ADB is extending the capability of its vuTyme next-generation managed services hotel iTV solution to enable guests to stream content directly from their mobile devices. ADB is introducing vuCaster, which augments vuTyme by allowing users to 'cast' their personalized programming from YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, and other premium content providers onto the bigger in-room screen.
vuTyme delivers a complete set of in-room services, including live TV, Video on Demand, Pay-per-view, concierge, digital signage, and targeted advertisements. In addition, it offers Searchable Interactive Program Guide and Over-the-Top services, along with direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR Code, Pause/Rewind/Fast-Forward Live TV, and other guest-friendly features. vuTyme operates in the cloud, requiring no hotel head-end equipment – just a compact set-back box discretely mounted behind the TV.
To use smartphones, tablets, portable computers and other mobile devices to mirror application content to the in-room TV, a hotel guest simply uses the vuTyme on-screen menu to access vuCaster. Once enabled, guests can stream content from an array of 'cast-aware' applications. Guests can also stream their personal photos, videos, and music to the TV through vuCaster, while at the same time freeing up their mobile device for other activities.
“Hoteliers asked for an iTV solution that is high quality, easy to use, and offers fast and reliable service,” said Chris Dinallo, ADB's SVP of business TV. “We answered with a solution that creates the best in-room experience for hotel guests while offering a true service platform for hoteliers. As a result, we not only provide 200 HD channels but free VOD titles as well as pay-per-view, the access to personal content that vuCaster delivers, and all the other great features of vuTyme.”