Marriott and Netflix are teaming up to expand entertainment options across hotel rooms by adding Netflix streaming application to Marriott TVs across the United States. Under this one of a kind partnership, nearly all 300 US Marriott’s will have Netflix streaming capabilities by the end of 2016. The only problem, to use the service, you have to be one of Netflix 62 million subscribers.
Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International Inc., and Netflix announced a groundbreaking partnership to revolutionize the guest room entertainment experience. Guests staying at select Marriott Hotels will be able to subscribe to Netflix or sign into their existing accounts simply by using the Netflix app on the hotel’s internet-connected guest room televisions.
For Marriott guests who increasingly want to view streaming content on the road, the enhanced entertainment option means Netflix members can set aside their mobile devices and watch Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Marvel’s Daredevil and a growing library of originals, kids titles, movies and TV shows on wide-screen HDTVs for the first time in hotels.
Currently six Marriott hotels offer this service and it’s planned to be extended to another six in the coming days.
- New York Marriott East Side
- San Jose Marriott
- Princeton Marriott
- Newport Marriott
- Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Solana
- Bethesda Marriott Suites
- Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
- San Francisco Marriott Marquis
- Atlanta Marriott Marquis
- Dayton Marriott
- San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
- Anaheim Marriott
My initial gut reaction: This is great news, but what happens when I check out. If I forget to sign out, now my account is open to the next guest! Yet, Marriott and Netflix answered this in their press release by stating
Marriott Hotels designed and adapted its Netflix app for the hotel environment. Guests staying multiple days only have to login to their accounts once throughout their stay. When guests checkout all account information is automatically wiped clean from the televisions
Let’s just hope they actually wipe personal information correctly!
The new entertainment option is a fantastic option for current Netflix subscribers who succumb to streaming Netflix on their laptops, tablets, or phones while traveling. Or for people like me who carry an HDMI cable to connect my laptop to my TV for a larger screen. I just wish Marriott would consider a partnership which allow all guests to access Netflix without the actual need of an account. After all, many travelers from outside Netflix streaming countries (such as those from Latin America, most of Europe, and Asia) do not have access to Netflix and will not be able to partake in the new partnership and entertainment options.