On Command and USA TODAY to Offer Interactive Television Product
DENVER/Washington, D.C., July 18, 2001 – On Command Corporation (Nasdaq: ONCO) and USA TODAY announced that this fall they will begin offering USA TODAY’s newly developed USA TODAY News Center, an interactive television news service to hotel guests. On Command currently has over 185,000 interactive rooms; and to date, projects that the USA TODAY News Center is one of the largest worldwide deployments of interactive television programming.
“On Command estimates annually that USA TODAY News Center will reach more than 70 million viewers by delivering real-time USA TODAY content directly to guest room televisions. Thus, expanding the traveler’s news media from the customary printed version of USA TODAY that is delivered to their doorsteps each morning,” said Chris Sophinos, president of On Command. “Our partnership with USA TODAY clearly strengthens both companies’ product offerings and reflects our abilities to create new revenue streams by enhancing the hotel guest experience and is yet another example of how On Command provides its hoteliers with superior guest services.”
USA TODAY News Center enables hotel guests to view the latest national news, weather, and local information via a high-speed Internet connection. Much like the Internet, guests can select the information they would like to see, when they want to see it.
“USA TODAY News Center meets the demand of hotels and their guests to provide the most up-to-date and relevant news to business and leisure travelers. Our partnership with On Command provides another platform for USA TODAY to deliver news and information 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Tom Curley, president and publisher of USA TODAY.
About On Command
On Command Corporation (www.oncommand.com) annually serves more than 250 million guests through 950,000 rooms in approximately 3,450 hotel properties. These hotel properties include more than 100 of the most prestigious hotel chains and operators in the lodging industry: Adam’s Mark Hotels & Resorts, Bass Hotels & Resorts (Inter-Continental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn), Fairmont, Four Seasons, Hyatt, Loews, Marriott (Courtyard, Renaissance, Fairfield Inn and Residence Inn), Radisson, Ramada, Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels and Four Points), and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. On Command is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol ONCO, and its warrants are traded under the symbols ONCOW and ONCOZ.
About USA TODAY:
USA TODAY is the nation’s top-selling newspaper. It is published via satellite at 36 locations in the USA and at five sites abroad. With a total average daily circulation of 2.3 million, USA TODAY is available worldwide. The newspaper is published by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI)
USATODAY.com is an award-winning news and information Web site. More than 25 million monthly visitors experience comprehensive, convenient USA TODAY news and information through interactive features, information graphics and multimedia functions including audio, video and live Webcasts. USATODAY.com has more than 200,000 pages of breaking stories in News, Money, Sports, Life, Technology and Weather – updated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. USATODAY.com is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. For more information, please visit www.usatoday.com.
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