Written by Natalie MootzNatalie has been writing for the web since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Or at least since dinosaurs achieved blogging technology. She's also written for About.com and Joystiq.
So there you are in your hotel room. Business travel or leisure, doesn't matter. You're exhausted when you walk through the door, so you face-plant onto the bed. (After turning down that yucky bedspread, of course.) After your horrible flight/drive/mule ride, you're ready to relax for some serious Me time.
Of course, the first thing you do is switch on the television -- but IT ASSAULTS YOU IN SO MANY WAYS!
- It's standard definition. Did we really watch TV before we could count all the pores on a football player's face? Why?
- It's small. Heck, it's smaller than my iMac's monitor.
- It's not digital. You're channel-flipping blind! How can you expect me to watch this episode of I Love Lucy if I don't know what the episode is about? Or what's on afterwards? Or what else is on the other channels? (Oh, digital TV, will you marry me?)
The final insult is being subjected to LodgeNet, the cringe-worthy set of channels that must come standard when the hotel installs the admittedly handy option to check out of your room via TV. But LodgeNet has, like, what, 18 whole channels? Half of the channels are financial news, the other half features languages you don't understand, and the third half has channels that explain the hotel's amenities to you. (Before you tweet your disdain for my math skills, yes, LodgeNet is odious enough to have three halves.) Yeah, like I've never worked a toilet with a paper guard across the seat, pal.
Well, thanks to Marriott, there may be hope in sight that won't drain your laptop/tablet batteries: Marriott is experimenting with HD TVs and streaming content in eight of its hotels, according to Variety. They're trying out video channels Netflix, Hulu, and music via Pandora, as alternative entertainment options.
Oh sure, these mythical hotels-of-the-future will probably charge a fee to access these new services. Which is in addition to the fee you are charged to use their Wi-Fi. Which is, again, on top of the fees for making them charge you a fee. (You thought they wouldn't notice, but they're onto you.)
But we expect that. It's a hotel, after all. Now go relax with one of those $12 cans of sweet, sweet, Coors light.