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Hilton Guests Can Now Stream Showtime

The Hilton Honors app is about to get even more powerful. On Wednesday, Hilton announced it has partnered with Showtime to allow guests to stream the premium cable network’s popular content to the brand’s Connected Rooms via their mobile phones at no extra cost. It marks the first-ever collaboration of its kind between a major…

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The Hilton Honors app is about to get even more powerful.

On Wednesday, Hilton announced it has partnered with Showtime to allow guests to stream the premium cable network’s popular content to the brand’s Connected Rooms via their mobile phones at no extra cost.

It marks the first-ever collaboration of its kind between a major hotel company and a premium entertainment provider.

The news comes a little more than four months after Hilton revealed it was beta testing Connected Room, which will roll out at hotels across the U.S. this year. Hilton plans to outfit thousands of rooms across multiple brands and markets with the technology over the course of 2018.

Guests looking to stream Showtime original series like “Homeland” and “Billions” as well as other entertainment such as movies, documentaries and comedy specials on-demand won’t need a subscription in order to access content thanks to a new application specially developed for Connected Room.

“Connected Room has set a new standard for the industry by giving our guests a travel experience where their room can be customized to their preferences, and also offers complimentary on-demand access to SHOWTIME service,” said Jon Witter, Chief Customer Officer at Hilton, in a statement. “The availability of in-app controls is the next step in allowing guests to manage all aspects of their stay from the palm of their hands.”

In addition to streaming Showtime, guests in Connected Rooms will be able to use their device to control the lighting and temperature to personalize their space. Even Connected Room guests who don’t have the Hilton Honors app will benefit from a simplified television remote and room controls built into the television.

The Hilton Honors app also allows users to check in, select their room and unlock the door with Digital Key. The latter feature is available at more than 3,000 Hilton hotels.

The collaboration with Showtime comes one year after Hyatt Hotels Corporation teamed up with streaming solutions provider SONIFI to allow guests to personalize their in-room streaming experience.

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Hilton, American Express Donate One Million Rooms to Medical Professionals

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Hilton has teamed up with American Express to donate up to one million hotel room nights across the United States to medical professionals leading the fight against coronavirus on the front lines.

Starting next week on April 13, the hotel giant will make rooms available without charge to doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other frontline medical staff who need a place to sleep, recharge or isolate from their families through the end of May.

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To coordinate the massive effort, Hilton is teaming with 10 associations that represent more than one million healthcare workers to provide access to the program, including the American Hospital Association, American Nurses Association and more.

“During this crisis, we have seen so many examples of medical professionals working in the most challenging circumstances, sacrificing their own needs for the greater good,” Hilton CEO Christopher J. Nassetta said in a statement. “They truly are heroes. We are honored to extend our Hilton hospitality to them during this difficult time.”

American College of Emergency Physicians president William Jaquis, MD, FACEP, said the room donation would be welcomed relief for the thousands of medical staff enduring long hours under challenging circumstances.

A variety of Hilton brands are participating, including Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton and others. Nassetta said hotel owners around the country have been “eager to support their communities and be part of the solution.”

Earlier this month, the Las Vegas Sands also lent a helping hand by donating two million medical masks and 20,000 protective suits to healthcare professionals, first responders and nonprofit organizations in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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