PPDS Partners With IHG Hotels To Debut Philips MediaSuite TVs in Guest Rooms

Published: December 13, 2022

PPDS announced a brand new partnership with IHG Hotels & Resorts. According to the company, it will bring its advanced Chromecast built-in Philips MediaSuite hospitality TVs to deliver IHG’s next-generation in-room entertainment solution. PPDS, of course, is the exclusive global provider of Philips digital signage, interactive displays, direct-view LED, and professional TV products and solutions.

Per a statement, this partnership aligns the two companies’ ambitions to deliver advanced, highly innovative and unparalleled guest experiences. IHG – one of the world’s leading hospitality groups with more than 6,000 properties across 100 countries – will introduce Philips MediaSuite TVs into selected hotels across all of its brands. This includes the 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. In fact, it accounts for almost one million guest rooms globally; and has a further 1,800 new properties currently in the development pipeline.

Transforming Hotel Rooms

First launched in 2019, PPDS notes that its MediaSuite revolutionized hospitality TVs. Here, it combined 4K UHD picture quality with a series of world-first innovations and solutions. With this, it brought incredible 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-inches to 75-inches, will be available for hotels to purchase. What’s more, with Philips MediaSuite remaining the only dedicated hospitality TVs to feature built-in Chromecast, guests staying at selected IHG hotels will be able to wirelessly cast their streaming content.

This content includes movies, gaming, presentations, etc., straight to the big screen for higher-resolution viewing. All of this is possible from guests’ own smart devices at the touch of a button. Additionally, as part of a long-term commitment to featuring Chromecast, it has extensive built-in security protocols. Here, all guest data will be deleted upon a guest successfully checking out of their room.

Philips MediaSuite TVs are also Netflix ready, says PPDS. As a result, it enables hoteliers to integrate the service directly onto the hotel room TV. This then gives guests instant access to the movies and shows on their own account. Moreover, there is no costly external players or peripherals required.

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Enhancing the In-Room Entertainment Experience

Peter Palli, SVP, property, owner and stay experience products & platforms at IHG Hotels & Resorts, remarks on the partnership. He notes, “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.”

He adds that PPDS is a great partner to help take the next step in strengthening the 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,” Palli says.

Mikael da Fonseca, international key account director for hospitality at PPDS, also comments, “We are proud and honored to have become an official global partner with IHG Hotels & Resorts, supporting their ambitions to bring world-leading entertainment services to guests.”

He adds, “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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