Smart TVs in Hotels: A Future Reality?

3-D TVs did not make a big hit last year. Manufacturers are turning their hopes to smart TVs. As reported by Evan Ramstad at The Wall Street Journal, TV makers predict that “Smart TV” is the trend. At least, they are attempting to make TVs as “smart” as tablet PCs or smart phones. Smart TVs will also be able to navigate and use a variety of applications that are similar to those of tablet PCs and smart phones. Last year, 210 million TV sets were sold, among which 21% had an Internet connection. By 2014, more than 50% of the TV sets sold will have Internet connections. A while ago, Google also introduced a Google TV. It may seem that consumers may soon touch a real “Smart TV.”

Many hotels have already allowed guests to check-out or make orders with the TV sets in guestrooms. Some of them also start using iPads and smart phones in guest services and/or operations. Will smart TVs become the next hit for the hospitality industry?


References:
Ramstad, E. (January 4, 2010). TV makers turn their hopes to apps. The Wall Street Journal, pp. B1 & B2. (http://on.wsj.com/e0rlXI)
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