Web TV wins again, thanks to Porn

It’s funny when a hotel gets trumped by its customers’ uncanny ability to get porn in the room. Especially when they get to it without needing to pay for an in-house video. What’s even funny is when the hospitality industry resorts to awkward lies to hide that defeat.

According to USA Today, the Marriott International announced that “changing technology and how guests access entertainment has reduced the revenue hotels and their owners derive from in-room movies, including adult content.” Okay, that’s a frank statement of saying nobody likes to pay for their porn, aside from the broadband connection that they get in the room (which is free in many hotels).

What’s amazing is the contradiction that CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Joe McInerney, added: “It is a hotel’s prerogative, as well as a business decision, regarding what services it provides to its guests, including those striving to enhance their family-friendly image.”

I think hotels have long had an advantage to provide adult video-on-demand services and made a boat-load of money this way. Trouble is, the power of Web TV’s unlimited buffet whets the appetite of millions of men and now it finds another victim. This is what caused the Marriott really, to abandon their adult entertainment offering. Not a sudden conscience. You want to be family friendly? I would suggest that a proxy server would be more meaningful. But premium VOD services will continue to thrive in hotels, of course. Maybe they might even learn from this debacle and revamp their in-house proposition better. Right now, I’ll credit this victory to Web TV.

Read about it here.

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About Michael

Passionate about all things related to OTT Video and technology. Currently managing HOOQ Singapore.

Posted on 24/01/2011, in Web TV and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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