The Economist: Why Hilton is phasing out on-demand porn in its hotels

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The Economist run an article this week about Hilton’s decision to alter global brand standards to eliminate adult entertainment content from paid TV options.

The Economist Why Hilton is phasing out on-demand porn in its hotels

Supposedly Hilton had been on a list of “leading contributors of sexual exploitation” due to having this content available for its guests (shaking head).

You can access the Economist article here of which below is an excerpt:

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), a pressure group, jubilantly announced last week that Hilton is to call time on on-demand pornography at its hotels, and that NCOSE would therefore be removing the hotel chain from its list of “leading contributors of sexual exploitation”. In a statement Hilton said that most of its properties had already ditched the service. It had concluded, it continued, that “adult video-on-demand entertainment is not in keeping with our company’s vision and goals moving forward.” But, most tellingly, it also suggested that its moral arbitration would not extend to censoring guests’ Wi-Fi.

Nor should it. As long as it is legal, and doesn’t have an impact on other patrons or staff, it is no business of a hotel chain what its guests get up to in their rooms—including peeking at the odd spicy movie. And, in this case, Dumbledore’s choice did not apply anyhow. It is easy for Hilton to follow in the footsteps of other chains and jettison porn because revenue from video-on-demand (VoD) services has fallen off a cliff in recent years as guests bring their own movies or stream content via hotels’ Wi-Fi.

Conclusion

IMHO it would be more urgent for the hotel chain to update the brand standards when it comes to working internet access at its hotels that discontinuing adult content from the paid video options. I just hope that Hilton didn’t try to please this group when making this move.

Without a doubt many hotels have been slowly dropping the pay per view options altogether and not just the adult content. Considering that we can stream (when hotel internet bandwidth allows) content of our choice often for free the revenue from the service must have dropped significantly.

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