Marriott getting rid of in room porn for their new hotels

Per USA Today, Marriott has announced that they’ll begin to eliminate in room porn at the hotels they’re building over the next several years. While I have no vested interest in the subject, I actually find this to be an interesting development on a couple of levels. They seem to suggest this “coincides with a pending shift to new, in-room entertainment technology.” Yet, interestingly enough, they’re only eliminating the adult selection of their pay per view movies, and keeping the rest of the selection. Are they trying to say that people are no longer willing to pay for adult movies, while they are willing to pay for regular movies, both of which are available elsewhere at a (much) lower cost?

Somehow, given that this is Marriott, I suspect it has more to do with “morals” and being “family friendly” than anything else (which I certainly don’t hold against them). At the same time, if you’re going to keep pay per view movies, I’m not entirely sure what the point of eliminating the adult entertainment selection is. I mean, it doesn’t cost them much (if anything) to have the movies in the selection if no one purchases them, right? I assume they’re losing out on at least some revenue with this move…

InterContinental better not do the same, or some Ambassadors/Royal Ambassadors may no longer have an incentive to stay at InterContinentals! šŸ˜‰

Comments

  1. I always figured the only PPV hotel movies that anyone actually ordered were the adult films! Especially nowadays with laptops and in-room internet so common, you wonder if PPV will survive much longer at a lot of chains.

  2. When I worked at Hyatt, 60% of the movies ordered on Spectravision were porn. Values trumping revenue is the only answer here. My favorite question from business travelers, “Will the title of movies I watch show up on my bill?” My internal thought response was “Debbie does Farm Animals won’t be on your bill sir.”

  3. I think it’s more about money… and let’s just be honest… with internet porn being so easy / free, why would anyone use PPV? Furthermore, internet porn lets you pick which stuff you’re into, fast forward, rewind, etc. I think internet porn has killed the ppv porn market.

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