Marriott looking to bring Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora to your hotel room TV

Marriott is about to make your hotel stay much more rewarding. The hotel chain has confirmed to Bloomberg that it is testing a TV service that allows its guests to access streaming content from their own Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora accounts. The service is currently being trialled in eight hotels across the US.

Customers can already access services like Netflix on their iPhones, iPads and MacBooks, but by partnering with content providers, Marriott will be offering access to these services directly from a customer's hotel room TV. Marriott is reportedly looking to provide the new TV service at an additional charge to its internet service, or include the aforementioned services in a "premium" internet tier.

The move is said to usher in a new era on in-room entertainment while providing Marriott with a steady stream of revenue in the process. According to John Wolf, a spokesperson for Marriott:

We have invited leading technology companies and content providers to work with us to design the next wave in in-room entertainment focussing on on-demand programming. We are currently offering guests in eight test hotels the opportunity to stream their content through our high-definition TVs whether it is Netflix, Hulu or Pandora.

Source: San Diego Source

Harish Jonnalagadda

The clumsiest man in tech.

  • I wonder if you would just be logged into a generic Marriott account. If so, you aren't easily going to find all your "bookmarked" shows which would make this less useful. It seems odd but I have not turned on the TV in a hotel room for about 8 years. I'm just so used to bringing my own content with me on a laptop. If I bring my own content I never have to worry about additional fees or bandwidth limitations or anything. It just works (albeit requires a little more prep ahead of time).
  • Wasn't Marriott recently asking the FCC permission to block wifi hotspots forcing customers to use the hotel's wifi? Just wondering how this fits in.