Global Hyatt Chooses LodgeNet as Exclusive HDTV Interactive Provider for New Select Service Division In-Room Entertainment Solution Includes Full Range of HDTV Programming,

Other Unique LodgeNet Services to Support New Hyatt Place Brand



    CHICAGO and SIOUX FALLS, S.D., July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Global
 Hyatt Corporation and LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation (Nasdaq:   LNET),
 the world leader in interactive TV & broadband solutions to hotels, today
 announced that LodgeNet has been selected as the exclusive provider of
 interactive TV and HDTV services for Global Hyatt's new upscale select
 service brand Hyatt Place. This landmark agreement marks the first between
 the two companies, with LodgeNet chosen for its unique ability to deliver
 HD premium satellite and VOD entertainment to the Hyatt Place brand in
 coordination with the company's aggressive brand growth initiatives.
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     Under the agreement, LodgeNet will install a Hyatt Place branded,
 digital- to-the-room HDTV solution in the more than 80 properties currently
 owned or managed by Global Hyatt Corporation, as well as newly-build Hyatt
 Place properties and participating franchisees.
     In an effort to complement the Hyatt Place brand standard specifying
 HDTV displays in every guest room, each Hyatt Place will be equipped with
 the LodgeNet systems required to deliver available high-definition
 broadcast programming, premium satellite channels, and video-on-demand
 (VOD) movies, many of which will be available while they are still showing
 in theaters. Each room will also be equipped with daily subscription access
 to top professional and college sports packages through LodgeNet's
 industry-first Hotel SportsNet(SM) service. In addition, guests will also
 be able to enjoy other HD video content Hyatt Place may provide.
     "LodgeNet aligns perfectly with the Hyatt Place brand focus on forward-
 thinking technology and a highly sensory guest experience," said Jim
 Abrahamson, Senior Vice President for Hyatt Corporation and president of
 Select Hotels Group. "As a new brand seeking to establish leadership in the
 higher end of the select service marketplace, we are counting heavily on
 the guest room television experience to carry our brand's identity and
 deliver on its brand promise, and that's why we chose LodgeNet."
     "We look forward to playing a key role in re-branding more than 11,000
 guest rooms with the Hyatt Place flag and helping Hyatt establish a strong
 foothold in a new market segment," said Scott C. Petersen, President & CEO
 for LodgeNet. "We are very pleased that Hyatt Place turned to us to assist
 in the launch of its exciting new hotel brand. It enables us to put our
 experience and technologies to work in helping Hyatt Place co-create its
 interactive TV solution. Our experienced corporate and field staff ensures
 we can assist in deploying that solution on pace with the brand's ambitious
 conversion schedule."
     The first Hyatt Place hotel will open this summer in Lombard, outside
 of Chicago, Ill.
     About LodgeNet
     LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation ( http://www.lodgenet.com ) is the
 world leader in interactive TV and broadband solutions to hotels throughout
 the United States and Canada as well as select international markets. These
 services include on-demand movies, on-demand games, music and music videos,
 subscription sports programming and television on-demand programming, as
 well as high-speed Internet access, all designed to serve the needs of the
 lodging industry and the traveling public. LodgeNet provides service to
 more than one million interactive hotel rooms and serves more than 6,000
 hotel properties worldwide. LodgeNet estimates that during 2005
 approximately 300 million domestic and international travelers had access
 to LodgeNet's interactive television systems. In addition, LodgeNet is a
 leading innovator in the delivery of on-demand patient education,
 information and entertainment to healthcare facilities. LodgeNet is listed
 on NASDAQ and trades under the symbol LNET.
     About Global Hyatt
     There are 215 Hyatt branded hotels and resorts (over 90,000 rooms) in
 43 countries around the world, operating under the Hyatt(R), Hyatt
 Regency(R), Grand Hyatt(R) and Park Hyatt(R) brands. Currently, there are
 an additional 38 Hyatt hotels and resorts under development, including 13
 new hotels in China. Hyatt Corporation (domestic U.S., Canada and Caribbean
 hotels) and Hyatt International Corporation (international properties) are
 subsidiaries of Chicago-based Global Hyatt Corporation. Global Hyatt
 Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. operators
 of the Hyatt Vacation Club (timeshare and fractional residential product),
 Hyatt Equities, L.L.C. (hotel ownership), Select Hotel Group L.L.C. (which
 owns, operates and franchises AmeriSuites hotels, Hyatt Place and
 Summerfield Suites hotels) and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc. (which
 franchises Hawthorn Suites, and Microtel Inns and Suites).
     From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide
 may be obtained by calling 1-800-233-1234 or logging onto
 http://www.hyatt.com .
 
 

SOURCE LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation

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