Glossary

We, at Hotel TV Company, understand that you may not always understand the technical terminology that suppliers use. We also know that understanding what your hotel truly needs is of great importance for hoteliers. Therefore, we have devised a list of keywords that will help you understand what you need better. In other words, if you would like to enhance your technical knowledge, please refer to the information list below.

In addition, If you believe that we have missed something out or you require further help, you can contact us on 0844 870 7897 or email us on sales@hoteltvcompany.co.uk.

Coax

Coaxial cable is used as a transmission line for radio frequency signals. Its applications include feed lines connecting radio transmitters and receivers with their antennas, computer network (Internet) connections, digital audio, and distributing cable television signals.

Ethernet over Coax

Ethernet over Coax (EoC) is a technology that supports the transmission of Ethernet frames over coaxial cable.

Headend

A control centre in a cable television system where various signals are brought together and monitored before being introduced into the cable network.

IPTV

From a TV watcher’s point of view, IPTV is very simple: instead of receiving TV programs as broadcast signals that enter your home from a rooftop antenna, satellite dish, or fibre-optic cable, you get them streamed (downloaded and played almost simultaneously) through your Internet connection. Not the kind of connection you have today, which can probably handle only 1–10 Mbps (million bits per second—roughly the amount of information in an average novel entering your computer every second!), but a broadband line with about 10 times higher bandwidth.

Mirroring

Screen mirroring (sometimes called screen casting) allows you to mirror your mobile device’s content to your TV screen.

PMS

In the hospitality industry a property management system also known as a PMS is a software application used to cover some basic objectives such as coordinating the operational functions of front office, sales and planning etc. Automate hotel functions like guest bookings, guest details, online reservations, point of sale, telephone, accounts receivable and food and beverage costing.

PayTV

Television broadcasting in which viewers pay by subscription to watch a particular channel.

Set top box

A box-shaped device that converts a digital television signal to analogue for viewing on a conventional set, or that enables cable or satellite television to be viewed.

Streaming

Streaming media is multimedia that is constantly received by and presented to an end-user while being delivered by a provider. It is an alternative process in which the end-user obtains the entire file for the content before watching.

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is an app which can be downloaded onto a smart device allowing the users to stream movie online on demand.

Cloud based software

This refers to the use of shared computing resources owned by large third party infrastructure vendors such as google and Amazon, as opposed to using onsite servers and storage. In this model software applications and data are delivered to the endpoint technology (TV) via the internet.

Foreign language channels

Do you have a lot of international guests? Why not advertise that your hotel offers a large range of foreign language channels, so wherever they visit from, they can feel at home in their hotel room?

Hotel Mode

Hotel Mode is a function available on hotel TVs, which does not allow the guest to alter the settings of the TV once the Hotel administrator has fixed it.

Miracast

Miracast is a standard for wireless connections from devices (such as laptops, tablets, or smartphones) to displays (such as TVs, monitors or projectors). It can roughly be described as “HDMI over WiFi”, replacing the cable from the device to the display.

Netflix

Netflix is an app which can be downloaded onto a smart device allowing the users to stream movie online on demand, or download the movies to their device.

Premium content

This refers to 3rd party content which is paid for either by the hotel, and offered free to guests, or directly by hotel guests.

VOD

Video on demand (VOD) are systems which allow users to select and watch/listen to video or audio content such as movies and TV shows when they choose to, rather than having to watch at a specific broadcast time.