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MacRumors
Mar 18, 2013, 02:24 PM
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The trendy Aloft Hotel (http://www.starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=3753) in Cupertino, which is located a mere two blocks from Apple's headquarters (https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=apple+1+infinite+loop&fb=1&gl=us&hq=apple+1+infinite+loop&cid=0,0,8557514115749774218&ei=RlxHU Z-wIpDZigLU04CQDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CLcBEPwSMAc), has installed (http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130318006159/en/Starwood-Hotels'-Sizzling-Aloft-Brand-Debuts-Silicon) an Apple TV in each of its 123 rooms. Using the Apple TVs, hotel patrons can access television shows and movies via iTunes, and use Netflix and Hulu in addition to the Apple TV's other apps.

AirPlay is available for playing videos and music, and according to Square International (http://www.square-i.net/Square_%5B_i_%5D_In-room_entertainment_on_Apple_TV_41.php), (via CNET (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57574898-37/new-hotel-near-apples-hq-sports-apple-tvs-in-rooms/)) the company that installed Aloft's Apple TV system, the hotel can use the set-top boxes to provide guests with important information and access to the front desk.The system can be customised to include your branding and images associated with the hotel. Additionally, you can integrate information about hotel services, including room service menus, the spa brochure, restaurant menus, shopping catalogues, local maps and city guides.

Our powerful, yet easy to use PC, Phone or Tablet management system allows Front Desk, Housekeeping or Engineering to use any web-enabled PC to enable / disable the system to act as an additional revenue stream, clear down all guest information with one click and even quickly and clearly see if a unit is offline.http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/05/appletv.jpgThe Apple TVs can be customized with iTunes accounts from any country and are wiped after each use to allow guests to access their private iTunes accounts.

Though the Apple TV is often referred to as Apple's "hobby" project because of its lack of popularity, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that more than two million (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/23/tim-cook-on-defending-marketshare-product-pipeline-chock-full-apple-tv-growth/) of the devices had been sold during Q1 2013, an increase of 60 percent year over year.

Cook also reiterated that the Apple TV was an area of intense interest for Apple, saying "I tend to believe that there is a lot we can contribute in this space and we continue to pull the string and see where it leads us."

The Apple TV recently received a stealth update (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/15/tweaked-apple-tv-offers-significant-but-nearly-invisible-power-savings-with-more-efficient-chip-designs/) that added a smaller A5 chip (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/10/tweaked-apple-tv-contains-die-shrunk-a5-chip-not-a5x/) to the device, but Apple is rumored to be working on a more substantial upgrade (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/11/15/u-s-cable-companies-reportedly-assessing-potential-infrastructure-impact-of-imminent-apple-tv-product/) that could range anywhere from improved content and the inclusion of third party apps (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/15/apples-new-tv-effort-may-kick-off-this-fall-with-focus-on-third-party-apps/) to a full blown Apple-branded television set (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/06/11/apple-television-set-to-include-motion-sensing-control-and-touchscreen-remote/).

Article Link: Cupertino Hotel Adds Apple TVs to Guest Rooms (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/18/cupertino-hotel-adds-apple-tvs-to-guest-rooms/)



Peace
Mar 18, 2013, 02:25 PM
Man I hope their WiFi doesn't suck as bad as some places I've been.

RetepNamenots
Mar 18, 2013, 02:30 PM
So how much is MR being paid by this hotel?

sulpfiction
Mar 18, 2013, 02:35 PM
Apple TV's in every room, and wifi slower then edge.

bijanorama
Mar 18, 2013, 02:42 PM
My family is definitely ready for apple to shake up the cable tv market. We pay way too much for the 5 or so channels we watch. And no one likes using comcast hardware or services.

irDigital0l
Mar 18, 2013, 02:42 PM
Where's iOS 7?

tranceme
Mar 18, 2013, 02:43 PM
Man I hope their WiFi doesn't suck as bad as some places I've been.

Probably using ethernet cables. But, still, total bandwidth would have to be good for everyone to be happy. I mean, tons of people have Netflix accounts. I rarely can do Netflix via a hotel network.

flash84x
Mar 18, 2013, 02:46 PM
Where's iOS 7?

What? Try in June during the WWDC Keynote.

hundleton1
Mar 18, 2013, 02:49 PM
How can they show custom stuff with no web browser on the ATV ?

moderngamenewb
Mar 18, 2013, 02:53 PM
How can they show custom stuff with no web browser on the ATV ?

My guess would be hotel advertisements. Possibly by turning on the apple tv, ads will load before the main apple tv menu. That's my guess

JasonElise1983
Mar 18, 2013, 02:58 PM
My guess would be hotel advertisements. Possibly by turning on the apple tv, ads will load before the main apple tv menu. That's my guess

Sure... makes sense. But how do you go about customizing an tv? No 3rd part apps, no way into it... nothing. Curious to know if they worked with apple on development for it as maybe a test run.

-je

aristotle
Mar 18, 2013, 03:06 PM
Sure... makes sense. But how do you go about customizing an tv? No 3rd part apps, no way into it... nothing. Curious to know if they worked with apple on development for it as maybe a test run.

-je
Jailbreak. Once that has been done, you can install other components. They probably offer other components to the hotels to customize them.

Kilamite
Mar 18, 2013, 03:25 PM
Jailbreak. Once that has been done, you can install other components. They probably offer other components to the hotels to customize them.

1080p one hasn't been jailbroken yet?

Zaqfalcon
Mar 18, 2013, 03:26 PM
I've wondered before why hotels don't get Apple TVs.

The Apple TV is still the Apple product that I've gained most use out of and pleasure from owning. It is great, I sell its virtues to anyone who'll listen. I just wish Apple would open it up for developers to create apps.

Avatarshark
Mar 18, 2013, 04:05 PM
Probably that hotel host many visitors who is visiting Apple headquarters. Sometimes companies put important people in hotel rooms when they visit.

CodexMonkey
Mar 18, 2013, 04:07 PM
I stayed in a hotel in Colchester the other week which had an iMac in every room. It had custom software for viewing your bill etc. as well as the facility to use the iMac itself (anything you put on the hard disk is deleted when the machine restarts!), watch DVDs, check messages received via the hotel etc. and utilized the Apple Remote for navigation of the custom interface.

I spent some evenings just watching movies I'd taken along on my pocket drive so it was a better screen from a distance than using my rMBP.

More hotels should do this, as it's the main reason I chose to stay there (Yes, I really am that sad!)

JM-Prod
Mar 18, 2013, 04:18 PM
Gosh, that user interface is ugly...

Attonine
Mar 18, 2013, 06:29 PM
I stayed in a hotel in Colchester the other week which had an iMac in every room. It had custom software for viewing your bill etc. as well as the facility to use the iMac itself (anything you put on the hard disk is deleted when the machine restarts!), watch DVDs, check messages received via the hotel etc. and utilized the Apple Remote for navigation of the custom interface.

I spent some evenings just watching movies I'd taken along on my pocket drive so it was a better screen from a distance than using my rMBP.

More hotels should do this, as it's the main reason I chose to stay there (Yes, I really am that sad!)


I stayed in a hotel like this in Bristol. I think it's a chain in several cities throughout England. The bespoke software is pretty neat.

gnurf
Mar 18, 2013, 07:32 PM
Gosh, that user interface is ugly...

You should try it. The interface makes sense for a device with a five-button remote. Best Netflix browser I've found on any device, too.

Bubba Satori
Mar 18, 2013, 07:48 PM
iTowels?

JM-Prod
Mar 18, 2013, 08:33 PM
You should try it. The interface makes sense for a device with a five-button remote. Best Netflix browser I've found on any device, too.

Could be, but compared to the elegance of the PS3 interface, the look of this Apple UI is truly horrible... where did the taste go?

charlituna
Mar 18, 2013, 10:00 PM
How can they show custom stuff with no web browser on the ATV ?

Jailbreak it and add whatever they want

hirshnoc
Mar 18, 2013, 10:05 PM
Why is this on the Mac Blog? Apple TV is an iOS device.

aristotle
Mar 18, 2013, 11:31 PM
Could be, but compared to the elegance of the PS3 interface, the look of this Apple UI is truly horrible... where did the taste go?
Are you talking about the Netflix UI on the PS3? I happen to have Netflix on both my Apple TV 3rd gen and my PS3. I hate the UI for netflix on the PS3.

etarip
Mar 19, 2013, 12:11 AM
http://www.square-i.net/Square_[_i_]_In-room_entertainment_on_Apple_TV_41.php

System is a jailbroken ATV 720p version 2

I am not sure how Apple lets this happen at this hotel on their doorstep. They have done a good job with the network management to keep users from seeing or accessing neighboring rooms ATV.

Mike MA
Mar 19, 2013, 02:34 AM
I hope Apple solved the Airplay issues for them, else it won't be any good advertising. Mine are not fixed using 10.8.3.

JM-Prod
Mar 19, 2013, 03:55 AM
Are you talking about the Netflix UI on the PS3? I happen to have Netflix on both my Apple TV 3rd gen and my PS3. I hate the UI for netflix on the PS3.

No, I'm talking about the horrible look of the Apple TV interface, i.e. compared to the elegant look of the PS3 interface.

JasperJanssen
Mar 19, 2013, 10:14 AM
http://www.square-i.net/Square_[_i_]_In-room_entertainment_on_Apple_TV_41.php

System is a jailbroken ATV 720p version 2

I am not sure how Apple lets this happen at this hotel on their doorstep. They have done a good job with the network management to keep users from seeing or accessing neighboring rooms ATV.

Somehow I doubt they're supporting and installing new systems with hundreds of jailbroken ATV2s. Unless these guys invested 100 grand in ATV2s back when and just have 1000 in stock, but if so you're still going to run out actually pretty quickly...

aristotle
Mar 19, 2013, 10:56 AM
No, I'm talking about the horrible look of the Apple TV interface, i.e. compared to the elegant look of the PS3 interface.
Your stating your opinion as if it was fact without giving any specifics. I don't have a problem with people having different tastes. What I do have a problem with is when people state their opinions/preferences as if they were "facts" agreed upon by the majority without giving any specific reasons or criteria.

I happen to like the UI of the AppleTV as it has continued to evolve over time. The Sony XMedia bar interface, however, has not changed much over the years. It is a set of icon menus with with hierarchical submenus items. I find it frustrating to use at times.

Contrast that with the current AppleTV UI, each program is represented by an Icon and all settings are under the "Settings" icon. There is no hierarchical menus cluttering up the screen. Once inside the Settings section, you navigate into another submenu as another "screen" which can be easily backed out of.

If we compare the configuration screens for networks, for example between the Sony Playstation and the Apple TV, the sony version is really frustrating to use if you want to customize an existing network connection for DNS settings. With the Apple TV, you select the connection and then you can chose among the different settings of the connection from that screen. To change the DNS on a connection on the PS3, you have to select the connection and then go through the setup wizard again for that connection in order to switch from a dynamic DNS to a static (manual) address.

I'd like to see a detailed explanation from you or alternatively, stop stating your "opinion" as if it were fact. Did you notice that nowhere did I directly state that the PS3 was "horrible"? I stated my feelings about different aspects of it with specific examples. You can say that you "don't like it" or "I think it sucks" or "I think it is horrible" all day long but if you say "it is horrible" then you are making a statement as if it were fact without providing any reasoning behind it.

coolspot18
Mar 19, 2013, 01:02 PM
http://www.square-i.net/Square_[_i_]_In-room_entertainment_on_Apple_TV_41.php

System is a jailbroken ATV 720p version 2

I am not sure how Apple lets this happen at this hotel on their doorstep. They have done a good job with the network management to keep users from seeing or accessing neighboring rooms ATV.

ATV 2 is getting rare, good luck getting replacements!

PBUser167
Mar 19, 2013, 01:54 PM
Sure... makes sense. But how do you go about customizing an tv? No 3rd part apps, no way into it... nothing. Curious to know if they worked with apple on development for it as maybe a test run.

-je

You download the Apple Configurator from the Mac App Store. This is the same tool you use to customize and lock-down the iDevices. I have to use this app to put my AppleTV on the wifi network at work because we use WPA2. There are quite a few other options available to you as well. You just connect the devices via USB and can put the profiles on there. For iDevices it allows things like disabling the home button, locking to a single app, etc. A nice tool for sure.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-configurator/id434433123?mt=12

JM-Prod
Mar 19, 2013, 09:54 PM
I happen to like the UI of the AppleTV as it has continued to evolve over time. The Sony XMedia bar interface, however, has not changed much over the years. It is a set of icon menus with with hierarchical submenus items. I find it frustrating to use at times.

Could be it's functional, but it still looks like ****. It's about just as elegant as the OS X 10.8 calendar.

JasperJanssen
Mar 19, 2013, 10:02 PM
You download the Apple Configurator from the Mac App Store. This is the same tool you use to customize and lock-down the iDevices. I have to use this app to put my AppleTV on the wifi network at work because we use WPA2. There are quite a few other options available to you as well. You just connect the devices via USB and can put the profiles on there. For iDevices it allows things like disabling the home button, locking to a single app, etc. A nice tool for sure.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-configurator/id434433123?mt=12

You can do a lot of things with that tool, but I don't think putting Apps on ATV is one?

Joe-Diver
Mar 20, 2013, 09:44 AM
I wonder how many little silver remotes will get "lost"........

iJon
Mar 20, 2013, 11:09 AM
I've been to a hotel that uses this service. The Talbot in Chicago has Mac Mini's in every room, pretty slick.

It had its flaws but overall I thought it was pretty cool. The AppleTV solution certainly makes more sense and is cheaper.

PhilMcCracken
Mar 20, 2013, 11:30 AM
OK, so go check into the hotel and to use the Apple TV we have to log in with our iTunes account right? How is this reset every time? Are these reset remotely or something? Is this an additional duty of the chamber maid?

PBUser167
Apr 3, 2013, 02:40 AM
You can do a lot of things with that tool, but I don't think putting Apps on ATV is one?

Interesting enough is that it will put them on there, but they do not show up in the UI. I had not clicked through to the other site so didn't see that they had customized the text menu. It shows the old text menus which are now gone in favor of the app icons. I'm wondering if there is an undocumented policy class for the customization.

stefvaughn
Apr 8, 2013, 04:17 AM
This is a brilliant idea, hotels need to add things that make us feel like its our home away from home! And adding an Apple TV to my room would do just that.

Evelynds
Apr 15, 2013, 10:26 AM
Image (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/18/cupertino-hotel-adds-apple-tvs-to-guest-rooms/)


The trendy Aloft Hotel (http://www.ifakeraybanssaleus.com/ray-ban-wayfarer-sunglasses-c-10.html) in Cupertino, which is located a mere two blocks from Apple's headquarters (https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=apple+1+infinite+loop&fb=1&gl=us&hq=apple+1+infinite+loop&cid=0,0,8557514115749774218&ei=RlxHU Z-wIpDZigLU04CQDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CLcBEPwSMAc), has installed (http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130318006159/en/Starwood-Hotels'-Sizzling-Aloft-Brand-Debuts-Silicon) an Apple TV in each of its 123 rooms. Using the Apple TVs, hotel patrons can access television shows and movies via iTunes, and use Netflix and Hulu in addition to the Apple TV's other apps.

AirPlay is available for playing videos and music, and according to Square International (http://www.square-i.net/Square_%5B_i_%5D_In-room_entertainment_on_Apple_TV_41.php), (via CNET (http://www.ifakeraybanssaleus.com/ray-ban-wayfarer-sunglasses-c-10.html)) the company that installed Aloft's Apple TV system, the hotel can use the set-top boxes to provide guests with important information and access to the front desk.Image (http://www.ifakeraybanssaleus.com/ray-ban-wayfarer-sunglasses-c-10.html)The Apple TVs can be customized with iTunes accounts from any country and are wiped after each use to allow guests to access their private iTunes accounts.

Though the Apple TV is often referred to as Apple's "hobby" project because of its lack of popularity, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that more than two million (http://www.ifakeraybanssaleus.com/ray-ban-wayfarer-sunglasses-c-10.html) of the devices had been sold during Q1 2013, an increase of 60 percent year over year.

Cook also reiterated that the Apple TV was an area of intense interest for Apple, saying "I tend to believe that there is a lot we can contribute in this space and we continue to pull the string and see where it leads us."

The Apple TV recently received a stealth update (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/15/tweaked-apple-tv-offers-significant-but-nearly-invisible-power-savings-with-more-efficient-chip-designs/) that added a smaller A5 chip (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/10/tweaked-apple-tv-contains-die-shrunk-a5-chip-not-a5x/) to the device, but Apple is rumored to be working on a more substantial upgrade (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/11/15/u-s-cable-companies-reportedly-assessing-potential-infrastructure-impact-of-imminent-apple-tv-product/) that could range anywhere from improved content and the inclusion of third party apps (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/15/apples-new-tv-effort-may-kick-off-this-fall-with-focus-on-third-party-apps/) to a full blown Apple-branded television set (http://www.ifakeraybanssaleus.com/ray-ban-wayfarer-sunglasses-c-10.html).

Article Link: Cupertino Hotel Adds Apple TVs to Guest Rooms (http://www.ifakeraybanssaleus.com/ray-ban-wayfarer-sunglasses-c-10.html)

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gnasher729
Feb 28, 2014, 07:48 AM
Probably using ethernet cables. But, still, total bandwidth would have to be good for everyone to be happy. I mean, tons of people have Netflix accounts. I rarely can do Netflix via a hotel network.

Apple TV without any account means I can play music with real speakers, play movies from my Mac, play iPhone games on the big screen... It's already useful without any internet connection.

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OK, so go check into the hotel and to use the Apple TV we have to log in with our iTunes account right? How is this reset every time? Are these reset remotely or something? Is this an additional duty of the chamber maid?

You don't have to log in on the Apple TV. You can do it all on your Mac or iPad or iPhone. Just using Airplay, nothing is stored on the Apple TV. And they could set it up with the hotel's AppleID and Netflix (no idea if Netflix would allow commercial use like that).

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I just Hope that this system do a good job with the network management to keep users from seeing or accessing neighboring rooms ATV.

That's built into Apple TV. You put the Apple TV into "conference room" mode. When you turn on AirPlay, the Apple TV displays a PIN on the screen, and you type that PIN into your Mac or iPad.

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Why is this on the Mac Blog? Apple TV is an iOS device.

It is an Apple device. It runs iOS, which is over 85% identical to MacOS X. Did you complain when they reported about _Samsung's_ failed attempts of building a useful _smart watch_ ?