ADB's vuTyme allows personal streaming to hotel TV's
The add on to ADB's vuTyme TV solution for hotels will be unveiled at the Hotel Technology Next Generation Conference in Barcelona this month
ADB has extended the capability of its vuTyme hotel iTV solution to allow hotel guests to stream content directly from their mobile devices. The new solution, vuCaster, 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.
The launch follows the European debut of the vuTyme in-room TV platform at the IBC show in Amsterdam last month, after its initial launch at HITEC hospitality technology show, in New Orleans in June. The vuCaster addition will be announced at the Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) Conference in Barcelona on October 25-27.
vuTyme delivers a set of in-room services, including live TV, video on demand, pay-per-view, concierge, digital signage and targeted advertisements. It operates in the cloud, requiring no hotel head-end equipment.
To use smartphones, tablets, portable computers and other mobile devices to mirror application content to the in-room TV, a hotel guest can use 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. vuCaster permits guests to switch between vuCaster and other vuTyme TV features, provides activation without requiring guests to enter their OTT account credentials into a foreign device and allows streaming from the hotel’s WiFi network.
vuCaster is powered by Google Cast. It is available on all new vuTyme deployments and can be retrofitted to existing installations.
Chris Dinallo, ADB’s SVP of business TV said: “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.”