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Locatel and Philips Eclipse breakthrough brings interactive TV to wider hospitality market

Andrew Brister 8 February 2012
Locatel and Philips Eclipse breakthrough brings interactive TV to wider hospitality market

Locatel Eclipse MiRa on Philips MediaSuite TVs means revenue-driving, high quality services at reduced costs. Multimedia solutions specialist Locatel has launched an innovative new portal ‘Eclipse MiRa’, bundled with Philips MediaSuite TVs. The turnkey solution specifically addresses the needs of 3 and 4 star hoteliers to offer high quality, revenue-driving interactive services, without the need for major investments in equipment, networks or running costs. The hospitality sector faces growing expectations from clients in terms of the quality of service and choice that they expect from their in-room entertainment systems. However, to provide a range of interactive information and entertainment services, hotels were previously obliged to make onerous investments to upgrade their internal cabling systems and install set top boxes in every room. With support from Philips, Locatel’s research and development team has developed a multimedia infotainment solution based on the open standard HbbTV (Hybrid broadcast broadband TV) for connected TVs. Using the Eclipse MiRa portal, hoteliers can provide online interactivity and appealing entertainment services using their existing coaxial cable or wireless local area network. Features of the new portal include news and informations feeds, customised language interfaces and messaging, a wide range of TV and radio channels and on demand blockbuster films. Hotels can further tailor onscreen content and drive revenues by adding targeted in-house promotional offers and advertising, via an easy-to-use interface. Furthermore, the Eclipse MiRA – Philips MediaSuite solution means that set top boxes are a thing of the past. Installation is fast, easy and cost efficient. 

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