Gadgets Move Up the Marriott Food Chain

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Gadgets Move Up the Marriott Food Chain

Now you're talking!

The Marriott Corp. said this week it will begin installing a new technology that will give its patrons the ability to connect various personal devices (let's just call them gadgets) to HD screens in its hotel rooms.

(About time!)

Current in-room sets reportedly are being replaced with 32-inch LCD HD units. (See what happens when prices drop so low?)

Customers will have access to what Marriott calls "digital connectivity panels" that will allow laptops, iPods, camcorders and some PDA devices to the hooked up.

(No word on connectivy charges -- but free would be nice.)

Marriott said most of its high-end hotels also will receive cable and satellite upgrades, and the number of available free channels (SD and HD) will nearly double to more than 60.

The Marriott, JW Marriott and Renaissance brands will receive the upgraded amenities first, with 25% of the rooms and suites designated to receive the upgrades having them by the end of 2007.

This news comes thanks to my friend at HD Notebook and TV Technology.

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