Guest-Tek and EchoStar Sign Multiyear Strategic Agreement for Hotels Nationwide

  • GuestTek™
  • 07.09.07
Guest-Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd. and EchoStar Communications Corporation and its DISH NetworkTM satellite TV service announced a multiyear strategic agreement to deliver DISH Network programming to hotel properties.

The agreement will provide significant benefit to hoteliers throughout the United States by delivering a package of television programming services called free-to-guest (FTG), which includes a wide range of premium content and more HD channels than previously available. 
“This agreement with DISH Network to offer free-to-guest HD programming allows us to provide our clients a robust and entertaining package,” said Arnon Levy, CEO for Guest-Tek. “Adding free-to-guest to our HD video on demand platform has created the most comprehensive and flexible HD solution available, delivered over a single network.” 

“We are pleased Guest-Tek recognizes that DISH Network offers the best choice and value for hoteliers,” said Brian Yohn, vice president of commercial services for EchoStar. "We look forward to providing hotel guests with a selection of all-digital quality channels from our programming lineup.” 

Guest-Tek brings additional value to the hotelier through its ability to provide the FTG programming over a converged network along with its video on demand (VOD), high-definition video on demand (HD-VOD) and telephony services. Guest-Tek offers this converged triple-play service set through multiple network platforms including coax, or local area network infrastructures. Guest-Tek’s ability to deliver all services through one network is a significant advantage to hoteliers adding ancillary products such as high-definition televisions into their guestrooms. 

The agreement with EchoStar allows Guest-Tek to offer FTG within their already successful OneView Media group of solutions, offering hoteliers the choice of hundreds of all-digital channels including movies, sports, news, music and many national HD channels. The OneView solution allows hoteliers the ability to converge infrastructure for OneView Media, OneView Voice and OneView Internet technologies saving on hardware and maintenance costs. 

About Guest-Tek 
Guest-Tek is one of the world's largest provider of IP based technology solutions for the hospitality industry. Guest-Tek's OneView platform provides hotels with converged data, video and telephony services. Guest-Tek is a preferred vendor to many major hotel brands, providing services including network design, procurement, implementation and post-sales customer support to over 3,400 properties and over 505,000 rooms. The company's head offices are in Calgary, Alberta, and it has major support facilities in Irvine, Calif. and Warsaw, Poland as well as sales offices located throughout North America and Europe.

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