Guest-Tek announces growth in the HD benchmark for hotel television services

    CALGARY, June 19 /CNW/ - Guest-Tek Interactive Entertainment, Ltd.
("Guest-Tek"), today announced the arrival of a new benchmark for television
services in the hospitality industry. A growing base of Guest-Tek customers
are now providing their guests with a TV viewing experience that is a
significant departure from what travelers are accustomed to watching. These
hotels have established a leadership position in this key amenity in order to
satisfy the majority of guests who watch free-to-guest TV during their stay,
in addition to the approximately 8 percent or less who purchase a
Video-On-Demand title. These hotels are opting to present guests with up to 70
channels, all 100 percent digital, and are currently offering up to 40 percent
of their channels in high definition (HD).
    "We felt it was critical to provide a better television experience at the
Water Club," said John Forelli, VP of Information Technology from The Borgata.
"Our channel line up of 60 channels, 27 of which are in HD, is certainly
meeting that mark and allows Borgata to continue the trend of making
Atlantic City properties a national destination. Borgata is also excited at
the prospect of using the Guest-Tek solution to communicate with guests on the
TV in areas such as itinerary and hotel/spa reservations."
    "Hotel 1000, Liberty Hotel, and Willows Lodge's guests expect us to
provide the best possible services in every category," said James Simkins,
Executive Vice President of MTM Luxury Lodging. "We believe in utilizing
leading edge technology to enhance MTM service and thus wanted to have a rich
line-up of HD linear channels along with presenting HD art and photography,
achieving this with our 100 percent all-digital channel lineups."
    One of the driving factors behind the growing slate of HD channel
availability in hotels is the adoption of the MPEG-4 format in programming
delivery. Many broadcasters are currently transforming their services so they
can broadcast in MPEG-4, which is roughly twice as efficient as the current
MPEG-2 standard being used to broadcast HD signals to the TV. Guest-Tek's
decoding solutions allow its customers the ability to view a large number of
MPEG-4 channels without having to replace older televisions that do not have
the ability to display the newer, more effective format.
    "DISH Network is pleased to work with Guest-Tek to deliver the full
benefit of emerging technologies for their commercial customers; MPEG-4 is
core to DISH Network's strategy to continue to lead the market in providing
more HD programming to all of our subscribers," said Brian Yohn, vice
president of Commercial Services at DISH Network. "We will continue to see the
majority of new HD channels coming on-line in the MPEG-4 format."
    "It is exciting to be part of the current revolution in hospitality
entertainment," said Arnon Levy, CEO of Guest-Tek. "We are pleased to see our
plans become reality and to help our customers deliver an experience that is
as good as or better than what guests are used to watching at home. We believe
we have established a leadership position in the market as the only vendor in
the industry today who is delivering 100 percent digital solutions for HD and
standard definition TV in MPEG-2 and MPEG-4."

    About GUEST-TEK

    Guest-Tek (Toronto Stock Exchange: GTK) is 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 major hotel brands, providing
services including network design, procurement, implementation, and post sales
customer support to over 3,000 properties and over 507,000 rooms. The
company's head offices are in Calgary, Alberta, and it has major support
facilities in Irvine, California, and Warsaw, Poland as well as Sales offices
located throughout North America and Europe. For more information about
Guest-Tek, go to

    About DISH Network Corporation

    DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq:  DISH), the nation's third largest pay-TV
provider and the leader in digital television, provides more than
13.815 million satellite TV customers with industry-leading customer
satisfaction which has surpassed major cable TV providers for eight
consecutive years. DISH Network also provides customers with award-winning HD
and DVR technology including the ViP722(TM) HD DVR, which received the
Editors' Choice awards from both CNET and PC Magazine. In addition,
subscribers enjoy access to hundreds of video and audio channels, the most
International channels in the U.S., industry-leading Interactive TV
applications, Latino programming, and the best sports and movies in HD. DISH
Network offers a variety of package and price options including the lowest
all-digital price in America, the DishDVR Advantage Package, high-speed
Internet service, and a free upgrade to the best HD DVR in the industry. DISH
Network is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and is a Fortune 300
company. Visit or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474) for
more information.

    %SEDAR: 00020221E

For further information:

For further information: Arnon Levy, President & CEO, Guest-Tek, (403)
444-8488,; Geoff Clark, CFO, Guest-Tek, (403)

Organization Profile


More on this organization

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890