What is Pro:Idiom?

May 11, 2021 | Hotel Technology Blog

What is Pro:Idiom & What Does Pro:Idiom Mean for Your Hotel?

Below is a synopsis of the text for the Pro:Idiom technology clip above. It covers the basics of the details involved with Pro:Idiom’s encryption technology and how it can be used to provide the best possible entertainment services for your hotel guests.

What is Pro:Idiom?

Pro:Idiom™ is an encryption technology developed by LG for use in the hospitality industry for the secure delivery of high definition digital television & video on demand (VOD) signals.

HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinamax, Epix, Discovery, Disney, ESPN, History and other digital television content providers require encryption of the HD signal in FTG Hospitality environments where a set top box is not present in each room in order to protect their content from piracy.

How Does Pro:Idiom Work?

The delivery of Pro:Idiom encrypted HDTV signals requires a TV distribution system that allows a central decoder in a hotel to decrypt video from a high-definition headend or satellite feed and then re-encode it for secure delivery to TV sets in each room that are equipped with the Pro:Idiom chip or to a set-top box for each TV.

What Does Pro:Idiom Mean For Your Hotel?

The need for encoding and decoding the digital signal means hotels will either have to:

1) Use a headend system such as the LG Pro:Centric or Samsung LYNC REACH and purchase Commercial TVs that have the Pro:Idiom decoder integrated into the TV tuner


2) Use set-top boxes at each TV to decode the signal

What Type of TVs Do I Need for Pro:Idiom?

An encrypted hotel television signal requires a TV that can decrypt that signal. LG, Samsung, manufacture hospitality televisions that have an integrated Pro:Idiom chip to make that encrypted signal visible on the TV without the need for converter boxes.

Pro:Idiom is widely used in hospitality environments and has become the standard for hospitality televisions with the largest Hotel brands: Marriott, Hilton, Best Western, Hyatt, Choice, AccorHotels, InterContinental, Wyndham, Extended Stay America, and G6 are specifying it as their approved TV type.

If you have any questions regarding Pro:Idiom technology or our hospitality television products, contact our hotel technology experts directly.