I'm staying in the Westin. I was curious if anyone knew if the tv's had a HDMI port? I was thinking of bringing my Chrome cast.
All TVs have HDMI ports since they are flatscreen. Whether you can use them or not is another matter. I've never stayed at the Westin, but from my previous experience at starwood hotels, many of them use a system that disables any access to the main TV control panel. You would need to access that in order to tune in to the input channels (HDMI, AV, RGB).
i know for a fact they put something on to disable the hdmi port, when Pavlov had his mlp party he wanted to connect a device to stream on the in room TV and couldn't due to the device, well now from what my fiancée is saying that they don't disable them. They may have taken the devices off them now due to complaints
Do they have USB ports? Would you be able to play video files from a flash drive?
You could call an ask. But USB ports can be tricky. On some models that have them they are strictly auxilary in USB ports and only work for maintenance probes with a configuration to run diagnostics. But I imagine they would. I would assume all the major hotels run Samsung or LG's and on a five year cycle. Even a five year old tv of either make should have functional true USBs and it should support at least 2.0 speeds. Flash drives should not be a problem. Sometimes external hdd's draw too much power and won't work. But thumb drives draw almost nothing.
The ports are listed in the channel guide but I don't know if they're enabled.
...And a TV is not a PC. It may display some files from your USB, but it may not necessarily play your video if it isn't in a format which the TV can play directly.
I have an Emerson TV which will only play Motion JPEG files with an ".avi" file extension, for example.
So, IIRC, not every room has the same model TV. We couldn't get anything to work well on my TV last year; like a lot of hotel TVs, it has 1:1 pixel mapping disabled an dyou get a badly zoomed in image with the edges cropped off, and no option to change that. A friend in the next room had a different model TV though and that one worked fine; we were able to play games and watch movies from my laptop on it with no issues.
Soo...it's a maybe, cross your fingers?
I was able to hook up Miracast device to HDMI port and make it work in 2015, I can't remember exactly how but I think I had to use IR on my phone. They do modify the software to prevent guests from messing with the settings.