Technology changes at an alarming rate, and to be competitive in the hospitality industry you must stay on the bleeding edge. Such is the case with Los Amigos’ video distribution system. During the original deployment of an “easily controlled” video distribution in the Los Amigos Sports Bar, GeckoTech used CATV cabling infrastructure and Composite video injectors to send the multitude of “on demand content servers” to any number of the sports bar’s TVs. This solution has served Los Amigos well for the past 6 years….. But all good things must come to an end. Or must they? Can’t we simply make a good thing better? In this case yes. Los Amigos upped its Cable Tica subscription to use High Definition Set Top boxes. This allows a better experience for the customer on “fight night”. However the HD Set Top boxes posed an integration issue as compared to the legacy video distribution technology. No worries. GeckoTech to the rescue. GeckoTech engineered a hybrid solution that allowed limited distribution of high def content without disrupting the distribution of legacy content/services.
The problem is as old as time itself. Countless TVs, countless sources of content, countless remotes. And no one who knows how to operate them all!! That is why Tim Odom, owner of Hotel Poseidon, decided to call in the “big guns” to help unify his control points for the 7 TVs he recently installed in his Sky Lounge Sports Bar. Step in GeckoTech. We designed a system that used commercial off the shelf components to redistribute HD video over CAT5 cables to each of the TVs. The key components were a video switcher and a URC KP900. These two components will allow the most naive wait staff to push any content to any TV in the SkyLounge or Poseidon Restaurant. Gone are the days of the 10PM calls to Tim’s house asking “how do I get ESPN2 on the TV4?”. Life only gets easier with GeckoTech
As the “Movies on Demand” market continues to gain momentum in Latin America, there are some fundamental issues that owners of Rental properties need to take into consideration before deciding to use a specific service (Netflix or BlockBuster for example) for their rental property(s):
1) Do you have sufficient bandwidth to stream the movie realtime standard definition? (High Definition content consume far more resources than are currently available on the Costa Rica network)
2) If you make your subscription available to renters, how do you preclude them from consuming “premium” services thus “running up” your monthly subscription costs?
If you have more questions about how to successfully leverage “digital streaming content” in your rental property please feel free to contact one of GeckoTech’s sales engineers.