Global partnership between PPDS – the brand behind Philips professional displays – and IHG® Hotels & Resorts – one of the world’s leading hotel groups with almost one million guest rooms – will bring Philips MediaSuite TVs, designed especially for the hospitality industry, into IHG hotels for the first time.
December 2022: PPDS, the exclusive global provider of Philips professional displays, is delighted to announce a brand new global partnership with IHG Hotels & Resorts, introducing its advanced new Chromecast™ built-in Philips MediaSuite hospitality TVs to deliver IHG’s next generation in-room entertainment solution.
IHG – one of the world’s leading hospitality groups with more than 6,000 properties across 100 countries – will begin introducing Philips MediaSuite TVs into selected hotels across all of its brands, including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Holiday Inn brand family, Crowne Plaza, voco and Hotel Indigo, in the coming months. PPDS is one of the global technology partners approved to serve IHG’s complete portfolio of hotels, accounting for almost one million guest rooms globally, and with a further 1,800 new properties currently in the development pipeline.
Mikael da Fonseca, International Key Account Director for Hospitality at PPDS commented: “This is an exciting and significant deal for PPDS and IHG, as we align ourselves in our efforts to create and bring world leading services and experiences to hotel guests.
“Our recent 2022 Guest Behaviour Survey revealed that hotels have a 25% higher chance of repeat business from a guest, if their hotel rooms are equipped to offer simple and seamless casting services, plus the ability to stream content from their favorite accounts, such as Netflix. Philips MediaSuite is the first and only hospitality TV with built-in Chromecast™ and is able to mirror the same viewing experiences enjoyed at home to the hotel. We are looking forward to bringing these and many other great benefits to IHG guests.”
Transforming hotel rooms into connected media suites
First launched in 2019, Philips MediaSuite revolutionized hospitality TVs, combining best-in-class 4K UHD picture quality with a series of world-first innovations and solutions to bring once unimaginable levels of entertainment choice (both linear and non-linear), personalization and control to guests and hoteliers.
As a part of this new global partnership, Philips MediaSuite TVs, available across multiple sizes from 49”-75”, will be available for hotels to purchase.
What’s more, with Philips MediaSuite remaining the only dedicated hospitality TVs to feature Chromecast built-in™, guests staying at selected IHG hotels will be able to wirelessly cast their streaming content, including movies, gaming, presentations and more, straight to the big screen for higher resolution viewing, from their own smart devices at the touch of a button. Part of a long-term commitment to featuring Chromecast, extensive security protocols have also been built-in, with all guest data deleted upon a guest successfully checking out of their room.
Philips MediaSuite TVs are also designed Netflix® ready, enabling hoteliers to integrate the service directly onto the hotel room TV, giving guests instant access to the movies and shows on their own account, with no costly external players or peripherals required.
Peter Palli, SVP, Property, Owner, and Stay Experience Products & Platforms at IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “In-room entertainment is an important part of the guest experience, and it’s crucial that we have an innovative platform that allows guests to further personalize their stay and interact with IHG in new ways.
“PPDS is a great partner to help us take the next step in strengthening our in-room entertainment experience in IHG hotels and resorts around the world. This partnership will allow us to provide enhanced guest experiences, while also increasing the value proposition for our hotels with the integration of the Chromecast functionality into the TV.”
Mikael da Fonseca further commented: “We are proud and honoured to have become an official global partner with IHG® Hotels & Resorts, supporting their ambitions to bring world-leading entertainment services to guests. We look forward to seeing the advantages of our Philips MediaSuite TVs creating unforgettable experiences for IHG guests as the solution is rolled out around the world.”
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