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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by RAD, Jun 20, 2011.
Ok, please discuss the topic, not each other.
Getting back to the H-25 set-top solution, has anyone actually seen the receiver in the room showing HD programming from HBO or ESPN?
They have said all along that the HD signal had to be scrambled(with pro-idiom) ALL the way INTO the TV, precluding the use of a set-top box that is connected with an HDMI cable to the TV. If we are allowed to use the H-24/25 that would be a breakthrough, and an apparent relaxation of the DRM(Digital Rights Management) regiem stranglehold on the Lodging industry.
Are you sure about precluding an STB? I thought the requirement was that they couldn't just modulate the HD signal into QAM or ATSC on the cable, not that they couldn't use a regular STB in the room.
Yeah, I would think the HDCP included in HDMI would be good enough to satisfy any concerns about stealing programming, it has for the most part in the consumer market.
I think they just didn't want hotels doing clear QAM or ATSC distribution because then a person could theoretically hook up a PC or some sort of DVR and record all kinds of HD programming.
That's why I edited my post, I wasn't thinking about the fact it would have to provide video out. I do think they could get a bit smaller than the H25 though, because they will not have to have any of the tuner circuitry, SWM circuitry, etc.
I agree, places that recently bought new HDTVs that couldn't be made compatible would be upset. But they could probably get away with adding thin clients to the back of the TVs and just house them in a metal box with security screws etc (like they used to do in the old days). For hotels that haven't bought them yet, or ones that have TVs that could possibly be updated to include RVU compatibility through software wouldn't be a big deal.
STBs in the room has ALWAYS been allowed. It's just that hotels hate having them in there. Customers change the inputs, disconnect the receivers, steal the access cards, sometimes steal the whole receiver, etc. It creates a lot more support issues than a cable plugged directly into the TV.
But, with H25s, or something of similar size, they can be hidden easily and well enough that most customers won't mess with them, and a new remote with fewer options (no AV1 or AV2, for example) will be less confusing for hotel guests. Hopefully they'll be RF remotes, so that the receivers can be completely hidden and not have LOS issues that IR remotes create.
One of the things I fear most when traveling is a germ laden remote for the TV. I will be sure to look when booking a room to ensure I have a sterile remote. I will rest easier now.
As I travel alot I'm looking forward to more HD in hotels. But I know the economics for the typical franchise hotel owner, are difficult.
Most of the typical places like H.I. Express, Courtyard, Embassy suites, this and that suites are franchised and unless the franchise agreement specs the tv's (like Marriot does with the beds), the franchisee won't dig too deep to upgrade.
But the company owned JW Marriots, Hiltons, Hyatts should do this. Just wish my company would let me stay there.
Thanks for the confirmation, I was pretty sure that was the case.
Really? Stolen? It's not like they dont know who rented the room. Crap. I've stayed in hotels that "sell" robes by just telling you to take it and you will be charged.
All a thief needs to do is put it in their suitcase, and then call the front desk complaining the TV doesn't work. Then the last guy gets blamed for it.
I kinda like that remote. Very simple.
Come on. That's stupid.
Not if they have the maid check the room after the previous renter checks out.
And the new person can just say it wasn't there when they checked in, the maid took it. Guess they could set up some type of anti theft system, if the STB has an IP address guess they could have a central PC ping all of them and if one doesn't respond go check to see why it stopped answering.
Even if they did take it, what good would it be to anyone. The hotel/motel notifies DIRECTV of the RID and it's flagged in their system as a stolen STB and to call police and not activate.
Anyone who would steal an IRD out of a hotel room isn't going to be the brightest bulb in the box.
Sad to say but the world is full of those folks.
For a small set of hotels. If the room preparers are already checking for robes and towels, the refrigerator, bar, etc., turning on the TV to check for both equipment and settings would not be a biggie.
And, good luck getting it activated when the RID is reported stolen.
I think everyone is more worried about people stealing content in some way, not the stupid box.. Box could be tracked, content, not so much...