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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 laptops and mobiles, 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

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32 Comments
  • The big story here would be a hotel that actually offers internet fast enough to stream these services. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nah, the real story is: guess why they're blocking hotspots? Because they don't want people to be able to access netflix without paying marriott. Watch as they block netflix on their own provided guest wifi, guaranteed.
  • Truth. I picked up a cheap portable router and threw my Chromecast in my bag for my last trip. Worked like a charm and still used hotel internet Posted via Android Central App
  • I will not pay for Internet service at a hotel and I'd be damn to pay them for my own streaming services!
  • Oh, but it's a great deal if you ask me. (sarcasm)
  • So the Marriott can block your WiFi to use their crappy network. No thanks Nothing I shoot ever gets back up again
  • For the last few years, I've just hooked my laptop up via hdmi to the in-room tv. I don't think people will be willing to pay extra to have THEIR OWN netflix account available on that tv. I could see it as a marketing feature (since it's not really going to cost them any more. Maybe even a little less as people won't be killing the wifi streaming their tv shows to their computers and tablets.)
  • I'm surprised they haven't had the TVs fitted with proprietary sockets and then rent you an adaptor.
  • They are making a big deal of "free" internet in their promotions to their Rewards program members. They backed off saying they were going to block WiFi, but they haven't withdrawn their petition with the FCC to allow it. I stay in many hotels (about 60 - 90 nights a year), and I often find their internet unusable. I won't use it without a VPN, either. As for this specific "program," it doesn't affect me right now, because I don't use any of those streaming services. Pretty sure I wouldn't pay extra anyway. The TV pretty much stays off when I travel. Posted from my XT1080M
  • Free breakfast, free wifi, free netflix, free pillows. All this for free, but only $100 a night for a room!
  • Which is competitive with any other hotel at their level.
  • True it is, but you might have missed my point. They advertise free breakfast, free wifi, free netflix, free pillows. Nothing is free. It is built into the price per night. That is what I'm saying.
  • Ooh, how generous, allow customers to pay to use their own paid for subscription services!
  • Why doesn't Marriott just concentrate on updating it's rooms and freshening up their look? Most of the Marriott properties I stay in feel tired and drab, at best. Some of the worst have been very bad (plenty of pictures to prove my point.) Recently I stayed dowtown Denver at the Grand Hyatt. I walked into the room and was pleasantly shocked...the room was fresh, innovative, appealing. I said, "Why can't Marriott rooms be like this?" The simple reason is because Marriott is spending their time on gimmicks like this, or in trying to block internet usage in their properties, etc. Marriott needs to get their eye on the ball and get focused!
  • You probably pay a pretty penny for that room too. Marriott rooms aren't cheap by any means. Plus many of their hotels are out of date.
  • How many people will fall for Marriotts "free' gimmick?
  • What is sad is that this might catch on. This is such a silly gimmick to me. If people bring a cord with them they'll be able to watch anything from their laptop by simply connecting it to the room's TV for FREE. Posted via Android Central App
  • Not always. I've stayed in many hotels where the ability to switch inputs on the TV is restricted. It's especially common in hotels that use LodgeNet services.
  • That or its using a crappy TV with no HDMI ports. Ran into that issue at the last place I stayed. Could switch inputs but couldn't actually plug my devices in. Posted via Android Central App
  • Is this a joke? All they would need to do is put TVs with apps in the room if the customer is to use their own account. And why in the world would I pay them extra to use my account? Chromecast with the (usually free) wifi is all you need.
  • You typically can't use a Chromecast with hotel wifi, because the Chromecast has no way to get past the hotel's browser-based login.
  • Easy enough to get around using Window's hidden hot spot feature from your Laptop or by simply buying a Mobile Router that supports repeating. Posted via Android Central App
  • just find out your chromecast's mac address, spoof it on your laptop, log in on behalf of it, then reconnect chromecast, then revert laptop to its natural address.
    however, that doesn't solve the problem of the laptop being prevented from seeing the chromecast.
  • It isn't that simple. If you put a consumer smart tv in the room, how do you handle account management? You think every guest will delete their account when they leave? That's why these hotel services exist and cost extra. It isn't just as simple as slapping in a smart TV to do it. Think about Chromecast for a minute. If you put one on every TV, what would it look like when you launched your apps? You'd have 50 rooms to choose from. Not to mention, someone could just start broadcasting on your TV and you'd see what they selected (let that sink in...). Guest mode on Chromecast is a start, but until it can be locked down so people can't change settings or use it just by being on the same network, it isn't ready for commercial deployment.
  • I just wish I could take a Chromecast with me and have it work with their wifi. All it would take is Google to add a chrome interface to click I agree to login to their wifi. Paying for something that you already pay for is really dumb. I find it crazy that you can get "free wifi" at cheap hotels and then when you stay at a more expensive one they charge you extra for wifi. It really costs them next to nothing in the long run to have it.
  • Yeah, same problem with the Kindle Fire TV stick. For now, I keep an old Imito MX2 in my bag. I don't get Amazon Prime, but I get the rest, so I survive. (Plus, it'll play movies stored on my external HD, so bonus!)
  • Again, it isn't that simple. Typical hotel network deployments don't allow you to see other devices attached to the guest wifi. That is for security reasons. So, even if you could get passed a log in page, your mobile device couldn't see the Chromecast. Setting up a virtual private network per room would be an option, but that turns network management into a nightmare.
    I will not argue that the state of wifi at most hotels is not pretty. I typically use my Verizon 4G LTE and see speeds way higher than I could get with hotel wifi.
  • This. Buddy is security Manager for Wyndham Worldwide and this is exactly what he says. Posted via the Android Central App
  • A Mobile Router could easily solve this. Or using the hidden hot spot feature in Windows. I've successfully used both a Roku and a Chromecast while on vacation using these methods. The connection speed is another matter though. Posted via Android Central App
  • Virgin Hotels are also attempting this, by the way. The one in Chicago has a pilot program up & running. The difference is that they're also renting first run movies.
  • I'm guessing this only happens in certain cities or at their higher end hotels. While I don't travel a lot, I do go on weekenders with the family on occasion. Usually my first choice of hotel is their Courtyard brand, next in line are admittedly not Marriot hotels: Staybridge and Holiday Inns.
    I've not ran across an internet charge for almost 10 years. With that said. I wouldn't pay for internet if they did charge. Matter of fact it's one of the things I check when booking a hotel.
  • Why would I pay extra for this service when I already pay for Netflix and cellular data? Not to mention the fact that I would be trusting Marriott with my login information. Thanks but no thanks.