iBAHN to build IPTV system at Omni Nashville Hotel

Country music fans and others gathered within the Omni Nashville Hotel will get more than a steady dose of foot-stompin' music during their visits: they'll get 44 channels of high def television (no doubt including The Nashville Network) when they return to their rooms, thanks to a deal between iBAHN and the 800-room property.

The Nashville property will be the second site, following Omni's flagship Dallas location, where iBAHN has been contracted to install IPTV and other IP-based video entertainment capabilities in guest rooms and other locations such as the fitness room. The 80,000-square-foot hotel, scheduled to open in fall 2013, is adjacent to and integrated with the Music City Center and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

According to an iBAHN press release, guests will have access to 44 high def channels via in-room televisions and a 16-channel line up in the fitness center. They'll also have the opportunity to download iBahn's hotel app as well as integrate the system with their smartphones and tablets. The hotel, meanwhile, will be able to deliver branded messages across a variety of IP-based media.

"The iBAHN solution turns our guest room TVs into smart TVs with a reliable, stable solution that allows our guests to watch traditional TV or view their own Internet content on the largest screen in the room," Tod Roadarmel, director of sales and marketing for the hotel said in the press release.

The deployment is another indication that IPTV and hospitality are synergistic, said Roger Crellin, president of the Americas for iBAHN.

"The continued adoption of our industry-leading IPTV offerings in top tier hotels throughout America demonstrates that they exceed guest expectations for in-room entertainment and provide extended branding and increased revenue opportunities for hotel customers," he said.

Because the hotel is still in the process of being completed, the system can tap into the most up-to-date telecommunications infrastructure, including Cat6 cabling to enable a pure IP backbone.

For more:
- see this press release

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