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Time Warner Cable Business Class rings up another hotel deal

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 8:35am
Mike Robuck

Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC), a division of Time Warner Cable, has partnered with IPTV vendor iBahn to deliver Internet access and video services to New York City hotel Dream Downtown.

The service features full-screen HD access to the Web, in-room entertainment and more than 60 available HD television channels, provided over fiber by TWCBC's new HD Video for Hospitality offering.

"We are dedicated to delivering innovative hotel entertainment and information solutions, allowing our hotel clientele to provide the very latest technology to their guests and increase revenue through in-room touch points," said Roger Crellin, iBahn's president of the Americas. "By working with Time Warner Cable Business Class, we are able to deliver what travelers demand by offering a reliable Internet connection, more HD channels than competing providers, and the ability for guests to access the Internet over the TV without having to connect their laptop. These innovations empower our hotel clients to differentiate themselves among discerning travelers."

According to a story yesterday on Lightreading.com, Time Warner Cable is delivering the video signals over its fiber-based QAM infrastructure before iBahn converts them to multicast IP streams. From there, iBahn sends the signals to IPTV set-top boxes that run its middleware.

"Our HD Video for Hospitality package is an attractively priced solution offering extensive, popular HD video programming, which is critical to guest satisfaction," said Ken Fitzpatrick, president of the East Region for Time Warner Cable Business Class. "With our service on iBahn's ETVi platform, guests at Dream Downtown can enjoy a popular and wide selection of HD programming or surf the Web without having to open or bring a laptop. These added conveniences help make Dream Downtown even better positioned to attract more customers who expect the latest and best technology and entertainment."

TWCBC first offered its HD Video for Hospitality service in New York City through a partnership with LodgeNet. The service was also rolled out last year in upstate New York and New England, as well as in North Carolina and South Carolina.

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