Marriott Hotels Go Porn-Free

The U.S. porn industry began vibrating last week when a market-research group reported that Marriott, one of the country's biggest hotel chains, would phase out in-room porn channels--a mainstay of the adult industry. In a press release, Marriott cited changing technology trends, and admitted that revenue from the movies was down.

It's a move that's been a long time coming, according to industry insiders. Seismic shifts in the ways Americans access porn (hello, Internet) mean that guests traveling with their own portable peep shows have little need for pay-per-view videos at notoriously sky-high rates--or for the uncomfortable moments at the front desk when it's time to pay the bill. "Marriott's decision really highlights that the video-on-demand business has tanked," says Alec Helmy, owner of XBIZ, an adult-industry trade publication. "It's just not profitable anymore." Helmy estimates that demand for adult movies in hotels has dropped by more than 50 percent in recent years.

That's the global trend, says Marc Bruder, president of CED, which supplies adult videos-on-demand. Bruder estimates that his hotel sales in some territories have been halved in the last year. "Most places give you free Internet!" he says. As technology catches up worldwide, hotel-provided porn may be on its way out. Says Hustler president Michael Klein: "A traveling businessman already has his favorite adult sites cached on his laptop." Room service, indeed.

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