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January 20, 2015 By: Esther Hertzfeld
Marriott International Inc. is letting guests in eight hotels access Netflix and other streaming media services such as Hulu and Pandora through their televisions, the company said. The move is part of an effort to construct a new in-room entertainment service.
Marriott is reportedly not the only hotel considering offering Netflix as an in-room service for guests, according to an individual close to the talks, reports Pocket Lint.
The plan is to offer a more comprehensive entertainment package to guests who want more than standard TV channels. Would Netflix as part of a hotel room package be a factor for your decision? Or do you typically focus on location, price and quality when choosing. Also if you already have a Netflix account you can access it through the hotel Wi-Fi on your own gadgets.
Netflix in the hotel room was being considered as part of a premium internet package that is available to guests for a fee. It may still come to that after the test phase.
“We have invited leading technology companies and content providers to work with us to design the next wave in in-room entertainment focusing on on-demand programming,” John Wolf, a spokesman for Bethesda, Maryland-based Marriott, told the San Diego Source. “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.”