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ADB to Showcase Streamcasting Technology at HITEC

ADB SA 20 June 2017
vuCaster by ADB enables hotel guests to use their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other portable devices to project their OTT (over the top) content to the in-room TVvuTyme by ADB provides an in-room viewing experience equal to or better than home - with searchable Interactive Programming Guide, Over-the-Top services and moreVisit ADB at HITEC June 26 to 29 in Booth #337 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Denver, Colo. -- Next week at HITEC Toronto, ADB will showcase an interactive TV solution for in-room entertainment that enables guests to stream content directly from their mobile devices to the guestroom TV. An essential part of its vuTyme in-room entertainment platform, vuCaster streams or "casts" personalized programming from YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and other premium content providers onto the bigger in-room screen to deliver a frictionless customer experience without the guest having to provide their account login credentials.vuCaster will be on display in Booth #337 at HITEC, June 27 to 29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Join ADB Monday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m., as they sponsor the HITEC Opening Night Party at the Totonyo Event Centre."Guests expect the hotel TV experience to be as good as - if not better than - what they have at home," said Chris Dinallo, ADB chief technology officer and general manager, Americas Business TV. "Both vuCaster and vuTyme are designed to remove friction in the guestroom by enabling an entertainment experience that mirrors what users are already familiar with at home. When it comes to in-room entertainment, travelers would 'prefer' to watch content that they bring with them using the room TV because 'most hotels don't have any good channels or any way to know what channel is what.' We created vuCaster to make the streaming process as easy as possible."To stream content from smartphones, tablets, portable computers and other mobile devices to the TV, guests simply use the vuTyme on-screen menu to activate vuCaster," he said. "It's not necessary for guests to enter their account credentials for Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Hulu and others. Once activated, guests launch the vuCaster app on their mobile device. By pressing the Cast icon, content is instantly streamed to the TV. It's frictionless. And, when content is being viewed on the TV, it frees up guests' mobile devices for other activities."vuCaster is powered by Google Casttm (a registered trademark of Google Inc). It is available on all new vuTyme deployments and can be retrofitted to existing installations.vuTyme delivers a complete set of in-room services, including live TV, Video on Demand, Pay-per-view, concierge, local channel, digital signage and targeted advertisements. It also provides Searchable Interactive Program Guide, direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR Code, Pause/Rewind/Fast-Forward Live TV, and other guest-friendly features."Hoteliers who are looking for an iTV solution that is high quality, easy to use, and offers a frictionless experience should visit ADB at HITEC in Booth #337," Dinallo said. "vuTyme operates in the cloud, requiring no hotel head-end equipment - just a compact set-back box discretely mounted behind the TV. If streamcasting is on your hotel's wish-list for 2017, then it's time to experience vuCaster and vuTyme."For more information on vuTyme and vuCaster, visit ADB in Booth #337 at HITEC.
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ADB to Unveil vuTyme IRE for Fiber Deployments at HITEC

ADB SA 13 June 2017
Nationally deployed with cable operators, vuTyme version 4.4 is ideal for hotels with fiber-to-premise video delivery; solution minimizes and/or eliminates on-premise equipment and in-room devicesAs part of the LG Electronics USA's Pro:Centric(r) Partner Program, ADB executes vuTyme on LG set-top devices and LG Pro:Centric SmartTVsVisit ADB in at HITEC June 26 to 29 in Booth #337 at the Metro Toronto Convention CentreIn two weeks, ADB will bring its popular interactive TV solution, vuTyme, to HITEC Toronto. Of special interest to hoteliers shopping for an in-room entertainment solution will be the combination of vuTyme with LG Electronics 5500 Set-Top Box (STB) and LG Electronics' Pro:Centric(r) SmartTVs in which the SmartTVs eliminate the need for the in-room STB altogether.vuTyme will be on display June 27 to 29 at HITEC in Booth #337 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Join ADB Monday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m., as they sponsor the HITEC Opening Night Party at the Muzik Event Centre."As providers continue deploying fiber cabling to hotels as a means of delivering video direct to the property, they can now run vuTyme by ADB via the LG 5500 STB," said Chris Dinallo, ADB chief technology officer and general manager, Americas Business TV. "Even better, if each guestroom is equipped with a capable LG Pro:Centric SmartTV, our vuTyme solution will execute on the TV directly without the need for an STB."vuTyme with LG Electronics 5500 STB and LG Electronics' Pro:Centric(r) SmartTVs means lower costs for hoteliers due to existing content protection schemes and the systems' operating on all-IP networks and using less on-premises equipment. It also means more available bandwidth on the fiber network for high-speed data, voice, and future expansion. Together, ADB and LG Electronics are giving guests robust features and stunning picture quality on the industry's best TVs."vuTyme has always been agnostic in video ingress technologies, whether it's IP, QAM, over fiber, or over RF coax," Dinallo said. "Additionally, it's agnostic of the video transport within the premise supporting different wiring and protocols, such as Unicast, Multicast, Cat5/6, WiFi, QAM over Coax, and even IP over DOCSIS over Coax. Working on optimizing the fiber buildouts that are happening today are a natural extension of what ADB offers."Longevity + ExperienceFor 20+ years, ADB has been offering the best and most useful interactive TV features for its customers. As the provider of 100 million at-home television set-top boxes and broadband gateway systems around the world, ADB is intimately familiar with what guests have, what they use, how they use it, and what they want. This gives ADB the technical and behavioral experience that no other supplier has when designing, developing and deploying the next generation of iTV for hotels.vuTyme is an end-to-end, managed-services iTV solution delivers live TV, VOD, PPV, concierge, digital signage and targeted advertisements PLUS it offers exciting features such as Searchable Interactive Program Guide (IPG), Over-the-Top (OTT) services access like Screencasting from BYOD, direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR Code, Pause/Rewind/Fast-Forward LIVE TV, and much more.For more information on vuTyme with LG Electronics 5500 STB and LG Electronics' Pro:Centric(r) TVs, visit ADB in Booth #337 at HITEC.
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ADB to Host HITEC Toronto Opening Night Party at Muzik Event Centre

ADB SA 6 June 2017
Visit ADB in at HITEC June 26 to 29 in Booth #337 at the Metro Toronto Convention CentreDenver, Colo. -- For the first time, the city of Toronto will play host to HITEC (the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference) June 26 to 29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For the second time, ADB will host the HITEC Opening Night Party on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Full registration attendees are invited to kick-off the premier hotel technology show at the Muziktm Event Centre, located at 15 Saskatchewan Road."We hope everyone attending HITEC will be our guests at the HITEC Opening Night Party on Monday night," said Chris Dinallo, ADB chief technology officer and general manager, Americas Business TV. "During this time, we hope you will meet our team, celebrate your own technology accomplishments, and enjoy the best in Canadian hospitality."While you can catch a glimpse of our popular vuTyme in-room entertainment solution on numerous TVs throughout the Muzik Event Centre -- including on an interactive LED wall - we invite you to see our many and differing solutions in Booth #337 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center Tuesday through Thursday," he added. "If you are looking for a high-quality and easy-to-use iTV solution that offers a frictionless experience, then vuTyme is for you. You'll love the fact that vuTyme operates in the cloud and requires no hotel head-end equipment - just a compact set-back box discretely mounted behind the TV."vuTyme is an end-to-end, managed-services iTV solution that delivers live TV, VOD, PPV, concierge, digital signage and targeted advertisements PLUS it offers exciting features such as Searchable Interactive Program Guide (IPG), Over-the-Top (OTT) services access like Screencasting from BYOD, direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR Code, Pause/Rewind/Fast-Forward LIVE TV, and much more.Longevity & ExperienceFor 20+ years, ADB has been offering the best and most useful interactive TV features for its customers. As the provider of 100 million at-home television set-top boxes and broadband gateway systems around the world, ADB is intimately familiar with what guests have, what they use, how they use it, and what they want. This gives ADB the technical and behavioral experience that no other supplier has when designing, developing and deploying the next generation of iTV for hotels.At HITEC, ADB will unveil:New vuTyme enhancements, including three choices of brandable UIs, OTT screencasting and more;A "Lite" solution that enables economy property owners to offer their guests a rich viewing experience but without the robust concierge services built into the full-featured vuTyme solution.An Emergency Alert Messaging service that will dramatically improve the safety of hotel guests and staff.For more information on the vuTyme by ADB iTV platform, visit www.vuTyme.com.
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ADB Enhances its 4th Generation vuTyme IRE Solution

ADB SA 30 May 2017
Nationally deployed with cable operators, vuTyme's new enhancements include three choices of brandable UIs, OTT screen-casting and morevuTyme's 65+ features offer dynamic configuration to meet hotelier needsVisit ADB at HITEC June 26 to 29 in Booth #337 at the Metro Toronto Convention CentreDenver, Colo. -- Next month, ADB will showcase vuTyme 4.4, a robust In-Room Entertainment System packed with scalable features supporting all hotel tiers, from economy to luxury. vuTyme 4.4 is fully customizable and contains three choices of User Interface, enabling hoteliers to apply their unique branding guidelines to unify the look and feel for guests. Each feature-set contains advertising campaigns, digital signage, and local/hotel program channel.vuTyme by ADB will be on display at HITEC Toronto June 26 to 29 in Booth #337. Join ADB Monday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m., as they sponsor the HITEC Opening Night Party at the Muzik Event Centre."With vuTyme, ADB continues to raise the bar on the possibilities of what an in-room entertainment system can and should offer," said Chris Dinallo, ADB chief technology officer and general manager, Americas Business TV. "We built vuTyme in 2011 as a solution that would transcend the typical in-room TV viewing experience. Today, vuTyme continues to be digital based, agnostic to video transport and delivery, and built to lower the total cost of ownership. It also streamlines transaction-based processing to enable hoteliers to create new services and revenue-generating capabilities. vuTyme 4.4 is nothing less than what we intended many years ago."vuTyme 4.4 delivers live TV, VOD, PPV, concierge, digital signage and targeted advertisements PLUS it offers exciting features such as Searchable Interactive Program Guide (IPG), Over-the-Top (OTT) services access like Screencasting from BYOD, direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR Code, Pause/Rewind/Fast-Forward LIVE TV, and much more."Hoteliers who are looking for a high-quality and easy-to-use iTV solution that offers a frictionless experience should visit ADB at HITEC Toronto," Dinallo said. "vuTyme operates in the cloud, requiring no hotel head-end equipment - just a compact set-back box discretely mounted behind the TV."For more information on the vuTyme by ADB iTV platform, visit www.vuTyme.com.
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Three Things You Need to Know About Meeting Guests' In-Room Streaming Demands

ADB SA 12 April 2017
Tradeshow season for the hospitality industry is underway, with several technology events on the horizon. As hoteliers prepare to see who has the latest in IP Streaming and other over-the-top (OTT)services for in-room entertainment (IRE), it's important to know which solution is the right solution for their hotels. Enabling guests to stream their personal content and accounts such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos, Hulu, etc. from a mobile device to the TV should be a priority. Guest surveys clearly show it's becoming mainstream because travelers expect it - especially Millennials. With so many solutions on the market, it's critical that the solution hoteliers select for their guests meets four specific goals: (1) It's cost effective, (2) It's easily deployable, (3) It's user-friendly, and (4) It's future proof.While most IRE providers are offering and supporting Internet Protocol Streaming (IP-streaming or simply "streaming"), not all solutions are the same, even though they may all use Internet-Protocol. There are streaming apps that are native to the underlying hardware device (coded specifically to a given device), there are browser-based apps that allow a level of device independence, and there are purpose-built devices that cast the streaming functionality. Each type has pros and cons that directly impact the four goals mentioned above.To deliver the highest quality streaming experience, here are three important things hoteliers need to know:1. Native Streaming Apps are NOT User Friendly or Future ProofSolutions that implement native streaming OTT apps (e.g. Netflix, Hulu, etc.) usually offer excellent performance and tight integration with the IRE solution. Think of it as another choice off the main menu, or an item selectable from the interactive program guide (IPG)to start a streaming playback session. Because hoteliers have no additional devices to purchase if the IRE device can support these apps, it meets both the cost-effective and easily deployable goals. The guest, for example, will find and launch these apps easily on the menu or IPG.Native Streaming Apps fail the user-friendly goal because guests must enter their personal account credentials to start the streaming session. This is neither easy using a standard TV remote, nor does it leave a guest feeling confident about where his personal credentials are going. In today's environment of security breaches and personal identity theft, this should be considered a non-starter solution. If that's not enough to make you pause, by design, a native app is a one-off app specifically coded for a specific streaming service (OTT) on a specific device. This is not a future proof solution. In fact, it's exactly the opposite, requiring a newly developed app for each future OTT service for a given device.2. Browser-Based Apps are NOT Easily Deployable or User FriendlyIRE solutions that incorporate web-based browser apps to perform the OTT streaming session offer a cost-effective approach much like native apps, as long as the IRE solution device can support a web-based browser. As it turns out, this is still difficult for most of the deployed devices that exist today. Even when the device does support a browser, many interoperability issues arise and performance is not stellar; sometimes performance is so bad that it's unacceptable for a guest who just expects it to work. So, while it's cost-effective, it's certainly NOT easily-deployable or user-friendly. Being a web-based browser app, one could argue that IRE devices are becoming as powerful as personal computers; therefore, the future-proofing goal is met.3. Casting Meets ALL Goal CriteriaCasting technology is relatively new, and therefore, it's just starting to become a known deployable solution for IRE. Because there are so many different types of competing casting technologies, hoteliers need to be aware of their related pros and cons. However, before we explore the types of casting technologies, let's first determine if casting meets the four goals.Cost-effectiveness has a glass half-empty / half-full perspective that you'll need to determine based on your needs. Casting does require a separate device, so it comes at a cost. Yet, the cost provides unparalleled function in meeting the goals -- it is easily deployable by having the flexibility to be retrofitted to existing IRE devices or it can be tightly integrated into new IRE devices. You may find that this flexibility is worth the minimal capital expense.In the user-friendly goal category, the guest is not required to enter their personal credentials on the TV, but rather they initiate the streaming via their own mobile device - credentials never need to be shared with other "unknown" systems. Guest will cherish this feature with the added benefit of knowing they have exactly the OTT apps they enjoy. To the point of user-friendliness, the guest projects (i.e. casts) the program stream to the TV by merely pressing a TV Remote Control button (or selecting a menu/IPG option). Robust casting design should also include security mechanisms whereby a guest can only "cast" to his or her room, thereby preventing accidental or even intentional malicious casting to another room. Be sure your casting solution has such prevention that again is user-friendly for the guest.When it comes to future-proofing, other streaming designs just do not stand up over time like casting does. This is because casting is app-agnostic and IRE device agnostic, and only requires the use of standard WiFi. This approach ensures guest satisfaction for many years.The saying is true: Change is a constant, and therefore, performing due-diligence in exploring all the streaming possibilities should not be taken lightly. Yet, much like a shiny coin trying to grab your attention, it's best to set your goals then make your determination against those goals.Before adding the next-generation of iTV or in-room-entertainment at your hotel to meet the needs of today's mobile-dependent guests, consult with an IRE provider that has highest expertise in deploying video technologies to help you make a wise purchasing decision.
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ADB to Showcase Hospitality's Best iTV Solutions, including Streamcasting, at AAHOA Convention

ADB SA 10 April 2017
vuTyme by ADB installed in over 250,000 hotel rooms across the United Statesprovides a home-like, in-room viewing experience with Searchable Interactive Programming Guide, Over-the-Top services and moreVisit ADB in Spectrum Booth #1107, April 11 to 14 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San AntonioDenver, Colo. -- This week ADB will showcase hospitality's best in In-Room Entertainment/interactive TV services at the 2017 AAHOA Convention and Tradeshow, to be held April 11 to 14 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. ADB will feature its vuTyme iTV platform consisting of live TV, Video on Demand, Pay-per-view, concierge, local channel, digital signage and targeted advertisement services in the Spectrum Booth #1107."We are eager to demonstrate our new iTV platform, vuTyme, to one of the fastest-growing hospitality organizations in the U.S.," said Chris Dinallo, ADB CTO of Business TV. "vuTyme delivers the services that hoteliers want and guests demand. In addition to standard TV services, vuTyme provides a Searchable Interactive Program Guide, direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR Code, Pause/Rewind/Fast-Forward Live TV, and other guest-friendly features, including 200+ HD channels."Streaming Video Via vuCasterOf special interest to attendees will be ADB's vuCaster product that streams or "casts" programming from YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and other premium content providers onto the bigger in-room screen to deliver a frictionless customer experience without the guest having to provide their account login credentials. Powered by Google Casttm, vuCaster streams over-the-top content from smartphones, tablets, portable computers and other mobile devices to the TV, giving guests the services and the experiences some of them may be already familiar with at home. When content is being viewed on the TV, it frees up guests' mobile devices for other interactive hotel activities.
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ADB Showcasing Streamcasting Technology at HT-NEXT

ADB SA 29 March 2017
vuCaster by ADB enables hotel guests to use their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other portable devices to project their OTT (over the top) content to the in-room TVvuTyme by ADB provides an in-room viewing experience equal to or better than home - with searchable Interactive Programming Guide, Over-the-Top services and moreDenver, Colo. -- Next month at HX-NEXT, ADB will showcase an interactive TV solution for in-room entertainment that enables guests to stream content directly from their mobile devices to the guestroom TV. An essential part of its vuTyme in-room entertainment platform,vuCaster streams or "casts" personalized programming from YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and other premium content providers onto the bigger in-room screen to deliver a frictionless customer experience without the guest having to provide their account login credentials.vuCaster will be on display at Table 19 during HT-NEXT, to be held April 10 to 13 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. With the theme "Be Frictionless," HT-NEXT will introduce hoteliers to technologies that create stays that are effortless, smooth, and with no difficulty. Both vuCaster and vuTyme are designed to remove friction in the guestroom by enabling an entertainment experience that mirrors what users are already familiar with at home."Guests expect the hotel TV experience to be as good as - if not better than - what they have at home," said Chris Dinallo, ADB CTO of Business TV. "When it comes to in-room entertainment, travelers would 'prefer' to watch content that they bring with them using the room TV because 'most hotels don't have any good channels or any way to know what channel is what.' We created vuCaster to make the streaming process as easy as possible."To stream content from smartphones, tablets, portable computers and other mobile devices to the TV, guests simply use the vuTyme on-screen menu to activate vuCaster," he said. "It's not necessary for guests to enter their account credentials for Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Hulu and others. Once activated, guests launch the vuCaster app on their mobile device. By pressing the Cast icon, content is instantly streamed to the TV. It's frictionless. And, when content is being viewed on the TV, it frees up guests' mobile devices for other activities." vuCaster is powered by Google Casttm (a registered trademark of Google Inc). It is available on all new vuTyme deployments and can be retrofitted to existing installations.vuTyme delivers a complete set of in-room services, including live TV, Video on Demand, Pay-per-view, concierge, local channel, digital signage and targeted advertisements. It also provides Searchable Interactive Program Guide, direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR Code, Pause/Rewind/Fast-Forward Live TV, and other guest-friendly features."Hoteliers who are looking for an iTV solution that is high quality, easy to use, and offers a frictionless experience should visit ADB at HT-NEXT," Dinallo said. "vuTyme operates in the cloud, requiring no hotel head-end equipment - just a compact set-back box discretely mounted behind the TV. If streamcasting is on your hotel's wish-list for 2017, then it's time to experience vuCaster and vuTyme."For more information on ADB, visit our website at www.abdglobal.com.
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Give Guests the Gift of Better Communication in 2017 with TV Messaging Via vuTyme by ADB

ADB SA 6 December 2016
Denver, Colo. -- A recent study asked travelers what they expect from a hotel's In-Room Entertainment (IRE) experience. Their answer wasn't surprising. Travelers said they expect the interactive TV platform to provide them with the types of information they want to know, and they want information delivered directly to them that they need to know relevant to their stay. In today's instant-information age, that seems like a pretty reasonable expectation. That's why ADB built in-room messaging into its new cloud-based IRE platform, vuTyme. While there are several dedicated messaging systems on the market, few (if any) of the IRE providers are enabling hoteliers to use the TV for direct-to-guest messaging.The "2016 In-Room Entertainment Preference Study" revealed that "Guest Messaging" is an emerging technology that guests find especially important in impacting their stay. In particular, the survey explored guest perceptions about feedback on service requests and the ability for a meeting planner to send targeted messages to their group members only. Respondents overwhelmingly said they want to be contacted. The preferred contact medium, especially for Millennials, was the hotel room TV."Guests have a variety of information needs during their stay," said Chris Dinallo, ADB CTO of Business TV. "Sure, there is probably a dedicated TV channel allocated for folio review and a list of hotel services, but it requires guests to search for it and then extract the information that is relevant to them in that moment. Having a dedicated channel is good, but offering a direct messaging platform via the in-room TV is far better. Via vuTyme, front desk staff can message a guest individually, a group of guests, all guests, or even guests staying at 20 different properties within the same enterprise or theme park."In a dynamic hotel environment, things are always changing," he said. "Perhaps management needs to add a last-minute food and beverage special to recoup dwindling sales, maybe seats just opened up for a previously sold-out entertainment venue, or the shuttle bus just broke down and guests with prior transportation reservations will now need to take a taxi to the airport instead. vuTyme enables front desk staff to type a personalized message to one guest or a generalized message to all guests that scrolls across the top of the TV in real time and in a large font to grab their attention. In this way, the hotel is giving guests exactly what they asked for: information that they want to know and need to know relevant to their stay."Consider these scenarios:The hotel pool will be closed from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for routine maintenance. A guest would prefer to learn of the closing on their in-room TV prior to changing clothes and walking down to the pool.There is an annual meeting at your convention hotel that spans the entire property. A guest rather learn that the Opening General Session has moved from Ballroom A on the north side of the facility to Ballroom D on the south side of the facility before she shows up with just minutes to spare.A guest is waiting for an important package to arrive. Instead of calling the front desk repeatedly to inquire on the delivery status, he would prefer to see a message pop up on the TV while readying for the day.With vuTyme by ADB, front desk staff upload the message and they also control the frequency for all configurable text. For example, communication can be set to scroll every two minutes and display for 30 seconds or in any time intervals they select."Hotels that are not driving guest messaging to the in-room TV are doing the industry a disservice," Dinallo said. "vuTyme was designed to integrate all service that today's travelers demand into one system."vuTyme is a 4th generation end-to-end, managed-services iTV solution for hotels. It delivers a complete set of services like live TV, VOD, PPV, concierge, digital signage and targeted advertisements PLUS it offers exciting features such as Searchable Interactive Program Guide (IPG), Over-the-Top (OTT) services access like Screencasting from BYOD, direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR Code, Pause/Rewind/Fast-Forward LIVE TV, and much more. vuTyme is offered as a managed service to hotels using the global cloud infrastructure or cable company central office. ADB offers 24/7 monitoring to ensure reliability and delivery of service.
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Got TVs? Get Digital Signage Via vuTyme by ADB

ADB SA 30 November 2016
Denver, Colo. -- Whoever said Digital Signage implementation is costly and complicated never experienced the option now available through vuTyme by ADB. As part of this popular cloud-based In-Room Entertainment solution, hoteliers can turn any hotel TV into a content display without processing fees or involving a third party to manage it for them."Unlike a dedicated digital signage system that costs thousands of dollars, ADB is now offering the service as an option within vuTyme," said Chris Dinallo, ADB CTO of Business TV. "As a modular system, vuTyme enables hoteliers to create their own digital signage campaigns. This content is created using a cloud-based management system, shared through the TV's compact set-back box (discretely mounted behind the TV), and stored in vuTyme's library. This gives hoteliers the flexibility to switch any TV from guest use to digital signage as needed. For example, use a TV in the breakfast area to promote the day's meetings and events, then switch it back to guest-use mid-day and change it again to promote bar or restaurant specials in the evening. This is done using a simple web-portal. With vuTyme Digital Signage (DS), there is no need for expensive displays, and it makes the TV more valuable throughout the day."vuTyme is a 4th generation end-to-end, managed-services iTV solution for hotels. It delivers a complete set of services like live TV, VOD, PPV, concierge, digital signage and targeted advertisements PLUS it offers exciting features such as Searchable Interactive Program Guide (IPG), Over-the-Top (OTT) services access like Screencasting from BYOD, direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR Code, Pause/Rewind/Fast-Forward LIVE TV, and much more.The vuTyme DS option can be used to dedicate one or more set-back boxes to cycle through promotional or informational pictures. Uploaded on premises, staff can specify the date, time duration of display, and the amount of time between pictures. The vuTyme DS can also be enabled by property, by specific area in a hotel (such as lobby or bar), by specific rooms (meeting rooms or guestrooms), or even by specific boxes across a property. DS boxes will not be able to tune to video or other vuTyme services until the DS mode has been changed for the specific boxes to full vuTyme services."vuTyme DS is limited only by one's imagination," Dinallo said. "Our customers commonly use it to showcase restaurant menus, hotel services, property maps, meeting and event locations, safety information, advertisements, and more. When the monitor is not being used for in-house promotions, some hotels have opted to display digital artwork that complements the environment."Benefits of the vuTyme Digital Signage system include:Low cost: It comes with vuTyme; no dedicated equipment is neededFlexible: hoteliers can enable/disable on any given vuTyme TVNo dependencies: hoteliers can create their own contentSimple content generation: PowerPoint and Images suffice"vuTyme DS is the basic content-creation and display service that the majority of hoteliers are requesting today," Dinallo said. "It's simple. . . It's flexible. . . and more importantly, it's affordable. What vuTyme DS is not, is interactive."vuTyme is offered as a managed service to hotels using the global cloud infrastructure or cable company central office. ADB offers 24/7 monitoring to ensure reliability and delivery of service.
Article by Chris Dinallo

Five Top Reasons Why Hoteliers Need to Take In-Room Entertainment to the Cloud in 2017

ADB SA 15 November 2016
Hoteliers are knee deep in budget season, and according to a recent industry report, nearly 79 percent of hotels are - or will be - running some sort of cloud-based applications in the coming year, and 31 percent have made - or will be making - cloud migration for major property systems a top priority. So what's running in the cloud today - or soon to be in the future? It's what you might expect: property-management systems, revenue-management systems, Email services, central-reservation systems, point-of-sale systems, customer-relationship management systems, sales and catering, event management and even accounting and financials. What's blatantly missing, however, is the In-Room Entertainment platform.When you look at planned guestroom technology rollouts, the aforementioned report revealed that hoteliers are investing in flat screen TVs, HD TVs, video on demand programming, IPTV/smart TV and other related TV technologies. However, there is no talk about hosting the overall In-Room Entertainment (IRE) platform in the cloud. In serving this market for the past decade, I can tell you that managing these processes above property is the smart way to do business and drive revenues to the bottom line.Here are 5 Top reasons why migrating a hotel's IRE to the cloud is a smart investment:1 . No Capital Expense.First and foremost, migrating IRE to the cloud removes the need to invest in capital equipment and servers that are located within the building and need to be maintained and upgraded regularly. By working with the major cable, satellite, and telco TV operators to drive content, hotels can simply pay a small monthly FTG fee and receive hundreds of full HD channels, Over the Top services like screencasting, thousands of free video-on-demand titles, and a host of other guest services all with no CapEx required. In addition, migrating IRE to the cloud frees-up physical space (no footprint) and consumes less power, making a hotel more environmentally friendly.2. Remote Management.If a hotel is part of a multi-property enterprise, local content and specific features can be managed simultaneously for each location from anywhere in the world. Features such as digital messaging via the in-room TV is becoming increasingly popular with guests. When IRE is managed in the cloud, owners or marketers can blast messages or special promotions to all rooms across all hotels. Perhaps management wants to promote the 5:00 p.m. Happy Hour to all guests at all locations - or, perhaps to a subset of guests across locations common when there is a large convention in town. A management company may want to welcome all guests attending that event at the multi-branded hotels they operate within the city. The same type of remote blanket messaging can be shared among each hotel's digital signage in public areas. When IRE is managed in the cloud, it gives hoteliers flexibility of remote access to one or more properties.3. Flexible Interfaces.When IRE is managed in the cloud, hoteliers can more easily switch between content providers. For example, a hotel may be driving content from a satellite provider, but then determine - based on customer feedback - that switching to a cable provider would increase satisfaction and loyalty. In a cloud environment, the IRE infrastructure remains the same without any disruption. Once the IRE system is in the cloud, content can originate from virtually anywhere. The content provider is not tightly coupled to the IRE system.\4. Better Guest Experience.Migrating IRE to the cloud actually can help a hotel become more competitive in its local market because it is offering a better guest experience. Not only can a cloud IRE provider deliver the same entertainment content that guests already receive at home, but they also can provide OTT services like Screencasting that enables guests to stream their own content from a mobile device to the guestroom TV. Services such as direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR scan codes for mobile directions, the ability to Pause/Rewind/Record/Fast-Forward LIVE TV are services over-and-above what most others hotels are able to provide today from their existing IRE partners. Managing local channel content for the hotel is also easier, more flexible, and requires no in-premise equipment when located in the cloud. Enabling meeting planners to re-broadcast session content to this local channel, for instance, can mean the difference between securing group business or losing it to the competition.5. Revenue Generation. In-Room Entertainment isn't just about delivering an exceptional guest experience; it's also a way to drive revenues. For example, establishing advertising within the IRE system will enable hoteliers to capture revenues through ads sold locally - and even nationally. Hoteliers can structure their ad campaigns any way they want. A cloud system that facilitates remote content makes it easy for local businesses and hotels to upload content. Perhaps it's a banner ad that pops up on the TV menu screen or on a specified channel change user action. A cloud solution will enable hotels to create and select which ad goes on which channel and for how long. It's quick and easy for the hotelier to manage without the IRE provider or content provider having to get involved.With cybersecurity top of mind for hoteliers across the globe, it's important to mention that a cloud-based IRE platform is built to today's security needs by utilizing encryption-based communication protocol to make the system highly secure. Yet, perhaps more to the point, because the solution does not store guest personal data or credentials nothing is stored in the cloud nor on the in-room equipment. All guest data continues to reside in the hotel's property-management system (PMS). Therefore, there is no motivation for hackers to try to infiltrate the IRE system.Migrating property systems to the cloud is a smart investment for the future. While preparing your 2017 budgets, add In-Room Entertainment to the list of property solutions that need to make the switch. Guests will thank you for providing them with the best in-room experience possible and owners will thank you for saving them money and driving revenues.
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Budgeting for Better In-Room Entertainment in 2017? vuTyme by ADB Delivers What Guests Want and Hoteliers Need

ADB SA 3 November 2016
Hoteliers knee deep in budget season need to keep In-Room Entertainment top of mind for 2017. Recent studies show that guests want a better interactive TV experience while hoteliers want one that is more cost effective. vuTyme by ADB delivers a complete set of services like live TV, VOD, PPV, concierge, digital signage and targeted advertisements. It also offers exciting features such as Searchable Interactive Program Guide (IPG); Over-the-Top (OTT) services access like Screencasting content from a guests own device to the TV; and the ability to pause, rewind, fast-forward and record live TV using its patented DVR-Litetm technology.Consider these 2016 findings:A recent study released by the GBTA Foundation (the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association) shows that business travelers in the U.S. and Canada want technology amenities that "most hotels do not currently offer." When asked "Which new hotel technologies are business travelers most interested in," 34% said "offering streaming services (ie. Netflix and HBO Go) on guest televisions."The 2016 Lodging Technology Study reports that 56% of hoteliers are planning to invest in guestroom technology upgrades in 2016/2017. Ninety-five percent said they either use, plan to upgrade or plan to add HD television content in 2016/2017. IPTV / Smart TV was among the Top 10 new technology roll outs.According to the 2016 In-Room Entertainment Preference Study, 73% of Millennials consider TV "Very Important." Currently, 62.1% of Millennials, 52.2% of Gen X and 17.2% of Boomers are using their own devices to stream media while at the hotel. Guests PREFER to watch streaming media via the hotel room TV.ADB has the technical and behavioral experience that no other supplier has when designing, developing and deploying the next generation of iTV for the hotel environment. With 100 million at-home television set-top boxes and broadband gateway systems installed around the world, ADB is intimately familiar with what guests have, what they use, how they use it, and what they want. This, combined with recent research, gives ADB the technical and behavioral experience that no other supplier has when designing, developing and deploying the next generation of iTV for the hotel environment.vuTyme provides Guests with:200+ HD channels, a Searchable IPG, thousands of FREE Video on Demand titles and a Pay-per-view offering.Easy access to their personal accounts and content via OTT applications and Screencasting via vuCastertm.Access to folio review and check out; hotel amenities and local information; news, weather and sports programming; service requests.Meetings information and group agendas via a digital signage for in rooms and public spaces.Social media connections, inputting housekeeping or maintenance service requests and receiving hotel/group messaging direct to the in-room TV.vuTyme provides Hoteliers with:A robust and stable PMS Interface (including Oracle).A dedicated branded channel.An eco-system of content services enabling guests to get what they want.Unbounding the limits of what TV can do.An IRE system that is continually enhanced via intelligent Cloud Management.Get Screencasting via vuCasterHoteliers with screencasting on their 2017 IRE technology wish list, ADB last month released a complementary solution called vuCaster (Google Casttm built-in) that augments vuTyme by allowing users to "cast" their personalised programming from YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and other premium content providers onto the bigger in-room screen. 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."Before finalizing 2017 budgets, hoteliers need to understand that interactive TV content - or lack thereof - has a direct impact on guest satisfaction and loyalty," said Chris Dinallo, ADB CTO of Business TV. "If hotels are not offering the level of in-room entertainment services that guests want - especially Millennials - they will go elsewhere, period. vuTyme gives guests everything they want, but at a price-point and with the simplicity and branded content and interfaces that every hotelier requires. Don't just renew your existing agreement without first taking a look at vuTyme."vuTyme is offered as a managed service to hotels using the global cloud infrastructure or cable company central office. ADB offers 24/7 monitoring to ensure reliability and delivery of service. vuTyme requires no capital expenditure and hotel head-end equipment - just a compact set-back box discretely mounted behind the TV.About ADB Business TVADB's Business TV solutions are built on 20 years of continuous development and innovation, delivering advanced TV solutions for businesses across cable, satellite, IPTV and now over-the-top (OTT) services. We provide solutions that meet today's complex hospitality TV demands, marrying global TV, interactive media, and IP connectivity to enable a better in-room customer experience,ADB's hospitality solution is one of the top five most deployed hospitality interactive TV solutions globally and the second most deployed platform in the US. Our technologies power TV content and services delivery in over 200,000 US guestrooms, across the industry's leading brands.ADB is Connecting Lives and Connecting Worlds with innovative software solutions and managed services for business TV, personal TV, broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT). We understand how multimedia convergence is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost-effective connectivity and services.Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America, ADB has deployed more than 100 million devices worldwide. We have a passionate and dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 350-strong engineering team.
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ADB Releases Independent iTV Research Findings as'2016 In-Room Entertainment Preferences Study'

ADB SA 12 October 2016
ADB today announced a new White Paper that reveals critical research about what hoteliers and guests deem important in a hotel's in-room entertainment offerings, specifically relating to the guestroom TV experience. Titled the "2016 In-Room Entertainment Preference Study", this report reveals eye-opening conclusions, including the fact that hoteliers consider several IRE services to be more important than guests do.The three-tier research project, commissioned by ADB and conducted by The Consultancy at Pointer's Ridge, is now available by clicking here. The ADB team will be available to discuss the insights contained in the whitepaper at the Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) Conference in Barcelona, Spain October 25-27."ADB is pleased to present these in-room entertainment metrics,'" said Chris Dinallo, SVP Business TV for ADB. "This is a ground-breaking piece of research that provides direct and actionable intelligence from the two most important constituencies in hotels about what is most important to them in the IRE arena. Specifically, we wanted to learn how closely the hotel TV experience should mirror what guests have at home; whether they prefer to view their own content in the hotel (Bring Your Own Content, BYOC); how guests prefer to watch BYOC (do they connect to the TV and how, or use their own device, BYOD); and what they expect to find in the guest room of tomorrow. We asked similar questions of hoteliers, and then compared the data."The findings from this study are very enlightening," he said.Two thousand demographically-balanced hotel stayers representing stays at luxury, upscale, midscale and economy tiers were surveyed for this project. The survey instrument was developed on a strong foundation of Hotel Industry Executive Interviews and Consumer Focus Groups, where participants were asked in-depth questions about how they use the hotel in-room TV today, and what they want or foresee in the future of hotel in-room entertainment solutions. Respondents were then asked to rate the appeal of current programming and services and propose new in-room entertainment features. Here are just some of the findings: Tier 1: The Hotelier ViewpointOne of the first observations is that hoteliers and guests value IRE services differently. Hotel executives tend to weigh most services more strongly than guests. Hoteliers all rated Interactive Program Guides (IPG), Searchable IPG, Over the Top Services (Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos, Hulu, etc.) and Screencasting (the ability to show OTTdisplays and other services from guests own devices via the TV screen) highly. Hoteliers also see Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View programming to be of high importance.Other strong hotelier opinions included:A robust PMS interface is a must-have for many of these services.Guests want a home-like TV experience in the room.Guests really want to stream their own content to the hotel room TV.Tier 2: The Qualitative Guest ViewpointA key observation among guests is that the in-room TV experience is important, but not important enough to drive the choice of hotel by itself. While guests also put a high value on IPG (searchable or otherwise), OTT and Screencasting, they do not see it as important as hoteliers. The same holds true for VOD and PPV. On the other side, guests say that hotel and local area information channels are important, while hoteliers see less value. It's important to note that guests, particularly Millennials, really do want to view their own content on hotel room televisions.Tier 3: The Quantitative Guest ViewpointGuests were very vocal about what they want from an IRE experience. The following are verbatim quotes in response to open-ended questions on the consumer survey:"Most hotels don't have any good channels or any way to know what channel is what.""More hotels should allow you to connect your own personal media device to the TV for viewing.""[IRE systems]need to be updated to reflect the changing tastes in TV (500+ channels as well as digital media receivers like Roku and Chromecast)."Researchers learned that age groups prioritize IRE service differently. When compared to older age groups, 73% of Millennials consider TV "Very Important" vs. 54% of older guests.They also discovered that Millennials assign a higher priority to almost all services compared to the other groups, with Boomers showing a pretty steep drop in preference compared to younger travellers. This insight shows that a hotel built to service the Millennial traveller needs a robust and feature-rich IRE offering.Finally, "Guest Messaging" revealed itself as an emerging technology. The survey explored guest perceptions about (1) feedback on service requests and (2) the abilityfor a meeting planner to send targeted messages to their group members only. Survey respondents overwhelmingly said they want to be contacted. The preferred contact medium, especially for Millennials, was the hotel room TV and text message.When it comes to mobile technology, guests carry an average of 1.71 smartphones and 1.49 laptops in the traveling party. Millennials, however, carry more devices than other age groups, an average of 2.48 smartphones and 2.22 laptops per travel party, pulling up the averages. They carry more tablets, too. When asked "Which, if any, of these devices do you connect to/watch over your hotel room TV?" the surprising finding was that 57.4% of guests are attempting to connect their own devices to the in-room TV (via a cable or streaming device).Most guests, across all age groups, have accounts with Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.Currently, 62.1% of Millennials, 52.2% of Gen X and 17.2% of Boomers are using their own devices to stream media while at the hotel.Guests would PREFER to watch streaming media via the hotel room TV (Millennials more so than older guests): 37% of Millennials would prefer to enter a passcode into the TV; 23.9 % of Millennials would prefer to use Chromecast, Roku or a similar device; 26.2% of Millennials would prefer to use an HDMI cable or the like; and 27.6% of Millennials would prefer to stream their media wirelessly to the TV.ADB used the findings from this study to reinvent its iTV platform called vuTyme. Built with these specific hotelier and guest requirements in mind, vuTyme is quick to install, simple to manage, easy to customize with branded features, and offers the lowest capital and operational expenditures of any competing solution. vuTyme also offers Searchable IPG, OTT services access like Screencasting from BYOD, direct-to-guest messaging through the TV and more. Hosted in the Cloud, vuTyme requires no hotel head-end equipment and minimal in-room devices. The only hardware on-site is a compact set-back box which is discretely mounted behind the TV.ADB will showcasing the vuTyme solution at the HTNG Conference. Alongside demonstrations of the platform, ADB will be able to share further insights from the "2016 In-Room Entertainment Preferences Study."To download a copy of the full whitepaper, click here. For more information on vuTyme, visit www.vuTyme.com. To pre-schedule an appointment with ADB during the show, email info@adbglobal.com.
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ADB extends capability of vuTyme hotel iTV platform with vuCaster solution for streaming from personal devices

ADB SA 7 October 2016
ADB, a leading provider of solutions and services for media convergence, has announced that it 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 a complementary solution, vuCaster, which augments vuTyme by allowing users to 'cast' their personalised programming from YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and other premium content providers onto the bigger in-room screen.ADB is launching vuCaster at the Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) Conference in Barcelona, Spain, which takes place October 25-27. The launch follows the European debut of the vuTyme end-to-end in-room TV platform at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam last month, after its initial launch at HITEC, the world's largest hospitality technology show, in New Orleans in June. At both events, vuTyme received positive market reception from leading players in the business TV and hotel industries.vuTyme delivers a complete set of in-room services, including live TV, Video on Demand (VOD), Pay-per-view (PPV), concierge, digital signage and targeted advertisements. In addition, it offers Searchable Interactive Program Guide (IPG) and Over-the-Top (OTT) 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.How 'vuCaster' screencasting worksGuests 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.vuCaster addresses several challenges facing hoteliers by:permitting guests to easily switch between vuCaster and other vuTyme TV features;providing quick activation without requiring guests to enter their OTT account credentials into a foreign device;and allowing streaming from the hotel's WiFi network.vuCaster is powered by Google Casttm (a registered trademark of Google Inc). It is available on all new vuTyme deployments and can be retrofitted to existing installations. Peter Balchin, ADB's Chief Executive Officer, comments: "vuTyme and vuCaster build on 20 years of ADB offering the best and most useful interactive features for its customers. As the provider of 100 million at-home television set-top boxes and broadband gateway systems around the world, we fully understand what TV providers and their own customers have, use and want when it comes to television today. And we continually innovate to provide businesses with the tools necessary to meet consumer expectations. Our longstanding experience in developing TV technology and understanding viewer behaviour enables us to better design and deploy the next generation of iTV for the hotel environment." To guide the development of vuTyme by finding out exactly what both guests and hoteliers want in an in-room entertainment solution, ADB commissioned an independent study through the Consultancy at Pointer's Ridge.Chris Dinallo, ADB's Senior Vice-President of Business TV, explains: "Hoteliers asked for an iTV solution that is high quality, easy to use, and offers fast and reliable service. 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."vuTyme is offered as a managed service to hotels using the global cloud infrastructure or cable company central office. ADB offers 24/7 monitoring to ensure reliability and delivery of service. It requires no capital expenditure and integrates with major Property Management Systems and Guest Service Interfaces.For more information on ADB, visit our website at www.abdglobal.com.
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ADB Increases Solid State Memory Life-Cycle Seven Times with Patented DVR-Litetm

ADB SA 22 June 2016
Today at HITEC, ADB announced that as part of its vuTyme iTV platform launch, hotel guests can pause, rewind, fast-forward and record live TV using its patented DVR-Litetm technology. This system is designed to prolong the service life of a solid state drive (SDHC memory card) used in connection with a DVR to increase the life-span of the device from four to seven times, depending on various factors such as configuration, quality of video being recorded, and type of memory."DVR-Lite is another example of how vuTyme by ADB is providing the highest quality television experience for guests while minimizing operational costs for owners," said Chris Dinallo, ADB's SVP Business TV."Let's say a guest is watching a basketball game and his cell phone rings. Instead of missing the game-winning shot, the guest can pause the game and resume it after the call," he said. "The guest can also rewind and fast-forward at different speeds (commonly referred to as 'trick-play') because the TV content is stored in DVR-Lite's solid-state memory. With the use of the patented technology within DVR-Lite, guests can trick-play more TV shows more often before the memory wears out, and hoteliers do not have replace SD memory cards for many years. The end result is a better in-room viewing experience for guests and lower operating costs for hoteliers."DVR-Litetm enables time-shift playback using off-the-shelf SDHC memory cards versus expensive spinning hard drives and do so using patented technology that greatly improves life-cycle and reliability.For two decades, ADB has quietly helped deliver award-winning television viewing experiences to hotels, homes and businesses around the world. The company's technology is installed in more than 200,000 U.S. guestrooms representing the industry's top brands. It's one of the fastest-growing hospitality iTV technology providers in the world, and the 2nd most deployed platform in the U.S. hospitality market.With its U.S. headquarters in Broomfield, Colo., ADB has installations in more than 80 countries, with over 100 million devices deployed.
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Experience Hospitality's Newest iTV Platform at HITEC! Introducing vuTyme by ADB in Booth 134

ADB SA 21 June 2016
Today ADB introduces vuTyme at HITEC, a new, 4th generation end-to-end, managed-services iTV solution for hotels. vuTyme delivers a complete set of services like live TV, VOD, PPV, concierge, digital signage and targeted advertisements PLUS it offers exciting features such as Searchable Interactive Program Guide (IPG), Over-the-Top (OTT) services access like Screencasting from BYOD, direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR Code, Pause/Rewind/Record/Fast-Forward LIVE TV, and much more. Unlike other providers who claim to be cloud-based, vuTyme operates in the cloud, requiring no hotel head-end equipment and featuring minimal in-room devices. The only hardware on-site is a compact set-back box which is discretely mounted behind the TV."For 20 years, ADB has been committed to offering the best and most useful interactive features for its customers," said Peter Balchin, CEO at ADB. "As the provider of 100 million at-home television set-top boxes and broadband gateway systems around the world, we are intimately familiar with what guests have, what they use, how they use it, and what they want. This gives us the technical and behavioral experience that no other supplier has when designing, developing and deploying the next generation of iTV for the hotel environment."Why Reinvent iTV for Hospitality?ADB set out to reinvent the iTV experience because hoteliers and guests said they want a better and more cost-effective interactive TV experience. Through a neutral, independent study commissioned by ADB via The Prism Partnership in cooperation with the Consultancy at Pointer's Ridge, ADB learned exactly what guests and hoteliers want in an in-room entertainment solution.The "2016 In-Room Entertainment Preference Study," which involved hotel industry executive interviews and consumer focus groups, revealed that hoteliers want a solution that is simple to install and quick to manage, features current content and capabilities, and can be made personal with branded content and interfaces. vuTyme goes far beyond just offering basic television for guests. Its two-way interactivity, robust line-up of guest-demanded applications (especially among millennials), hotel branding and customization capabilities gives hoteliers the service benefits they need and the revenue and communications opportunities they expect and require in terms of entertainment, marketing, staff efficiency and more.The study also revealed that guests want iTV to entertain in a way equal to or better than they already experience at home. They want to be able to access their stuff the same way they access it at home. They expect the interactive TV platform to provide them with the types of information they want to know, and they want information delivered directly to them that they need to know relevant to their stay. Finally, guests want a voice to let the hotel and the rest of the world know if it delivered on their expectations."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 guests while offering a true service platform for hoteliers. Welcome to vuTyme."VuTyme entertains guests with more than 200 HD channels, a Searchable IPG, thousands of FREE Video on Demand titles and a Pay-per-view offering.VuTyme gives guests easy access to their personal accounts and content via OTT applications and Screencasting.vuTyme tells guests what they want to know via folio review and check out; hotel amenities and local information; news, weather and sports programming; service requests; and a dedicated branded channel.vuTyme gives guests what they need to know, such as meetings information and group agendas via a digital signage for in rooms and public spaces.vuTyme gives guests a voice by rating their stay experience, providing social media connections, inputting housekeeping or maintenance service requests and receiving hotel/group messaging direct to the in-room TV."With vuTyme, hotels and guests now have value features that entertain, inform, and enrich the in-stay experience," Dinallo said. "Better yet, we deliver this reinvented platform using the hotel's existing coaxial cable or Ethernet, saving costs, space and power consumption." The vuTyme AdvantagevuTyme is offered as a managed service using the global cloud infrastructure or cable company central office. ADB offers 24/7 monitoring to ensure reliability and delivery of service. It eliminates expensive head-end equipment at each hotel, thereby cutting capital costs. It also frees-up physical space (no footprint) and consumes less power, making a hotel more environmentally friendly. As new services are developed, a property can usually upgrade quickly and remotely.Here are a few other benefits:vuTyme Requires No CapEx: ADB's relationship with the major cable operators makes it easy and cost-effective to offer the latest on-demand and OTT services. For a small addition to the monthly FTG fee, hotels can offer hundreds of full HD channels, OTT, thousands of free video-on-demand titles, and a host of other guest services all with no CapEx required. No other provider can match the scope and selection of vuTyme's offering.vuTyme supports PMS/Guest Service Interfaces: We integrate to 40+ PMS systems, including Oracle/Micros, and have interfaces to a dozen-plus Guest Services Systems.vuTyme Lets Guests Pause/Rewind/Record/Fast Forward LIVE TV: vuTyme enables hotel guests to pause, rewind, fast-forward and record live TV using patented ADB technology and off-the-shelf SDHC memory cards. This service - to be spotlighted in the coming days at HITEC - provides a better, more reliable in-room viewing experience for guests and lower operating costs for hoteliers.vuTyme Offers Screencasting: vuTyme is available via a wide range of STB configurations that allow guests to easily plug in their own devices or screencast content directly to the in-room TV. In addition, the software-based platform allows easy access to pay-OTT services like Netflix, Spotify, Hulu and others through a standards based HTML5 browser. OTT services enable guests to stream media from their personal accounts to the guestroom TV. If guests don't have a streaming account, they can watch free-VOD provided via vuTyme.vuTyme Supports Digital Signage: As a modular system with integration into core PMS systems, vuTyme enables hoteliers to create their own digital signage campaigns facility wide that mix still and video images. These are stored in vuTyme's library and played out through vuTyme STB's and connected screen across the facility based on an easy to use and highly automated management system.For more information on ADB, visit Booth 134 at HITEC 2016 and our website at www.abdglobal.com.
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vuTyme by ADB Joins LG Electronics PRO:CENTRIC Partner Program

ADB SA 21 June 2016
ADB/LG alliance adds more choice for in-room entertainment and a faster time to market by leveraging hoteliers' relationship with hospitality TV leader LG VuTyme by ADB runs on existing LG PRO:CENTRIC hotel smart TVs and set-top boxes, thereby protecting hoteliers' investmentsNew Orleans - vuTyme by ADB joins LG Electronics USA's Pro:Centric(r) Partner Program to provide hoteliers with more in-room entertainment device choices. Today, hoteliers can enjoy the unique benefits of the vuTyme interactive TV platform from ADB while preserving their investment in LG equipment installed in the majority of leading U.S. hotels. Through this alliance, vuTyme's cloud-based software will run on LG's Pro:Centric devices - including integrated IPTVs - thereby eliminating the need for an external set-top box and avoiding exhaustive approval processes required to add new devices at a hotel."The LG Pro:Centric platform is designed to deliver an enhanced, interactive guestroom experience," said Chris Dinallo, ADB's SVP Business TV. "With the inclusion of vuTyme running on both ADB's own set-top devices as well as LG's set-top boxes and SmartTVs, we offer a unique proposition to hoteliers, and operators of Cable, Satellite, and Telco services across the globe.""The capabilities of ADB, a 20-year iTV solution company, complement the LG Pro:Centric platform to better serve the U.S. hospitality market," said Michael Kosla, Vice President, Hospitality, LG Electronics USA. "ADB's vuTyme offers our customers a feature-rich entertainment system option running on LG integrated smart IPTVs and set top boxes enabling them to deliver an improved guest television experience."For two decades, ADB has quietly helped deliver award-winning television viewing experiences to hotels, homes and businesses around the world. The company's technology is installed in more than 200,000 U.S. guestrooms representing the industry's top brands. It's one of the fastest-growing hospitality iTV technology providers in the world, and the second most deployed platform in the U.S. hospitality market.With its U.S. headquarters in Broomfield, Colo., ADB has installations in more than 80 countries, with over 100 million iTV, Broadband and Telco devices deployed.
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10 Reasons Why Hoteliers Need to See the Reinvented iTV Platform by ADB at HITEC

ADB SA 13 June 2016
ADB, the biggest and fastest growing interactive TV (iTV) solutions provider you've never met, will unveil a new end-to-end, managed-services iTV solution at HITEC. Not only does this solution operate in the cloud, but based on feedback from a neutral, independent study, the reinvented iTV platform delivers exactly what hoteliers and guests are asking for in 2016 and beyond, including: A robust and stable PMS Interface; An "at-home" experience that enables guests get more than 100 HD channels accessible through a searchable IPG and the ability to pause and record live TV; And, the ability to log on to their Over The Top (OTT) streaming accounts.Here are 10 Top reasons why you should experience the reinvented iTV platform from ADB in Booth 134 at HITEC:Experienced & Global: Guests want an in-room TV viewing experience that is equal to or better than home. As the provider of 20 million at-home television set-top boxes around the world, ADB is intimately familiar with what guests have, what they use, how they use it, and what they want. This gives ADB the technical and behavioral experience that no other supplier has when designing, developing and deploying the next generation of iTV for the hotel environment.Research: ADB has been serving the hospitality industry for five-and-a-half years and has deployed its advance iTV technology to more than 200,000 rooms across most of the world's top brands. ADB has engaged with numerous hotel professionals and listened to their needs and concerns and adapted its solutions to help address them. Recently ADBcommissioned a neutral, independent study to determine exactly what guests and hoteliers want in an in-room entertainment solution, specifically relating to the guestroom TV experience. Findings will be revealed post HITEC.UX: For guests, ADB delivers iTV functionality in a format that is easy to find and simple to use, ensuring a pleasant guest experience. This iTV platform offers guests what they want/need to know. It gives them a voice during their stay through the iTV experience, keeps them entertained, and shows them personalized "stuff" that keeps them engaged, spending money and coming back. For hoteliers, the solution is quick to install, simple to manage and easy to customize with branded features. It uses the hotel's existing coaxial cable or Ethernet, saving costs, space and power consumption. The only hardware on-site is a compact device which hides discretely mounted behind the TV.Green & Cloud-Based: ADB's cloud-based managed services implementation offers 24/7 monitoring to ensure reliability and delivery of service. It eliminates expensive head-end equipment at each hotel, thereby cutting capital costs. It also frees-up physical space (no footprint) and consumes less power, making a hotel more green. As new services are developed, a property can upgrade quickly and remotely.100+ HD Channels, No CapEx: ADB's relationship with the major cable operators makes it easy and cost-effective to offer the latest on-demand and OTT services. For a small addition to the monthly FTG fee, hotels can offer hundreds of full HD channels, OTT, thousands of free video-on-demand titles, and a host of other guest services all with no CapEx required. No other provider can match the scope and selection of ADB's offering.PMS Interfaces: ADB has integration to 40+ PMS systems, including Oracle/Micros.Guest Service Interfaces: ADB has interfaces to a dozen-plus Guest Services Systems.Reliability & Service: ADB's implementation partners have service personnel across the country, so hotel service response times are quick. Additionally, because there is no head-end equipment and software resides in the cloud or in an ADB-partner central office, hotels can be monitored 24/7 and remotely maintained.OTT & Free VOD: ADB's OTT services enable guests to use their own streaming media accounts for access to the content they want to view most. ADB research shows that 85% of travelers have at least one streaming media account. The remaining 15% without a streaming account can watch free-VOD provided via the ADB solution.HSIA: In early 2017, ADB's service offering will be expanded to include HSIA capability, ensuring first-class coverage in every room."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 Business TV. "We answered with a solution that creates the best in-room experience for guests while offering a true service platform for hoteliers. We can't wait to show it off."ADB is the official Sponsor of the HITEC Opening Party at Generations Hall on Monday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. If you see an ADB staff member at the party, ask for a "Ticket" to see the next generation of iTV for the next generation of traveler in Booth #134. The "Ticket" will enable attendees to pick up a special gift in the ADB Booth and enter to win an Apple iPad(r).To pre-schedule an appointment with ADB during the show, email info@adbglobal.com. For more information on ADB, visit www.adbglobal.com.
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ADB Commissions Neutral Independent Study to Reinvent the iTV Experience for Hoteliers and Guests

ADB SA 7 June 2016
In two weeks, the biggest interactive TV (iTV) solutions provider you've never met is coming to HITEC to unveil a new end-to-end, managed-services iTV solution that is "Connecting Lives and Connecting Worlds" in the cloud. To reinvent a next generation iTV platform for the next generation of travelers, ADB commissioned a neutral, independent study through The Prism Partnership in cooperation with the Consultancy at Pointer's Ridge to determine exactly what guests and hoteliers want in an in-room entertainment solution, specifically relating to the guestroom TV experience.Two thousand demographically-balanced hotel stayers representing stays at luxury, upscale, midscale and economy tiers were surveyed for this project. The survey tool was developed on a strong foundation of Hotel Industry Executive Interviews and Consumer Focus Groups, where participants were asked in-depth questions about how they use the hotel in-room TV today, and what they want or foresee in the future of hotel in-room entertainment solutions. Respondents were then asked to rate the appeal of current programming and services and propose new in-room entertainment features. "The findings from this study were very enlightening," said Chris Dinallo, ADB's SVP Business TV. "We will present the results to qualified attendees at HITEC and also make them widely available after the show. "Participants eagerly identified which features are important to their in-room viewing experience," he said. "Specifically, we wanted to learn how closely the hotel TV experience should mirror what guests have at home; whether they prefer to view content on their personal mobile devices (BYOD) vs. the guestroom TV; how guests prefer to watch BYOD (do they connect to the TV and how); the likelihood of guests downloading a hotel app; and, what they expect to find in the guestroom of tomorrow." Here is a sneak peek at what hoteliers said they want in an iTV platform: A robust and stable PMS Interface An "at-home" experience enabling guests to log on to their streaming accounts and own devices An eco-system of vendors enabling guests to get what they want Searchable IPG and Over The Top (OTT) services like Screencasting No limits on what TVs can do Ability to upgrade IRE system every 2 to 3 years vs. the 5 to7 year norm Here's a sneak peek at what guests said they want from an iTV experience: Nearly 90% of hotel guests in the focus groups said they want an easy and intuitive user experience vs. needing to re-learn how to operate the hotel TV 82% of guests said Searchable IPG is important to their iTV Experience 62% of guests want a guestroom TV experience similar to what they have at home; 38% want an experience "Better Than" what they have at home with more channels, more choices, better picture via an intuitive and interactive platform A White Paper provided post HITEC will expand on these findings and look at the generational differences of viewpoint. "ADB commissioned an independent, sophisticated, multi-tiered research program design starting with executive interviews and qualitative focus groups to explore consumer and hotelier perceptions, then proceeding to survey more than 2,000 travelers for quantitative validation," said Elaine Hendricks, Partner and Director of Research at The Prism Partnership. "The data that is soon-to-be released represents statistically meaningful quantitative research." At HITEC, ADB will unveil its new iTV platform build with these specific hotelier and guest requirements in mind. Attendees looking for an in-room entertainment platform that is quick to install, simple to manage, easy to customize with branded features, and offers the lowest capital and operational expenditures of any competing solution, should meet with ADB in Booth #134. With its U.S. headquarters in Broomfield, Colo., ADB has installations in more than 80 countries, with over 100 million devices deployed.
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Something BIG is Coming to HITEC that is Connecting Lives and Connecting Worlds Through iTV; Meet ADB

ADB SA 31 May 2016
The biggest interactive TV (iTV) solutions provider you've never met is coming to HITEC. For two decades, this company has been quietly helping deliver award-winning television viewing experiences to hotels, homes, and businesses around the world. Its technology is installed in more than 200,000 U.S. guestrooms representing the industry's top brands. It's one of the fastest-growing hospitality iTV technology providers in the world, and the 2nd most deployed platform in the U.S. hotel market. Its name is ADB, and on June 21, the company will unveil a new end-to-end, managed-services iTV solution that is "Connecting Lives and Connecting Worlds" in the cloud."Successful in-room entertainment solutions for hospitality TV means providing high quality, easy to use, fast and reliable services that create the best in-room experience for guests while offering a true service platform for hoteliers," said Chris Dinallo, ADB's CTO North America and SVP Business TV. "At HITEC, we will introduce a new iTV platform that - unlike other providers who claim to be cloud-based - rarely requires hotel head-end equipment (servers, modulators, or convertors) and features minimal in-room devices. Hoteliers looking for an in-room entertainment platform that is quick to install, simple to manage, easy to customize with branded features, and offers the lowest capital and operational expenditures of any competing solution, should meet with ADB in Booth #134. Our robust solution will keep guests happy, engaged with their personal needs, spending money and coming back."Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, ADB has deployments in more than 80 countries, with over 100 million devices deployed. R&D sites are located in Europe (Italy and Poland), the U.S. (Colorado) and Asia (Taiwan).Be Our Guest at the HITEC Opening Night Party!Never heard of ADB? Well that's about to change! Join us as we sponsor the Opening Party at Generations Hall on Monday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. If you see an ADB staff member at the party, ask for a "Ticket" to see the next generation of iTV for the next generation of traveller in Booth #134. Be sure to pick up your special gift while you are there. To pre-schedule an appointment with ADB during the show, emailinfo@adbglobal.com. For more information on ADB, visit www.abdglobal.com.About ADBADB is Connecting Lives and Connecting Worlds with innovative software, systems and managed services for personal TV, business TV, broadband and industrial IoT. We understand how multimedia convergence is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost effective connectivity and services.Our Connected Solutions bring together our proven expertise and 20 years of award-winning industry firsts, enabling our customer's to build successful businesses, harness greater efficiencies and deliver the connected experiences consumers crave. We know what success looks like because we are empowering some of the world's leading content distributors, pay-TV service providers, broadband operators and appliance manufacturers, including: A1 Telekom Austria, Border States Electronic, Brighthouse Networks, Canal Digital, Charter Communications, Cox, Graybar, NC+, Swisscom, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telenet, Time Warner Cable, Vodafone and Whirlpool. ADB has a passionate and dedicated team of more than 600 people, including a 350 strong engineering team. The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

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