Well, ‘lo and behold that LodgeNet Interactive Corporation’s free mobile app. The company that is big in on-demand and other TV-based services in a number of hotel rooms in North America has released an app that allows their guests to use their smartphones or tablets as a TV controller.
According to Derek White, president of interactive and media networks for the company as told to msnbc.com, “We didn’t have germophobes in mind when came up with the app. But that does seem to be a very popular aspect of the system”.
The app will be available for download this Monday. An onscreen QR code is needed in order to download the app before checking in in a hotel lobby or in your room. In order to sync your mobile device to the TV system, a unique code will be received by the guest to enter into the app.
White added, “We can’t remove the remotes entirely form the rooms yet. Because you still use the remote to turn the TV on to do the initial sync up, but after that, there’s no need to use the remote or, for that matter, the in-room phone.”
This looks like a great app for Germophobes out there.