I've been traveling a ton as of late and one of biggest pet peeves is TV in hotels. Watching TV in a hotel room is absolutely terrible, frustrating, and non-hygienic to boot. The remote control is one of the dirtiest things you can handle, don't read this article on how e.coli can be found on the remote control
. You want to either put the remote control in a plastic bag or use it as little as possible and be prepared to wash your hands often.
In the hotel room, if you want to watch something live like news or sports or your favorite program, you've got to know what channel it's on. How difficult is that? You have to find the electronic guide which is awful since they rarely show you what's on or you have to find the paper guide that they have laying on the table. Again, something falls short, either there are no channel numbers if they have the paper TV Guide, or you have no schedule so you don't know when your favorite team is on. My last trip, I ended up, using the channel up/down arrow through their entire channel lineup and wrote down what channel numbers were CNN, CNBC, and ESPN. Then, I'm left wondering if maybe I caught the flu since I probably clicked that remote about 50 times. Imagine how many folks clicked on that remote and it still hasn't been cleaned.
There has to be a better way to watch TV in the hotel room. I'm one of those types that really enjoy having background noise while I'm working in the room. I do like having some live content running. However, things are just so frustrating that sometimes I'd just have my iPad running in the background or if I'm traveling for longer periods of time, I'll plug in my Apple TV into the HDMI slot of the TV assuming they have HDMI. I can then have YouTube or some movie running in the background.
Or, my new solution which isn't perfect, but at least reduces my clicks on that stupid remote by about 60%. I'll bring up my BuddyTV Guide app
on my iPhone where I've stored my favorite channels and take a quick browse through to see what's on. If nothing captures my attention, I just won't turn on the TV and I avoid all those clicks. And, if I do find something interesting, I'll quickly scan the room to see if I can find the lineup with the exact channel number. One of these days, BuddyTV Guide will partner with the hotels and offer exact lineups and remote control capabilities along with being able to stream your favorite Internet channel.
Until then, BuddyTV Guide
is the best way to channel surf hotel TV content without having to touch the remote.
What do you do when you want to watch TV in a hotel room? Do you just turn on the TV and channel surf? Do you agree that hotel remotes are just plain gross or am I just a germophobe?Or, do you have a better solution?