Hilton Worldwide and DIRECTV Announce a New In-Room Strategic Supplier Agreement to Enrich Entertainment Experience in Half a Million U.S. Guest Rooms
Hilton Worldwide Guests Will Now Have the Opportunity For ‘Just Like Home’ DIRECTV Experience Giving Them Access to Hundreds of HD Channels and an Interactive Programming Guide
McLEAN, Va. and EL SEGUNDO, Calif., April 7, 2014 – Hilton Worldwide and DIRECTV are joining forces to deliver the world’s most popular TV service to more than half a million hotel guest rooms across the United States. This new agreement will make DIRECTV a preferred television supplier for providing enriching in-room entertainment experiences at Hilton Worldwide properties. The two companies are also making future plans to enable members of Hilton HHonors, the guest loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s ten distinct hotel brands, to earn free stays or HHonors points when they sign up for qualifying DIRECTV service at home.
Guests will be able to find the new offering at participating Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton properties in the U.S. this year.
With this new relationship, participating Hilton Worldwide hotels will be able to receive:
• Access to DIRECTV’s programming, including more than 160 HD channels and premium sports and movie content offered at special prices;
• Continued rollout of DIRECTV’s Residential Experience (DRE) platform, which Hilton Worldwide was the first hotel company to adopt. The platform is currently installed in more than 220 Hilton Worldwide properties nationwide and will continue to be rolled out across the U.S. for more guests to enjoy;
• Significantly reduced per-channel costs, enabling hotels to affordably offer more HD channels; and
• More efficient technologies reducing power consumption to further support LightStay™, Hilton Worldwide’s proprietary initiative improving sustainability measurement and performance at properties around the world.
“Today’s guests expect a high-quality in-room HDTV experience that offers greater variety,” said Josh Weiss, vice president, brand and guest technology, Hilton Worldwide. “We are excited to be delivering the entertainment options that our guests want and an enriching experience through this new offering from DIRECTV.”
“By uniting two of the strongest brands in television and hospitality, we are creating a first-of-its kind strategic hotel TV relationship that sets a new standard for guest entertainment,” said Michael Wittrock, senior vice president of sales, DIRECTV. “Hotel guests will benefit greatly from this ground-breaking deal that is a result of much hard work between DIRECTV and Hilton Worldwide.”
Launched in 2011, the DIRECTV Residential Experience has been one of the fastest adopted guest viewing technologies in hospitality. This new technology allows hotels to significantly upgrade the guest room television experience at a minimal cost. The DIRECTV Residential Experience also comes complete with an anti-microbial remote control.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of ten world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 678,000 rooms in 91 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®.
DIRECTV (NASDAQ: DTV) is one of the world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming and industry leading customer service to more than 37 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. In the U.S., DIRECTV offers its over 20 million customers access to more than 195 HD channels and Dolby-Digital® 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, Emmy-award winning technology and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for 13 years running. DIRECTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, leads the pay TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to more than 17 million customers. DIRECTV sports and entertainment properties include two Regional Sports Networks (Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh), and minority ownership interests in Root Sports Northwest and Game Show Network. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit www.directv.com.