Spend enough time in hotels and you’ll wind up either deeply disappointed by the prices and limitation of entertainment options made available, or you’ll have discovered the wonders of compact steaming devices like a Roku or Chromecast that travel easy, and open up a wide variety of shows, movies and games. Even as a limited traveler I can’t imagine relying on the scarce options afforded by a Holiday Inn since the Chromecast has found its way into my life. And lucky for me, in the near future, if I forget to toss one into my bag amidst a panic-filled, last minute packing session, the hotel I wind up in may have one already attached to their TVs.
SONIFI Solutions, Inc. has announced it’s SoniCast device, which is just essentially their version of Google’s extremely popular Chromecast. You may have never heard of SONIFY but they are responsible for bringing content, connectivity, and broadband to about 1.4 million hotel rooms in the US in addition to numerous healthcare facilities. Realizing the potential of streaming devices, the California based company has decided that including the technology to its partners would wold provide a great service to guests while also being a cheaper alternative to bulky cable boxes and content deals.
Going with a Chromecast based system vs alternatives also makes the most sense. They are cheaper and arguably more capable than Roku sticks and the Apple TV competitors. This inclusion also extends the hotel TV beyond movies and TV shows with the ability to mirror screens and cast practically any browser tab to it.
“Our hospitality clients were loud and clear – they need to provide an all-encompassing home away from home experience for their guests. SONIFI continues to develop and deliver innovative solutions to the hospitality market. With the launch of SoniCast and our collaboration with Google, we achieve not only scale but continued innovation for our hotel partners and their guests.” –Ahmad Ouri, CEO of SONIFI® Solutions
As great as all this sounds, the initial launch is a minuscule one with SONIFI, for now, only announcing the Boston Park Plaza hotel at first. The soft-launch will undoubtedly serve as a test of the hotel Wi-Fi load to make sure it can keep with the likely increase in wireless traffic before a nationwide expansion. So for now keep packing those streamers along for your trips.