The same hotel chain that got in hot water for keeping its guests from using their own Wi-Fi appears to have opened up on the things people stream on its televisions. Marriott is reportedly testing a new TV service that lets guests log into their personal Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora accounts as opposed to paying extra to view its on-demand movies.
You might have to pay for it though
The new service, which Bloomberg describes as a "test," is reportedly underway at eight of the company's hotels, though could expand to others. It's currently unclear whether the feature is included as part of a room bill, or if it will be charged as an additional service. Bloomberg suggests that if it's the latter, Netflix and the other service providers would get some revenue shared back in return.
As for what Marriott hotels are a part of the test for the new service, that too is unclear, though it appears the company flipped the switch on the program at the end of last week.
Oh my god NETFLIX ON THE TV IN THE MARRIOTT YESSSSS time to watch Buffy in style :D— Neive (@zilakit) January 16, 2015
This song is hella good. pic.twitter.com/cp8ChadnHr— Tackle-me Grizztof (@Grizztof) January 18, 2015
Marriott came under fire after it was discovered that employees at its Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee were using a jammer to block people from using personal hotspots to connect to the internet. A complaint prompted an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission and eventually a $600,000 settlement on Marriott's part. Even so, the hotel chain petitioned to block guest use of personal Wi-Fi, citing security reasons including the safety of guest information and security.