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I thought I was being clever with the Fremont TV...

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels' started by Droyus, Jun 9, 2017.

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  1. Droyus

    Droyus Low-Roller

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    This is pretty much for the folks who like to leverage modern technology for quality in-room entertainment.

    I always take my laptop to Vegas with me so I can work from my hotel room. On my last trip, I decided to take an HDMI cable with me so I could connect my laptop to the hotel room's TV and watch my favorite Vegas-related movies on a bigger screen. I connect it to external monitors & TVs frequently and it's a simple problem-free process.

    So there I was at the Fremont. I had everything connected and configured. But it looks like they rigged their TVs to not switch to an HDMI input channel, even though the TV's remote clearly has a button for this purpose. I double and triple-checked my connection and the laptop's video output config and everything was done correctly, but still no luck getting their TV to play ball.

    It wouldn't surprise me if most hotels did this to their TVs. They don't want us lounging in our rooms watching our own personal entertainment on their TVs - they want us down in the casino.
     
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  2. wanker751

    wanker751 Dutch Rudder Enthusiast

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    That and they want you to buy the porn for $15.99
     
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  3. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Many hotels do this. I think the main reason is they do not want people to switch to an alternate port and then leave it there. The next customer comes in and tries to watch TV and thinks it is broken. Then then give the hotel a bad review, or call maint. to fix it, etc.

    Makes sense. But, I hate it as we always travel with Ipad and a cable to connect to TV.
     
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    hotel TVs and remote controls are always special.
    Otherwise it would not be able to display a guest's name on the screen,
    or let guest check out using the TV.
     
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    the reason is they dont want you in the room and if you want a movie, pay for it.

    there are two simple ways they could do this to not have someone leave it on a HDMI input...1. house keeping switches it to normal cable/satellite 2. like just about every hotel, no matter what channel you turn the TV off on, when you turn it back on, its on the casino ad station. it can be programmed however they want
     
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    This is pretty typical. I've tried to be clever too. For several years I've carried a universal remote to overcome the limitations of the hotel's remote. I've found that in the past few years TVs in most hotels, not just Vegas, are set so that they do not respond to commands such as changing the input source, even using a non-hotel remote. My goal was the same as yours - to use my computer, hook it up to the TV HDMI, and watch Netflix or movies I had on the hard drive.
     
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    Ckspores Low-Roller

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    I'm honestly surprised you had access to the port at all. Most hotel room TVs have the ports completely blocked off.
     
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    We know there is a trick to this so now that my interest is piqued I might have to do some experimenting. will be in laughlin next weekend.

    did some digging on youtube and found this.

     
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  9. Funstuie

    Funstuie Low-Roller

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    I never even bother with TVs in hotel rooms anymore. The reception is either rubbish, the guide doesn't work or the tv is just old - palazzo TVs are pretty bad.

    I used to do the hdmi setup but I got used to just watching on my laptop and not worrying about the big screen. Most laptop and iPad screens are better than hotel tv screens anyway (just smaller)
     
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    It varies by hotel, some have connectivity panels, some have jacks that are accessible and work, some have jacks that do nothing, sometimes you have to play around a bit and then you can get it to work. And some have jacks where you just can't get to them. Caesars and PH have the same exact LG models, I could get it to work at Caesars but not PH using the same method.

    You can call a tech to help you hook up (or confirm you can't).

    Cosmo's pretty forward thinking in that respect - they got rid of PPV and allow you to log into several streaming services including Netflix. I sign up for a month right before I go and then cancel it when I get back. Not much of a catalog of actual movies, but it's a nice option.
     
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    Cousineddie,

    Gotta try that! Isn't Youtube great?
     
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  12. Droyus

    Droyus Low-Roller

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    I bring a portable hard drive with me that has terrabytes of movies & shows on it, so paying $10 to watch some crappy hotel system movie is out of the question. I just watch them on my laptop.

    Thanks a million for posting that video!! Fremont does use LG TVs and I tried to switch the video input with the button on the side of the TV also. Next time I'll check for that stupid phone cord and disconnect it if they're using the same configuration. Great hack!! :)
     
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    Who needs TV in the room? You have unlimited local calls included in your resort fee.
     
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  14. GeorgeJ.

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    I had a different problem with TVs in a Hyatt House recently..TV in living room & TV in bedroom both turned on to just static; they had their satellite TV hooked up to a different input (component maybe) and you had to change the input on the TV if you wanted to watch TV..there was also some kind of timer on the TVs that turned them off automatically after about 4 hours. Any time the TV was turned on, it defaulted to the static input..I was about to call downstairs about the TV problem until I was able to figure out how to get the signal. I'm sure they get calls at the front desk every day because the typical guest isn't going to play with the input button on the TV itself to try & fix the problem..
     
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