Marriott Plans to Phase Out In-Room Porn

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In a move sure to arouse debate, Marriott International has announced the company will be cutting adult movies from its in-room entertainment systems.

The hotel chain will take adult content off its menu in all newly built hotels, and plans to completely phase out pay-per-view porn by 2013.

With the exception of Omni, most big name hotel chains offer adult movies as an option for guests. An anonymous veteran hotel manager tells USA Today that research suggest 80-90% of all movies watched in the company's hotel rooms are of "adult content."

However, business travelers -- typically thought to be the main purchasers of in-room porn -- now have access to adult entertainment through means such as Netflix DVDs and Internet access on laptops.

In a statement, Marriott tells the news outlet: "Changing technology and how guests access entertainment has reduced the revenue hotels and their owners derive from in-room movies, including adult content."

Marriott also says the move is an effort to "keep adult content out of the reach of children and unavailable to any adult who chooses not to view it."

A Wall Street analyst says the move may come as quite a blow to LodgeNet, the company that provides the video-on-demand service. Along with Hilton, Marriott is one of LodgeNet's top customers. However, LodgeNet maintains the company -- which also provides Hollywood blockbusters, games and music to hotel guests -- will not be affected as much as the report suggested.

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