A typical hotel room in the US has dozens of channels including premium channels like HBO. Go down to the fitness center, fire up the TV on a shiny new piece of equipment and get a sparse, crappy selection.
What’s the deal?
It does not seem a limitation of the equipment since many have empty channel slots.
Cost is always a good place to start. Presumably it costs a lot per room to have a wide channel selection, yet I wonder how much is the marginal cost to extend it to a few treadmills.
I recently had an expiring IHG cert and my wife and I took a staycation in NY, the place where you get the least for the most in hotels. The fitness center of the Intercontinental New York Times Square was top notch, nice design with new equipment. Then I saw the channels, vastly reduced from the in-room selection:
- CNBC World
- Fox News
- BBC [America]
- ESPN Classic
- ESPN U
- Cartoon Network
- HBO 2
ESPN Classic and ESPN U but no ESPN? No CNN or even MSNBC to go along with Fox News? No Bloomberg? BBC was BBC America which shows sci-fi re-runs all weekend. No international channels in a hotel where most of the guests were speaking other languages? How many fitness center users need Nick and Cartoon Network instead of news and sports?
This is a trivial thing yet trivial things I sometimes find the most interesting. It is so widespread there must be a reason.
Readers, any insight? Are certain channels promoted with sweetheart deals? Seen any worse channel selections? (yes, I realize plenty have none)