Podcasts are getting a lot more travel friendly. First, a growing number of airlines are adding podcasts to their in-flight entertainment systems. Now once someone gets to their destination, they’ll find podcasts at the ready as part of a new iHeartRadio integration into Hilton’s Connected Room guestroom technology platform. Hotel guests will be able to stream live radio, artist-based radio, playlists and podcasts directly through their hotel room TV free of charge.
“We are excited to join forces with Hilton, a leader in the hospitality industry, to provide a superior music experience for travelers,” Michele Laven, President of Strategic Partnerships for iHeartMedia said in an announcement. “We look forward to helping enhance the guest’s stay by giving them the companionship of our live radio stations as well as quick and easy access to iHeartRadio’s massive catalog of music playlists, podcasts and more.”
Guests can use either their Hilton Honors app or the in-room remote to access the free content on their guestroom TV. Guests need only to open the app on their TV and press play.
“We heard our guests loud and clear when they said they wanted the ability to stream music in their guestrooms, so we’re excited to bring this to life in collaboration with iHeartRadio,” said Noelle Eder, Executive VP and Chief Information and Digital Officer for Hilton. “This addition to Connected Room is just another way we’re making travelers feel at home by giving them access to their favorite content and enjoying custom, curated playlists for any occasion or mood.”
iHeartRadio joins Netflix and Showtime on Hilton’s Connected Room technology, which is currently in 3,500 rooms across 15 hotels. Hilton plans to roll out the technology to the majority of its portfolio of nearly 5,900 hotels over the coming years.