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T.I. - Does this sound Right

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by takevtr1, Oct 5, 2013.

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  1. takevtr1

    takevtr1 Newbie

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    I am organizing a small reunion next week at T.I.

    I have booked a tower suite so that my group can al hang out together for a few hours and want to be able to display pictures and videos from my laptop computer on the room TV.

    I am being told that any input connections to the TV have been disabled.

    If I want, they will rent me a different TV for something like $300 for the day.

    This sounds crazy. Why can't I just plug my laptop into thr TV.

    If this is true, anybody have any suggestions?

    Thanks,
     
  2. sindustry

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    For $300, you can buy a projector at sam's or costco
     
  3. Chuck2009x

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    Some of the newer hotels like Aria, and some rooms in other hotels, like Forum Tower rooms at Ceasars or some of the renovated rooms at MGM, have connectivity panels that allow you to fairly easily connect various devices.

    Older rooms don't have those, and the ability to connect depends on the TV equipment installed and how the fixtures are arranged.

    For example, at Palazzo, the TVs have RCA jacks right on the sides of the monitors, and you can access them easily. In other hotels, the connections are basically inaccessible - they are either behind the set where you can't reach them, or they have tamper-proof covers over the coax connections that you'd have to break off.

    The main reason for keeping them inaccessible in the older rooms is because people will fuck them up and the hotel will have to send a tech to fix it for the next guy.

    If someone at TI is telling you you won't be able to do it, I'd take their word for it, and if you really want to be able to do it, book a room at a hotel where you can.

    You can take your chances and wait until you get to TI - there's always a chance you'll be able to get at some jacks, you might need some sort of an adapter. I've never stayed there, so I have no idea what kind of equipment they have in the rooms.

    I actually do take connectivity into consideration as to where to stay, but probably a large majority of people don't care.
     
  4. takevtr1

    takevtr1 Newbie

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    ok thanks everybody.
    booking at another hotel is not an option at this point in time. My whole group is at TI and we do need to all be together for logistical purposes.

    I am making a plan to just display off my laptop, but it will be hard for 14 people to watch the presentation at the same time.

    I did think about a projector, ane then maybe return it when I am done.
     
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    Epson Megaplex MX-50 is the model I bought from Sam's. It was $298. It is not Home Theater quality but for rhe price, it works and looks great. I use it outside for movie night for the kids.
     
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    If someone at TI is telling you you won't be able to do it, I'd take their word for it, and if you really want to be able to do it, book a room at a hotel where you can.

    This. Everything Chuck said. The older hotels would often render the inputs useless.


    Don't do that. And although I'm tempted not to warn you, there is usually a restocking fee for projectors when you do.

    Save yourself the time and headache and just cycle through them on the laptop a few times. You can also rent projectors:

    http://projectorrentalslasvegas.com/ProjectorRentalsLasVegas/Projector_Projection_Screen_Rentals_Las_Vegas.html
     
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    I tried to post the picture but I couldn't get it to work. Follow the link. It's a tool that allows you to disconnect/reconnect the coax from the back of the TV/monitor even though they have the protective covers on them. I used to do it all the time to hook up VCRs and game systems in hotel rooms. It's a great option for 7.99. You just need to make sure that you have a cable with 1 coax end and the other end able to connect to your laptop (s-video or vga maybe). A cable like that should be 10 bucks or less depending on length. You can try Radio Shack or monoprice.com for that.

    http://www.techtoolsupply.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=JON-SST-716
     
  8. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    As said, you can often connect to other input, but you can not change the input source on the tv as it has been disabled. Some have reported taking a universal remote and programming it - assuming the tv will still change source/input but the remote will not do it.

    As to trusting the front desk person - that is a big leap of faith that they have a clue what you are talking about. A big freakin leap.
     
  9. takevtr1

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    thanks again for all the suggestions.
    I may just rent a screen/projector. It is probably the easiest way to go.

    Since I actually work in the TV field, I know how to hook up equipment, but I had never heard of disabling the inputs to a TV. Using a universal remote was also a good suggestion.

    Working off of my laptop screen is a last resort. It is only 15.6"

    I think at the end of the day, I just find it totally outrageous that they will not allow you to hook up a computer to the TV. While the TI is on the older side, I have to imagine that the TV are more than capable of getting HDMI etc inputs.

    thanks,
     
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    Its not just TI, but most Las Vegas hotels do this, and not just on old TVs or rooms that haven't been renovated in years. Usually what they have done is bolt a metal plate over the input ports on the side/back of the TV.

    But when you get there you should still check out the TV and see if you can find any available input jacks, and be prepared for that - IE: have your stuff on USB drive as well as your laptop in case there is a USB input open, pack along an S-video cable, S-video to RCA, HDMI, etc because you never know there might be an open input somewhere on the TV or possibly somebody else ripped the plate off already (though as nostresshere has suggested: even if you can find an input you might not be able to change the input source on the TV)
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Hotels around the world do this. It saves having the front desk being blasted with calls that my TV will not work and sending people to rooms to fix them. Cruise ships do this as well. I really do not think it is because they want to rent you something else.
     
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    Take a look for yourself. It doesn't look like an HD set:

    http://www.blackstreamcreative.com/ti/tour.aspx?tn=1887
     
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    I can tell you from experience that the Hospitality Suite at TI has the connectivity panel that will let you input from a computer, dvd player or other. Not sure if this is the same panel as other rooms, but probably should be. Worth checking out, and asking someone (not just the reservations agent) this very specific question. Good Luck!
     
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    finsfanscott-
    I actually spoke to someone in the A/V dept and he told me that in the tower suite (which are in) you can not connect to the TV.

    I am going to bring my laptop and just display my presentation on the computer and people will have to huddle around it.

    I still think this is crazy.

    Maybe, just maybe, I will plop down the $100 and have them deliver a TV that can take HDMI - that really is the only cable I have for my laptop. Dont really have time now to go and look for other connection types (I will ask around at work to see if there is anything laying around our engineering shop that they can lend me for the 4 days we will be in LV).

    Thanks again to all for you comments and suggestions.
     
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    My apologies, there is no Hospitality Suite at TI, it is at the Mirage. It does have the connections I mentioned earlier (a full A/V hookup to the 50-55" TV).

    Well, the A/V guys should know what is in the room, but I do remember cycling through the channels while at TI last month, one of the "channels" was HDMI, which would lead me to believe the monitor HAS the input, however, our access may be limited/disabled, I didn't really look for the inputs. Point being, I believe the monitors in the room are HD.

    You mention your laptop as a source, Brookstone has small pocket sized projectors in the 2-300 range, as well as an iPhone 4/4S projector, could project on a wall or similar.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    I had this same issue at the Beau. there was an HDMI connection on the TV itself, but the remote didn't have a button to switch to the input and I couldn't figure out how to do it through the TV menu. the fact that I was unable to get it to work actually ended up costing me a boatload. I was going to watch the UFC fights from my laptop through the TV, but I couldn't get it to work, so I went down to the casino instead and got slaughtered. :(
     
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    A couple of other thoughts:

    You could call Ti and ask them if they rent video game consoles for use in the room. Doing a quick search I found a user review from a couple of years ago that said they did. With Windows movie maker you should be able to turn any presentation in to an AVI video and on a zip drive you should be able to plug that in to an xbox or playstation and play it that way.

    Also, have you asked them if they will rent you a projector and screen? Ti does have a convention space and they rent out conference rooms so they are going to have that equipment available.

    From that you could look at renting a conference room for your get together. That can get expensive but would give you a big room to hold your whole group, can have tables and chairs brought in and a projector/screen set up as well... plus most hotels will waive the room rental fee if you hire them to cater the event with food and drink (though there is usually a minimum spend of around $50-75 per person).
     
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    all good thoughts.

    My issue now is I have run out of time. We are checking into TI on Wednsday. I have a full day of work ahead of me on Tues, so I don't have any time left to do these things.

    I did think of buying a projector, then returning it when we got home, but with restocking fees etc., it is just not worth it. Plus I am too honest.

    I am going to bring all my stuff and just hope for the best.

    My group is small, about 15 people, so a conference room is to big and too expensive.

    I should have checked into this weeks ago, but I just "assumed" that it would not be a problem. Surprise...... to me......
     
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    Not condoning it, but I don't think sam's charges a restocking fee.
     
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