Will Sir be booking the interactive suite?

Guests at Sydney's Sheraton On The Park can now surf the Web, use Microsoft Office, access email, voicemail and faxes, play games, control in-house streamed video and order room service via a new set-top box service. Guests access Sheraton.Net services via the in-room television/set-top box using a wireless keyboard and remote control device and will be able to stop, pause and control in-house video. The system will also remember guests' preferences and can bring up their favourite daily newspapers and/or most important stock quotations each morning. Expect it in Auckland next month.

Guests at Sydney’s Sheraton On The Park can now surf the Web, use Microsoft Office, access email, voicemail and faxes, play games, control in-house streamed video and order room service via a new set-top box service.

Sheraton.Net was launched at the Sydney hotel last December and is due to be rolled out across other Sheraton hotels in the Asia-Pacific region next month.

Guests access Sheraton.Net services via the in-room television/set-top box using a wireless keyboard and remote control device and will be able to stop, pause and control in-house video. The system will also remember guests’ preferences and can bring up their favourite daily newspapers and/or most important stock quotations each morning.

Once the network rolls out, hotels will have a Compaq Sheraton.Net server running Microsoft Windows NT and Back-Office, connected via a wide area network. In addition they will run Microsoft’s Commercial Internet Services platform and Microsoft NetShow Theatre streaming media server technology, which can provide MPEG I and II data streams from Windows NT server-based machines. Hotel rooms will be equipped with a set-top box running Windows 95 connected to the hotel servers through high-speed ADSL modems from 3Com.

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