Kiss the hotel room TV (and the porn) goodbye

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  1. sobore
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    sobore Gold Member

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    http://seattletimes.com/html/travel/2020897872_hoteltelevisionsxml.html

    More travelers are bringing their entertainment with them and LodgeNet, a hotel TV entertainment provider, has filed for bankruptcy. Some major hotel chains also have dropped sex-related TV programs.

    Len Markidan, a 26-year-old marketing consultant based in San Francisco, is the type of business traveler who forced LodgeNet, the hotel guest-room entertainment provider, to file recently for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

    Markidan, who spends 40 percent of his time traveling on business and is an elite participant in the Hilton and Hyatt loyalty programs, takes his MacBook Pro and iPad with him on the road and watches all television programs by streaming them on his laptop, using a portable router to extend the Wi-Fi signal in his hotel room.

    “For a lot of people my age and a lot of people in general, the way we consume entertainment at home is changing,” he said. “I no longer have a cable subscription — the way I watch entertainment at home is the same way I watch it on the road. I have a Hulu subscription, Amazon Prime and Netflix.”

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    I agree with this. When I travel I will watch the TV for local weather and for an odd sports event but most hotels have either HBO which is useless, remember when it meant Home Box Office? I take my ipad everywhere as it was issued to me by my employer as a laptop replacement. I also have a WiFi hotspot I use to steam internet as it is faster than the hotel WiFi once everyone checks in. We don't have cable at home. We use an HD antenna and stream Amazon and Netflix mostly. I wish Hulu had more content I like (Does anyone know where I can stream all the old TV shows like Fantasy Island, Love Boat, Baa Baa Blacksheep, etc. they seem hard to find).
    Oh and Lodgenet. I hate when I see that remote in the room. All it means is instead of 50 crappy cable channels with HBO. I get like 10 channels and PPV.
     
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    "... is an elite participant in the Hilton and Hyatt loyalty programs, takes his MacBook Pro and iPad with him on the road and watches all television programs by streaming them on his laptop, using a portable router to extend the Wi-Fi signal in his hotel room."

    This is pretty much me. I also carry a portable router, but don't most hotels have in room wifi these days?
    I download my movies and TV shows and only watch news channels on the TV.

    Only time I watch movies in room is if I'm staying in an IC cause it's free.
     

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