Why picture quality is about more than just TVs


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Regardless of the type of TV in the guestroom, a hotel’s infrastructure can have a huge impact on a guest’s TV-watching experience.

“From your current TV to the first HD TV you put in to your first 4K TV, all of it is dependent on infrastructure,” Anthony Fonzo, national account manager, Philips Hospitality TV. “So when you’re making your capital expense budget, make sure you take a quick look at your cables, taps and infrastructure, otherwise you run the risk of spending a great deal of money to have the latest TVs and not the latest experience.”

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Jennifer Green, director of guestroom technology at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, said that having an expert on hand to survey the property for potential problems can help.

“Part of it has to do with the signal from the point of entry, but hotels also have a cable plant, wiring and switches to bring the signal from a central point in your hotel,” Green said. “If you make sure everything from the point of entry to the guestroom is balanced and in good repair, then the set will do its job.”

“Unlike in our homes a TV is not something that has a standalone purpose,” said Fonzo. “It’s something that has to fit into an ecosystem.”

This article is the second in a three-part series on 4K TVs and hotels. Stay tuned to www.hotelmanagement.net for part three later this week.

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