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LodgeNet, Petters Hospitality Partnering to Enable the
Delivery of HDTV Programming to Hotel Guest Rooms
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  • Polaroid®TM Flat Panel Displays Will Support LodgeNet SIGNETURE HDTVSM Platforms
  • Adoption of Pro:IdiomTM Content Security Technology To Enable Delivery Of High-Definition Satellite And
  • Video-On-Demand Entertainment To Guest Rooms
.SIOUX FALLS SD and WEST PALM BEACH FL, November 1 2006 – LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation, the world leader in interactive TV and broadband solutions to hotels, and Petters Hospitality and Entertainment Group today announced their intention to integrate Petters Group’s Polaroid®TM  brand high-definition (HD) displays with LodgeNet’s HDTV platform for high-definition free-to-guest (FTG) and video-on-demand (VOD) services. Petters Hospitality has also adopted Pro:IdiomTM content security technology that will enable LodgeNet served hotels with Polaroid flat panel screens to display Pro:IdiomTM protected HD premium satellite and VOD entertainment.

“In order to become the HD display solution of choice among hoteliers, our Polaroid displays must provide the best possible experience to viewers in the guest room,” said Jon McGaunn, President & COO for Petters Hospitality. “We consider compatibility with LodgeNet’s HD platform to be crucial in delivering the in-room entertainment, information and interactive services that guests want and expect.” 

“We are pleased to add Petters to the roster of leading manufacturers who have committed to making their displays compatible with our SIGNETURE HDTVSM solutions,” said David M. Bankers, Senior Vice President, Product & Technology Development for LodgeNet. “This agreement expands the potential range of HD display options from which hoteliers can choose with confidence.” 

The industry standard for premium content copy protection, Pro:IdiomTM utilizes the 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and supports digital video and data formats recognized by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC). Pro:IdiomTM protects satellite delivered programming and video-on-demand content against piracy at every point in the distribution chain to the TV display. 

About LodgeNet

LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation (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 Petters Hospitality and Entertainment Group

As a portfolio company of Petters Group Worldwide, Petters Hospitality and Entertainment Group based in West Palm Beach, Florida builds relationships with global manufacturers to develop state of the art entertainment technologies, consumer electronics, appliances and brand extensions for distribution through commercial venues, including hotels/motels, restaurants, cruise lines and other specialty channels. 

LodgeNet and the LodgeNet logo are registered trademarks of LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation. Polaroid is a registered trademark of Polaroid Corporation. Pro:Idiom is a trademark of LG Electronics Inc. Other trademarks may be claimed as the property of others.

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Contact:

Ann Parker
Director of Corporate Communications
605-988-1000
LodgeNet Entertainment Corp 
communications@lodgenet.com
www.lodgenet.com

Andrea Miller
Director of Corporate Communications
Petters Group Worldwide
952-975-4825
 andrea.miller@pettersgroup.com

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