Marriott Bans Pay-Per-View Porn From New Hotels

Business travelers looking for an expense-account friendly way to unwind after a hard day on the road may want to skip new Marriott hotels if their tastes turn to “sophisticated” entertainment. The chain has announced that the in-room entertainment systems in those hotels won’t offer adult video-on-demand options.

USA Today reports that video-on-demand revenues are in decline, as more guests provide their own entertainment on laptops or portable DVD players. Given that environment, some chains would rather be seen as family-friendly than a source for in-room porn.

Hotels have seen revenue from providing pay-per-view movies in rooms shrink. Business travelers have been increasingly checking into hotels with their own entertainment, whether Netflix DVDs, iPod Touch, laptop or Slingbox.

“Changing technology and how guests access entertainment has reduced the revenue hotels and their owners derive from in-room movies, including adult content,” Marriott says. …

As movies of all kinds become less of a moneymaker for hotels, more hotels may make similar decisions, says Joe McInerney, CEO of industry group American Hotel and Lodging Association.

“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,” he says.

One other chain, Omni, went porn-free in 1999. “The ownership decided that it was not a way that we wanted to make money,” a spokesman told USA Today.

Marriott says no to adult movies in new hotels [USATODAY.com]

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  1. theblackdog says:

    The Europeans seem to have no problem with it. The last hotel I stayed in over there had it on demand, and it was free. Of course, there were options to block those channels if you had little ones.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Our society is quickly moving into a system where all of our vices still exist, just in the shadows, as unspoken truths. Things we never talk about but are still there. Very unhealthy.

      • mxjohnson says:

        That’s true of smoking, and perhaps alcohol use. But porn is ubiquitous now. Casinos are everywhere. And gluttony is celebrated.

        Porn in hotels is a recent phenomenon.

        • LadyTL says:

          Gluttony is not celebrated greed is. Gluttony is scorned and hated and mocked even for people who just fit someone’s idea of what gluttony looks like.

          • Hi_Hello says:

            Man VS Food. Food challenges where you eat a large amount of food and you get a prize.

            hot dog eating contest?
            wing eating contest?

            Gluttony has two side. the people who said it’s wrong and the people who like big butts and they can’t not lie.

      • RickN says:

        I just bought stock in several cement companies. I figure the shares will skyrocket in value when “they” start building the big walls around Vegas and Atlantic City.

        Woo-hoo! Shadowed vices FTW!

    • evnmorlo says:

      European channels might have softcore on regular late-night TV.

  2. danmac says:

    Oh damn…how will I ever watch porn in my room now?

    Seriously, though, I think this move is in response to the drastic drop in demand for in-room porn due to cheaper internet porn. They’re just trying to sound all moral about it.

    • regis-s says:

      Funny how that works isn’t it? When there’s money to made their motto seems to be “who are we to judge?”. When there’s little or no money to be made they’re only too happy to judge.

    • Wombatish says:

      Man, the one place I thought would have (expensive) PPV porn was a cruise ship, since internet access isn’t possible in most rooms on most lines.

      Nope! Or if there was, there was some secret voodoo dance to access it, or maybe you had to ask for it – either way, I was just curious (part “do they have it” part “how much” since regular movies, even 80s and 90s moves were 15 frikkin dollars) so I left it at that.

    • rushevents says:

      My thoughts exactly – sales are down so cancel the service but make it sound good.

  3. balthisar says:

    >>”expense-account friendly”?

    I’ve never worked for a company that will reimburse anything beyond the cost of the room and taxes.

    • ab3i says:

      Agreed, the one paper receipt my company always want is the hotel bill from every week, and only the cost of the room, parking and meals is reimbursed

    • gparlett says:

      Oh and since the hotels don’t include the name of the movie on the receipt you can’t watch ANYTHING without getting the stink eye from your company. I rented Armagedon on my first business trip, knowning full well I would pay for it myself, but my boss saw a hotel bill that just said ‘movie – $5.99′ on the hotel bill and gave me crap about renting pron on a business trip for weeks and weeks.

      • edman007 says:

        I have found the hotels are always willing to just split the hotel bill, where I work you can’t put anything they wont reimburse on the company card and the hotel MUST be on it, so if you get a movie you just go to the front desk at check out and ask the movie to be on a different card, they then give you a receipt for both cards and you never have to show your company the one with the movie.

      • PupJet says:

        Wow, you can rent prons? I hope they were tasty enough for that price!

  4. backinpgh says:

    As a hotel front desk worker, I still see numerous businessmen ordering porn, then asking to “pay for it separately” so it doesn’t go on their expense report. These aren’t even old fogies either; these are guys with iPads, laptops, bluetooths, etc. etc. who apparently still can’t figure out that newfangled FREE porn.

    You could literally watch nothing but porn 24 hours a day and still not run out of free porn, and yet these dudes will still shell out $20 for bad hotel porn.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      It’s not about the sex, it’s about the story line. Tough to get good plots with free porn. You get what you pay for there, too, sometimes.

      • Rebecca K-S says:

        “It’s not about the sex, it’s about the story line.”

        Are you still talking about porn?

        • Firethorn says:

          Oddly enough, he* probably is. I’m ‘wierd’ that way as well. Just images or motion doesn’t work well for me. I want ‘background’ – scenario, motivation, etc… A story/plot, if you will.

          Heck, maybe that makes me a bit more like women – I’ve heard of romances being ‘porn for women’. But I still like the pictures. ;)

          *Not that I really have any clue…

          • hoi-polloi says:

            The trouble is that for the most part those who can act don’t do porn, and those that do porn aren’t convincing in the more mainstream portions of the script. (They’re not always convincing in other areas as well, but I digress.) I think that’s one of the appeals of True Blood, The Tudors, etc. You get a plot and characters you care about, but you also get a good deal of sexual content.

            BTW, I’d be happy to be corrected on my generalization.

        • danmac says:

          Yeah…I totally know what Loias is talking about…like, will the heroine manage to catch those two burly black bank robbers, or will she be sidetracked when her bi-curious partner gets kidnapped but a hunky UPS delivery man?

    • hoi-polloi says:

      Did your hotel offer free internet access? How’s the connection? I’d guess in some circumstances it might be about the same price and somewhat more convenient to go with the PPV. Of course, that only applies if people are accessing porn online rather than bringing it with them on their device(s) of choice.

      As others have said, this sort of thing only seems to be a moral issue after it’s impacting the bottom line. Planning to cut it anyway? Why not win back a few puritans in the process.

  5. Doubts42 says:

    I worked in Hotels for a long time. This is a good move for them.
    10 to 15 times a morning (350 rooms in the hotel), I got to deal with the guy who doesn’t want to pay for the porn he watched, or is terrified it will end up on his receipt. Probably 75% of those ended up comped by spineless management.
    Then 2 to 3 times a week some busybody church lady type would call down to berate me because the porn was available. You offer to block it to their room and that is not the point. they just want to complain because they are old fat and ugly and are terrified their SO’s will actually get to see an attractive naked woman.

  6. Blueskylaw says:

    “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,”

    When it makes you money, it’s not a problem. It only becomes a “family-friendly image” problem after it stops making you money.

  7. Spiro_Agnew says:

    Note to self: Cancel reservation at Marriott.

    • Verucalise (Est.February2008) says:

      If the Marriott’s porn access was the only reason you were staying there, maybe you should rethink your business decisions. ;)

      • AliceAitch says:

        I didn’t realize until I saw this post that cable porn was probably the reason my dad always insisted on Marriott hotels for his business trips. I need brain bleach.

  8. Reading_Comprehension says:

    The CEO of Marriott International is a practicing Mormon, that may have something to do with it.

  9. Pinget says:

    I love the Orwellian language. “Sophisticated” is not, and neither is “adult”.

  10. captadam says:

    I think that a $3.50 pint of water (“for your convenience”) is much more morally repugnant than a skin flick.

    • UnexplainedPie says:

      I agree. I especially hate it when they’re not priced, or locked up. There’s just a bottle of water sitting on your counter when you get to the room, and you assume it’s complimentary. Then you find some documentation with some small print on some random piece of paper in the room saying it costs $3.50 per bottle.

  11. MrEvil says:

    Nothing you can’t find in five seconds on the Hotel’s complimentary Wi-Fi. The Internet is a FANTASTIC pornography delivering vehicle.

    • edman007 says:

      I find half the time the internet is just too slow at the hotel for most TV stuff, and once I was at a BOQ (army operated hotel) and they even blocked netflix and hulu (and had no pay-per view), youtube and the x rated sites were not blocked

  12. Mold says:

    Family friendly? Like polygamists who marry children? Like Mark Foley? Like Catholic priests?
    Hate to tell them but the Duggars are on Welfare and Kate wants the stay comped.

    • dilbert69 says:

      I don’t like the Duggars either, but I thought they were financially well off.

      • ludwigk says:

        If the internet is to be believed (and I’m not saying that’s the case), they’ve been given all kinds of donations, such as regular supplies of food, their home, lots of appliances, donations from their church – they’re essentially octomom + God. Have lots of kids, get lots of free stuff. Have more kids, get more free stuff. Rinse, repeat.

        Nothing as far as I can tell (

  13. YokoOhNo says:

    Ok, so I won’t stay at a marriott anymore…out of principle, i’ve got a ton of porn on my laptop and phone.

  14. TooManyHobbies says:

    That’s OK. I’ll just bring my own.

  15. Kitten Mittens says:

    First they came for the hotel porn, and I did not speak out —

  16. kityglitr says:

    This is a silly article. Hotels are phasing out pay-per-view porn due to NO ONE buying it anymore. They all have laptops and free internet porn.

  17. ldavis480 says:

    A Priest walks into a hotel and walks up to the check-in desk. Before he gets his keys from the clerk, the priest says, “I’m a priest, so can you make sure the porn in my room is disabled?”

    The clerk responds, “What kind of sick priest are you? We only have regular porn!”

  18. xamarshahx says:

    if even regular movies were reasonable priced, i would think of buying them once in a while. last time i tried to rent some movie (not porn), it was $14.95!!

  19. John Gage says:

    I’ve heard of some government offices that will no longer allow their traveling staff to stay at hotels if those hotels offer PPV porn. It was more of a statement against porn than a problem with govt. employees trying to expense it.

  20. Boberto says:

    Good for Marriott. Better for me. I hate Marriotts, and this is now another reason I can use to NOT stay there.
    Seriously, for a business traveler on extended stays, these places are like prisons. From the glued down flower vases, crappy (expensive) useless internet service.
    I hate you Marriott. I go out of my way to avoid you in every crappy corner of the Globe.

  21. axiomatic says:

    Look at the bright side….Marriott will save a bundle on all that unused freebie hand lotion.