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Hotel TV remote loaded with germs! Use Smartphone or iPad instead
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Hotel TV remote loaded with germs! Use Smartphone or iPad instead

Did you know that the average hotel TV remote is filthy. In fact, the remote control in a typical hotel room is considered dirtier than the toilet, sink handles, door handles, and even the infamous bedspread, according to Dr. Charles Gerba in the environmental microbiology department at the University of Arizona. In addition to containing unpleasant remnants of urine, semen or feces, TV remote controls can also play host to a number of cold viruses and other germs. Why not use your mobile device instead?

LodgeNet Interactive Corporation, which provides on-demand or other TV-based services in more than 1.7 million hotel rooms in North America, now has a free mobile app that allows guests to use their own smartphones or tablets to control the TV.  The app runs on the iPad, iPhone and android devices. Besides turning into a TV remote, the app also controls on-demand content and pay-per-view movies (which can be paid direct from the phone).  The service is Currently available in about 50,000 rooms in North America with more being added.

Unfortunately you still do have to touch that icky hotel remote to turn the TV on and get the connect code for your mobile device..but then you have a fully interactive device that gives you full access to your hotel’s TV services and in some hotels other room based services.

Even before you get to the hotel you can use the LodgeNet Mobile app to get  hotel and local information, directions and other useful stuff.

LodgeNet Mobile is a free download from the Android Market of from the App Store for iPhone and iPad..The app is especially impressive on the iPad’s bigger screen.
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Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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