We, at Hotel TV Company, know 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 glossary 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.

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This refers to the use of shared computing resources online 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.

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
  • distributing cable television signals

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

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

Hotel Mode is a hidden menu available on hotel TVs. It does not allow the guest to alter the settings of the TV once the Hotel administrator has enabled it.

With RF Distribution, you receive TV programs as broadcast signals from a rooftop antenna, satellite dish, or fibre-optic cable.

With IPTV, you get them streamed (downloaded and played almost simultaneously) through your Internet connection. A broadband line with about 10 times higher bandwidth.

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

Screen mirroring  allows you to mirror your mobile device’s content to your TV screen. In other words, with screen mirroring, everything you see on your mobile device is shown on the TV. Any action you take on the device is shown on the TV, whether you are viewing emails, photos, videos etc.

A property management system (PMS) is a software used to coordinate the operational functions of front office, sales and planning. It automates hotel functions like bookings, guest details, reservations, point of sale, telephone, accounts receivable and food & beverage costing.

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

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

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.

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.