France-based Technicolor inked a deal with DirecTV to provide the satellite video operator with what it says is the only authorized head-end video distribution solution for the U.S. lodging and institution market, covering some 5 million hotel rooms. DirecTV’s Residential Experience for Hotels product includes a programming guide, more than 100 HD channels and HD DVR service. Technicolor says its COM1000 video distribution product will “maximize channel output and minimizes on-premise equipment requirements by delivering HD channels via a compact architecture…Its integrated configuration management and system diagnostics tools decrease the cost of operational support and allow for remote system monitoring.”

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