Hotelevision launched on February 15, 2000 and offers a programming package of 10 cable television networks to upscale hotel guests. Channels carried by Hotelevision include A&E Biography, Bloomberg Information Television, CNBC, Fox News Channel, Golf Network, MSNBC and the Weather Channel. Through exclusive arrangements with participating cable television networks and hotels, Hotelevision will narrowcast special cable network hotel feeds, containing advertisements targeted to the business traveler, to its growing national base of upscale and luxury hotels.
Hotelevision has contractually secured nearly 100,000 hotel rooms required for product launch, and has signed agreements with Omni Hotels, Wyndham International, and Winegardner & Hammons, Inc. Hotelevision is targeting the top 1.1 million or 30% of domestic hotel rooms. By year-end 2003, Hotelevision plans to serve more than 2,000 properties representing over 700,000 upscale rooms.
Hotelevision transmits a multiplex of 10 cable networks in MCPC format to GE Americom Ku-Band satellite GE4, Transponder 18, utilizing Scientific-Atlanta Power Vu Plus compression equipment.