Hilton Hotels Change the Channel on Pay-Per-View Porn

Business travelers have long relied on one tried and true sexual outlet that matches their on-the-road lifestyle: adult content available on demand from among the various pay-per-view options available for purchase in hotel rooms. Porn movies gave media providers steady and healthy revenue; hotels also shared in a portion of those sales. But those days are starting to come to an end as Hilton Worldwide announced that it would remove adult content from its on-demand entertainment lineup, according to a report from Huffington Post.

Hilton explained that most of its hotels don’t offer porn viewing options now, but as the contracts with video providers come up for renewal, the adult content will be phased out. The company says its decision is based on customer feedback. Starting in September, adult video-on-demand content will no longer be permitted in Hilton’s new or renewed agreements with video vendors, Slate reported. By July 2016, the company aims to remove all adult content from its properties.

While conservative groups are applauding Hilton’s decision, the explanation for the company’s decision to pull its porn might come down to the simple reason of money. According to a report by New Zealand’s 3 News, travel writer Anne van Dyke says Hilton’s move might be part of the company’s efforts to appeal to female travelers. Porn movies might also not be generating as much revenue as they used to.

“Just like blue movies, movie theaters will close down because of the handheld devices that travelers have,” van Dyke said. “No pun meant there, but maybe it’s not profitable for them anymore.”

She might be on to something. Colliers PFK Research, which tracks movie rental revenue, reported that in 2000, hotels kept $1.72 from each movie sold, according to Hotel News Now. But by 2009, that figure dropped 33 percent to 72 cents.

Travelers looking for their porn fix can still get it, as long as they go about it in a different way. Huffington Post notes that Hilton takes care to emphasize that guests will still have access to hotel wi-fi, which might be where viewing of adult content was moving anyway. Contact us for more information regarding adult movie viewing.

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