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Ritz-Carlton Signs With LodgeNet

LodgeNet announced today it
has entered into an agreement with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, under
which LodgeNet is extending its exclusive Master Agreement to serve all
properties of The Ritz-Carlton within the United States and Canada through
2011.The agreement, representing approximately 11,000 guest rooms, calls for
LodgeNet to install its latest sigNETure TV(R) platform to LodgeNet served
hotels of The Ritz-Carlton, along with additional properties not currently
served by LodgeNet. Additionally, LodgeNet is offering hotels of The
Ritz-Carlton its sigNETure HDTV(SM) platform, integrating emerging industry
standard Pro:Idiom(TM) content security technology to enable delivery of the
broadest array of high-definition broadcast and premium satellite programming
as well as high-definition video-on-demand entertainment.
  “It was important to us that LodgeNet has been actively contributing to
and adopting emerging industry standards for secure delivery of premium HDTV
content into hotels. LodgeNet’s solution gives us a solid foundation for
meeting our high standards and those of our guests today and into the future
as the company continues to pursue innovations,” said Barry Shuler, Senior
Vice President IT Strategy for Marriott International. “Since 1993, we have
come to trust that LodgeNet will deliver on its promise to provide the latest
in entertainment and technology at superior service levels.”
  “We are extremely proud to extend and expand our relationship with The
Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and its award-winning hotel properties,” said Scott
C. Petersen, President and CEO for LodgeNet. “This agreement is a validation
of our sigNETure(SM) Solutions by one of the industry’s premier hotel brands,
a testament to our mutual concern for the needs of the hotel guest and an
unwavering commitment to quality.”