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TESTIMONIAL - Southernmost Hotel Collection
“Technology driven PDI-SAT teamed with DIRECTV is a unstoppable force in the hospitality field. I have never seen a clearer picture or simpler way of bringing HD to our guest. It has been a pleasant experience with PDI and DIRECTV thus far and our guest are simply amazed by the channel lineup, crystal clear Samsung LED’s and ease of use.”

Duane Webster, CIO
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JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS MIAMI SHOWCASES SAMSUNG LED HOTEL TVs BY PDI-SAT
April 13, 2011:

Boca Raton, FL April 5, 2011 – PDI-SAT, a Master System Operator for DIRECTV® and Nationwide Authorized Reseller for Samsung Hospitality, unveiled the latest technology available to hotels in the new JW Marriott Marquis located in the heart of downtown Miami, which recently opened in late 2010.

 

Equipped with state of the art 55” LED and 52” LCD Samsung HDTV Flat Panels and a Premium line-up of 48 Channels of all High-Definition DIRECTV programming in every single guest room, the hotel boasts one of the best HDTV experiences in North America.

 

JW Marriott Marquis in Miami is state-of-the-art from top to bottom. It is the first of its kind in terms of technology. “Being that this was the first ever JW Marriott Marquis in the World, we wanted something special,” said Nicholas Corrochano, VP of Information Technology for MDM Group. By selecting Samsung and providing one of the largest packages of DIRECTV HD Programming in the marketplace to date, they have definitely raised the bar.

 

A first of its kind, all public areas such as the Sports bar, Café Shoppe, in-door bowling alley, meeting rooms, executive suites, and lounge areas, boast Samsung’s latest LED technology for hotels. “Samsung is the leader in innovation and style no matter what market they are in,” said Jason Cohen, VP of Sales for PDI-SAT. “By bringing award winning designs and incorporating the latest hotel features, the newest line of Samsung Hotel TVs are second to none and go far beyond expectations.”

 

PDI-SAT combined Samsung’s industry leading LED technology with DIRECTV’s premier HD services to provide a new level of service for JW’s guests that will leave a lasting impression. PDI-SAT, a leader in HDTV delivery into commercial markets, worked exclusively with the management and its system operator to tailor a system specifically designed for the hotel, providing a “wow” factor for their guests throughout the property. This makes the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami a one-of-a-kind property that is sure to bring guests back for many years to come.
Samsung Continues Investing in the Hospitality TV Market
Previews 2011 Innovation for the Hospitality Space

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced its continued commitment to the hospitality TV market and details on its plans for innovation in the coming year. As the leader in the television market worldwide, Samsung is recognized for delivering superior technology, design and value. Its current line of hospitality TVs provide entertainment solutions that optimize operational efficiency, promote customer satisfaction and improve sustainability. As the hospitality industry continues to grow, and customer demand for technological innovation increases, Samsung is continuing its commitment to meet these needs and expand its offerings next year.

“We are steadfastly committed to the hospitality industry. Consumers today demand a higher level of excellence for their entertainment experiences, from the living room to the hotel room,” says Jonas Tanenbaum, vice president of LCD HDTV marketing at Samsung Electronics America Inc. “Samsung is committed to delivering the best in entertainment. For our hospitality customers, we are providing the variety, value, and innovation that will exceed consumer expectations and drive new service and revenue opportunities.”

A Focus on Superior Technology

This year, Samsung has made significant strides in expanding its commitment to the hospitality industry and meeting the needs of its customers. Samsung has released a broad range of models across LCD and LED, from 19 to 55-inch screen sizes. Featuring unique designs, integrated control systems, and home theater quality picture and sound, this year’s hospitality TVs offer the experiences both hoteliers and consumers demand, some examples are:

The Samsung Jack Pack solution provides hotel guests a convenient and streamlined way to simultaneously connect an assortment of devices to their TV.

Samsung’s Channel Re-mapping feature gives hotel guests the option of watching their preferred TV channels.

A built-in USB Cloning Device allows hoteliers to easily customize and copy settings across TVs, such as hotel logos, picture size, speaker volume and DTV channels.

Hotel logo display offers the ability to display the company logo on the TV screen for three to seven seconds.

Samsung is also continuing its commitment to deliver cost effective products that reduce environmental impact without sacrificing quality or efficiency. Among its 2010 lineup, Samsung offers eco-conscious hospitality LED models, ranging from 26 to 55-inch sets. All meet EnergyStar 4.0 requirements.

Exceptional Customer Support

Providing excellent customer support for Samsung’s line of hospitality TVs is paramount. To improve customer communication flow, Samsung has made significant updates this year to its hospitality website (www.samsung.com/us/business/hospitality) to capture and track sales inquiries and ensure they are routed to the appropriate contacts. The site now offers a forum where hoteliers can share their own unique experiences as well. To ensure excellent customer service, Samsung also offers a dedicated hospitality hotline staffed by trained technology experts and a nationwide network of nearly 600 authorized factory trained service people.

Dedicated to Cutting Edge Technology

Looking forward to 2011, Samsung will expand its commitment to innovative hospitality technology. Samsung plans to introduce a number of new offerings and features that will support the majority of hospitality industry technologies, improve operational efficiency and delight consumers with new in room entertainment options. Among these new technologies:

• S.I.R.C.H. (Samsung Interactive Remote Control for Hospitality) streamlines implementation of new technology and updates across all TVs, including TV in room set up, TV programming and firmware update deployment. This will allow for easier day-to-day changes to business operations, saving time and labor costs.
• Hotel Hub is an interactive resource that allows hotels to provide customized goods and services to guests, such as dining and spa offerings.
• Connected TV will be offered on select TV models. This will allow consumers to connect to an online library of content through Samsung Apps, such as the latest news, sports scores, weather, and Facebook updates, directly from their hotel room TV screen.

For more information on Samsung’s current hospitality TV offerings, please visit the website at www.samsung.com/us/business/hospitality.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines. A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.

Permalink: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20101115007146/en/Samsung-Continues-Investing-Hospitality-TV-Market
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May 13-14, 2010 -- PDI-SAT hosted a 2 day online SBCA Certification class for COM1000. See our Training page for future seminar dates.
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DIRECTV Revolution 2010


PDI-SAT attended DIRECTV's REVOLUTION in Dalls, Texas

• April 19-21, 2010 -- PDI-SAT was at this year's Revolution DIRECTV Dealer Conference in the Dallas Hilton Anatole. Attendees learned about the COM1000 commercial HDTV solution and saw the hardware firsthand. Get connected!
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JOIN PDI-SAT and DIRECTV at their Los Angeles, CA Broadcast Center

• Coming January 27, 2010 -- Don't miss this rare opportunity to get your SBCA COM1000 Certification and tour DIRECTV®'s Los Angeles, California Broadcast Center on the last Wednesday in Janary. Seating is limited so reserve a spot today! Click HERE for more details.

UPDATE: SOLD OUT! Another training seminar is scheduled for February '10. Exact date and location details are coming soon.
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• Coming November 18, 2009 -- Be a part of history at the first virtual tradeshow event for the Satellite Communications Industry. Visit PDI-SAT booth as well as those of the other exhibitors from the comfort of your own desk. Admission is free it will be a great opportunity to network with other industry professionals. Click on the banner above to find out more.
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Samsung Electronics signs PDI-SAT as a Technology Partner for the Commercial Market.




September 23, 2009 -- Samsung Electronics, the leader in digital television products worldwide, has signed PDI-SAT, a DIRECTV™ Master System Operator and equipment distributor as a key Satellite Technology Partner for the U.S. Commercial, MDU, and Hospitality markets.

PDI-SAT has been a distribution partner of DIRECTV for special markets for over ten years and has been a key partner in the development and roll out of DIRECTV’s new COM1000 HDTV delivery system for hospitality and commercial services. This new relationship with Samsung gives PDI-SAT and its dealers a complete end-to-end solution by providing equipment, content, installation, and services for their customers throughout the commercial marketplace.

“We are very excited to have Samsung as a partner. By creating strategic relationships with the market leader Samsung, PDI-SAT can provide the best solutions for our dealers and customers. With superior picture quality, design and performance, Samsung delivers the best commercial television solution today and we are proud to be part of that winning combination moving forward” said Jason Cohen, VP of Sales for PDI-SAT.

PDI-SAT will be offering the entire line of hospitality & commercial televisions which includes the popular Touch of Color™ line which won several awards for technology, innovation and design in 2008, as well as the ultra-slim LED televisions with breakthrough picture quality as unveiled at CES 2009. With unique hotel & commercial features such as Hotel Logo On-Screen Display, PMOLED Clock and USB Cloning, combined with Samsung’s superior picture quality, PDI-SAT has the ideal solutions in 19” through 52” screen sizes.

PDI-SAT will be releasing more details on the program in the near future. For more information regarding Samsung commercial television product and pricing information, call PDI-SAT at 800-242-1606 or email your request to sales@pdisat.com. To become a PDI-SAT System Operator, call or email your request today! For more information regarding hospitality televisions, please visit Samsung online at http://www.samsung.com/global/experience/hospitality.

About Samsung: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2008 consolidated sales of US $96 billion. Employing approximately 164,600 people in 179 offices across 61 countries, the company consists of two business units: Digital Media & Communications and Device Solutions. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCD. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
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SBCA MFH2 Certification now a Requirement by DIRECTV
• August 28, 2009 -- DIRECTV® has mandated a new requirement and October 1, 2009 was the final deadline for MDU operators who deploy MFH2 technology to have their installation technicians MFH2 certified through the SCBA training course. Dealers who do not have at least 80% of their staff current with DIRECTV training requirements will not be allowed to order equipment from their distributors.

Visit our training promotions page HERE for more details.
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SBCA Offers On-Line Certification for MDU/SMATV Technology

• Washington, D.C., June 3, 2009 -- The Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA) has announced the launch of an on-line version of their MDU/SMATV certification course. The course was prepared by SBCA’s on-line curriculum development partner SatProf, Inc. To take a short guided tour and to register for immediate access, visit http://sbca.coursehost.com.

The course provides the detailed knowledge required for installation and maintenance of MDU and SMATV systems. The curriculum was designed by a team of industry partners including DIRECTV, DISH Network, PACE International, PDI-SAT, DOW Electronics, Mastec Advanced Technologies, and SatProf. “By utilizing the expertise of our member companies we have been able to develop a comprehensive program to educate technicians on the technical requirements of these advanced installations,” stated Steve Hill, SBCA’s Deputy Executive Director. “The on-line format provides students a self paced learning option, with thorough coverage of MDU and SMATV skills and extensive interactive exercises. Our distributor partners will continue to offer the extensive hands on MDU/SMATV course at their facilities.”

“We are excited about this program- well trained commercial installers are essential to advancing our industry. These online courses are a great way to begin training for the ‘real world’. Pace is glad to have been a part of developing this tool for SBCA. We look forward to promoting this course along with our Advanced Learning Courses throughout the year,” commented Joseph Lingenfelter, Technical Training Supervisor for Pace International.
To register go to: http://sbca.coursehost.com. For information on SBCA National Standards and Testing Program (www.sbcatest.com) courses and SBCA partnership opportunities, contact Steve Hill at 202-349-3620, or shill@sbca.org.

The Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association is the national trade organization representing all segments of the consumer satellite industry. It is committed to creating value added programs to improve the long term growth and sustainability of our member companies while continuing the industry’s leadership in protecting the rights of consumers and technician to access the best in satellite delivered services. Additional information can be found at www.sbca.com.


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PDI-SAT and DSS Installations deploy first DIRECTV COM1000 HD System for Hilton Brands

March 23, 2009 - PDI-SAT, a leading distributor of DIRECTV® equipment, and DSS Installations, a leading dealer for DIRECTV Free-to-Guest HD services and installation for the Hospitality market, successfully deployed their first 24-channel all-HD, DIRECTV COM1000 System for Hilton Brands this month. DSS Installations has a Master Operating Agreement for all Hilton Brand Hotels Nationwide.

The Hilton Garden Inn selected for the beta launch, a flagship 162 unit property, is located in El Segundo, California. It is Hilton Brands national technology center and showcases all the latest technology and advanced services available to the market. The property also has the latest LG and Phillips HDTV panels designed with the latest Pro:Idiom™ encryption technology. The COM1000 system provides DIRECTV a stable QAM modulated RF platform to make HD more affordable for owners today, and expandable for tomorrow.

The future of Free to Guest Video is HDTV. The COM1000 System, available from PDI-SAT, is designed to work exclusively for DIRECTV HD services and its “Plug & Play” architecture delivers optimum performance of up to 24 channels of HD using Pro:Idiom encryption while only occupying 8 RU of rack space. The COM1000 is designed to decrease the space required, add more HD channel capability, and lower the per channel costs of delivering HD to these types of properties.

The DIRECTV COM1000, developed in partnership with Thomson Inc. is another step forward in the development of technology platforms that deliver DIRECTV’s HD services to Multi-Client properties. Distribution was recently awarded to PDI-SAT for the COM1000 System due to their experience and commitment to SMATV deployment for the Satellite Industry over the past two decades.

Nationwide dealership opportunities are available for the COM1000 through PDI-SAT now. If you are interested in getting more information about the COM1000 System, call PDI-SAT at 800-242-1606, send your email request to sales@pdisat.com.

Click HERE for the COM1000 System information sheet.
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