backs and service issues? It’s actually become a money loser for us. We eliminated pay-movies and switched to “free-to-guest only” at several hotels in the DC market over a year ago and we haven’t heard any complaints. In fact, people like the additional HD channels we are able to offer without the pay movie system- 14 HD channels are a lot for a hotel.”
Another factor that contributed to the opportune timing for Walent and the hotels to move forward is a series of rebates being offered by DirecTV and EscapeWire, which help to offset the cost of equipment needed to install the HD free-to-guest solution.
About EscapeWire Solutions
EscapeWire Solutions is a full service network solutions provider specializing in technology solutions for the hospitality industry. EscapeWire designs and installs customized, expandable, Free-to-Guest (FTG) TV distribution systems including High-Definition programming, Digital Signage Solutions, High-Speed Internet access (HSIA) solutions, IP Surveillance/Camera Systems, IP (VOIP) Phone Systems, Structured Cabling, Website Design/Hosting and Managed Network Services including backup and disaster recovery solutions. We pride ourselves on providing our clients state-of-the-art solutions with exceptional customer service and support. Our technical expertise coupled with our hands on hospitality experience helps us to create solutions that solve real world issues within the hospitality industry today. EscapeWire currently has clients throughout the United States and Canada and has installed systems in several independent and branded hotels, conference centers, and universities including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Hilton and Marriott. EscapeWire is proud to be an associate member of the IAHI.
Tags: Complete hospitality solution, digital signage, DIRECTV, display boards, easy to use digital signage, HDTV, hospitality integration, hospitality systems, Hotel TV Distribution, IP Cameras, IP Surveillance, Managed Hospitality Technology Solutions, managed IT solutions, managed technology solutions, TV Distribution Installation and Servcie
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EscapeWire Solutions will be at the IHG Investors Conference Trade Show on Thursday November 12th from 9am to 2pm. EscapeWire will be at Booth #561.
Stop by to see how EscapeWire can help simplify your hotel technology. EscapeWire specializes in managed technology, audio and video services for the hospitality industry.
Our solutions include:
Attendees visiting the booth will have a chance to win a Flip HD Video Recorder
EscapeWire Solutions Featured in Buffalo Business First July 17, 2009Posted by escapewire in Uncategorized.
Tags: Complete hospitality solution, digital signage, DIRECTV, HDTV, high-speed Internet, Hospitality, hsia, wireless, wirelss hsia
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EscapeWire Solutions was recently featured in the Buffalo Business First – See article: Wireless Wizards (June 19, 2009) http://buffalo.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2009/06/22/smallb1.html
EscapeWire Solutions Awarded Contract to Install a DirecTV Headend System at the Holiday Inn Buffalo Downtown April 22, 2009Posted by escapewire in Uncategorized.
Tags: Free to Guest TV Distribution, Guest Room Television, HDTV, HDTV Broadcasts, HDTV Distribution, high-definition, High-Definition Television, Hospitality, hospitality integration, Hotel Free to Guest TV, Hotel HEad End Systems, Hotel TV Distribution, SMATV, TV distribution, TV Distribution Installation and Servcie, TV Programming
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EscapeWire Solutions was awarded and recently completed the installation of a 55 channel DirecTV headend system at the Holiday Inn Buffalo Downtown. The new system provides guests with an enhanced viewing package that includes premium programming.
Later this year EscapeWire will add up to 18 HD stations to the system further increasing the channel count.
For more information on this installation or EscapeWire’s products/services please contact us at 716.893.4984
Holiday Inn Buffalo/Amherst selects EscapeWire Solutions to install a turn-key easy to use Digital Signage Solution March 12, 2008Posted by escapewire in digital signage, Uncategorized.
Tags: custom digital signage content, digital signage, display boards, easy to use digital signage, HDTV, Hospitality, Hotel, reader board, signage
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EscapeWire Solutions recently completed the installation of a turn-key digital signage solution at the Amherst Holiday Inn in Amherst, New York. This easy to use solution allows the hotel staff to combine various types of media to create a eye-catching informative display solution for hotel guests.
The new digital signage solution which includes a 32″ HD LCD screen located in the lobby will be used to direct guests to meetings and inform them of local events and news. It will allow for efficient and effective communications between guests and staff.
The complete solution included:
Digital Signage Server, 32″ LCD Screen, Pedestal Mount, Cabling, Custom Designed Content, and System Training.
For additional information, contact EscapeWire Solutions at 716.893.4984
EscapeWire Solutions awarded contract to install technology services at the new Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY February 7, 2008Posted by escapewire in digital signage, HDTV Distribution, IP Surveillance Systems, Wireless Networks.
Tags: Complete hospitality solution, Digital Sign, HDTV, hospitality integration, hospitality systems, Hotel, security cameras, TV distribution
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EscapeWire Solutions has been awarded the contract to supply a wide variety of technology services to the new Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. This new hotel is slated to open in Spring of 2008. EscapeWire will be provide a complete package of technology services to the hotel that include:
TV Distribution System with High Definition Programming to 104 Guest Rooms
32″ HD LCD Flat Panel Screens installed in each guest room
Integrated Digital Signage Application for Lobby and Meeting Room Areas
Custom Content Design for Digital Signage Application
Integrated Guest Room Informational TV Station – In Room Digital Signage
Wireless High-Speed Internet Access Network
Business Center Thin Client Terminals for Guest Internet Access, Printing, Etc
IP Camera/Surveillance System
Zoned Audio System
Structured Cabling for entire network infrastructure
EscapeWire Solutions Installs A Complete Free to Guest TV Distribution Network at TownePlace Suites by Marriott Gaithersburg December 18, 2007Posted by escapewire in HDTV Distribution, Uncategorized.
Tags: DIRECTV, Free to Guest TV Distribution, HDTV, HDTV Distribution, Hotel HEad End Systems, Hotel TV Hotel HDTV
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EscapeWire Solutions recently completed the installation of a 41 channel free to guest (FTG) DIRECTV distribution system at the TownePlace Suites by Marriot in Gaithersburg, MD. This new system has allowed the hotel to personalize their channel line up to meet the needs of their guests. In addition, the system was designed to be easily upgraded to provide HDTV signal distribution when needed.
EscapeWire Solutions is a one stop shop for free to guest HDTV distribution systems. We provide our clients with the following services:
Project Coordination and Management from Start to Finish
Delivery and Installation of New Televisions
Custom Configuration of New Televisions
Complete Free to Guest (FTG) Head End Systems
Professional and Insured Technicians
EWS Flexible/Programmable Guest Information Channel
Extended Warranty Options
Future Add-On capabilities
Flexible Financing Options
For more information visit our website www.escapewire.com or call 716.893.4984
Hospitality TV Distribution – Will you be ready when standard television broadcast signals go dark on February 19, 2009? November 15, 2007Posted by escapewire in HDTV Distribution, Uncategorized.
Tags: HDTV, HDTV Broadcasts, High-Definition Television, Hospitality, Hotel, Hotel TV Distribution, Pro-Idiom, SMATV, TV, TV distribution, TV Distribution Installation and Servcie, TV Programming
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EscapeWire Solutions is your single source provider specializing in MATV/SMATV, Lodging Televisions, HDTV Distribution, Programming, Content, Design, Installation and Service.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Q. Will I need to upgrade my existing television distribution system to be able to deliver digital High Definition programming to my guest rooms?
A. If your existing distribution system was designed and balanced properly then you should be able to upgrade it for high definition programming without replacing the cable going to the rooms.
Q. Why is February 19, 2009 important and how will this date effect me?
A. The FCC has designated February 19, 2009 as the date that all standard definition NTSC broadcasts will stop broadcasting (most of the major networks are already broadcasting digital ATSC signals and will shut down their NTSC signals on this date). That means that as of this date if you have not upgraded your system to receive digital ATSC broadcasts you will likely not be able to receive broadcasts of the major networks any longer.
Q. After February 19, 2009 will my existing TV sets still work?
A. Televisions with NTSC tuners will work only if the program that you want to watch is being broadcast in an NTSC format. Once the program providers switch their signals to ATSC then your existing NTSC television will not work unless a set top box to convert ATSC signals back to NTSC is purchased. Keep in mind that if you convert back to NTSC you will no longer be showing a digital high definition signal so it may not be worth investing in this type of technology.
Q. What is Pro Idiom and do I need it?
A. Without getting to technical, Pro Idiom is an encryption method developed to prevent against program signal theft in lodging environments. In general you will need to use this technology if you are broadcasting high definition Pay per View content and/or premium high definition free to guest programs such as HBOHD, ESPNHD, etc.
Q. If I am going to purchase new televisions for my property what features do I need to look for?
A. The most important thing to consider is the type of tuner(s) the television has. Any new television sold after March 2007 will contain both NTSC and ATSC tuners. (the NTSC tuner requirement will likely be phased out sometime after February 2009). You will need an ATSC tuner to receive digital broadcasts. Depending on your program provider and type of programming you are planning on providing, you may also need to have a QAM tuner and Pro Idiom as well. The best bet is to speak with your program provider/system integrator prior to purchasing televisions in order to assure that the televisions you purchase are compatible with your system and any future changes that my come about.
For More information Contact EscapeWire Solutions at 716.893.4984 or visit us on the web at www.escapewire.com
EscapeWire Solutions Provides Complete Multimedia Solution for Hotel Indigo, Buffalo NY October 31, 2007Posted by escapewire in digital signage, HDTV Distribution, IP Surveillance Systems, Uncategorized, Wireless Networks.
Tags: digital signage, Guest Room Television, HDTV, IP Cameras, IP Surveillance, Multimedia distribution, Satallite TV, TV distribution
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Providing stylish accommodations and a personalized service experience in a unique, intimate atmosphere, Hotel Indigo is a branded boutique hotel designed to appeal to lifestyle-focused guests who desire affordable luxury, genuine service and an alternative to traditional hotels.
EscapeWire Solutions delivered a customized, multi-faceted installation that included:
Digital signage solution including system, installation and template design
Satellite TV with HD televisions in a variety of locations:
HD programming in Lobby/Bar area
HD programming distribution to guest rooms
Wireless internet access
IP surveillance camera security system
- Graphic design services
Complete Line of Systems/Services Provided:
Lobby Area High definition monitors displaying up to the minute information and promotions
Template design by Escapewire Solutions
General Content controlled on site by Indigo Staff
Television Distribution System
High definition programming distributed to the guest rooms. System capable of delivering ATSC, QAM, and NTSC signals.
Digital SMATV System
DIRECTV lodging satellite system for free to guest programming in guest rooms.
Digital MATV System
State of the art digital high definition television master antenna system and distribution.
Pro Idiom Integration
Premium high definition television programming delivered to the guest rooms using Pro Idiom standards
Lobby/Bar HD Content delivered via Cat5e cabling
High Definition DIRECTV receiver and equipment are located in a remote location with remote control at the television.
Guest/Hotel Information Channel
In-room television channel displays up-to-date details about hotel amenities and highlights local attractions.
Content is fully customizable and can be editied on the fly, as needed.
Provides a venue for potential advertising opportunities, creating new revenue streams.
IR Remote Control
Control of lobby/bar television and remote DIRECTV receiver from a single remote control.
Wireless Internet Access
High Speed Wireless Internet access to the Guest Rooms, Lobby and Public Spaces.
Images stored on computer server. Camera’s viewed and controlled remotely via network and secure internet access connection.
Low voltage systems cabling for Television, Digital Signage, IR Remote, IP Surveillance, Antenna and Satellite systems.
For additional information on this installation or a listing of all our services please visit our website at www.escapewire.com