Hotels have spent a lot of money in the past decade upgrading the TV sets sometimes to very large flat LED/LCD screens, but it is borderline murder to feed them with poor quality analog TV signal.
The above photo is from the JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur in the past week that obviously has a huge problem with the TV signal quality.
A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped me an email the other week and suggested that I should cover this issue on a Whine Wednesday piece.
Hotels rarely have a proper HDTV or digital feed to their TV sets. I wonder why? Can this really be a cost issue?
Even at some very large city hotels, I have witnessed this crime. It seems rather absurd for a property to be spending hundreds of dollars per room to hang the latest tech on the wall, but not back this up with a quality digital feed to make this feature shine.
I can not remember the last time I had proper HDTV signal fed to a hotel TV set. I am right now watching Bloomberg News at the Courtyard hotel in Hong Kong and the quality is ok but not great.
You often see in remote places that the signal they get from the satellite is highly compressed and this is understandable, as they are trying to fit as many channels in as possible without breaking the bank.