Movie ticketing website Fandango has acquired the popular film review website Rotten Tomatoes and ticketing app Flixster. Previous owner Warner Bros. will take an equity position in Fandango and become an ongoing strategic partner.
The move is a smart one for the NBCUniversal-owned Fandango, but it will be interesting to see how or if this will affect Rotten Tomatoes. The site is used by millions of moviegoers to help them determine which movies they should and shouldn’t see. Being owned by a company that is interested in selling tickets, to every movie, might not align with the goals of a consumer advisory site like Rotten Tomatoes. But then again, being owned by a mega movie group like Warner Bros. also seemed like a possible conflict of interest, and Rotten Tomatoes still managed to function rather independently of the entertainment division.
Read the full Rotten Tomatoes Fandango Flixster press release after the jump.
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Every single day, your social media experience gets more streamlined. Chat is now in e-mail, Facebook embeds your Instagram, your TV is connected to the internet, GetGlue documents your viewing habits and soon, Twitter will sell you movie tickets.
A new deal was just signed between Twitter, Comcast and NBC Universal. Starting in November, a “See It” button will start appearing in your feed whenever someone talks about a TV show, movie or sporting event. If you click on it, depending on your cable provider and subscriptions, that event will just come on. In the case of movies, it’ll link to Fandango. Read more details below. Read More »
Many airlines have already done away with paper tickets and now one of the largest sellers of movie tickets is finally making the digital leap. After almost two years of development and smaller test runs, Fandango‘s Mobile Ticket initiative begins its major roll out this weekend at select Regal Cinemas with the release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. People who buy tickets online (not just for Twilight, for any movie) can have a message sent to their phone with a barcode that theaters scan, allowing people to skip lines at ticket booths and kiosks. Find out which theaters are first adopting this after the jump. Read More »
Often considered one of, if not the, best movie theater chains in the United States, the Alamo Drafthouse has just signed a deal to keep their empire expanding. They’ve partnered with the number one online ticket seller, Fandango, to sell tickets for all of their screenings both online and through mobile devices. The theater will also continue their current method of online sales, through their own site. In the press release for the announcement, which you can read in full below the jump, Alamo CEO Tim League (who was recently on the /Filmcast) mentioned that plans to expand to Los Angeles, New York and “other markets across the country” are still continuing. Read More »
TechCrunch is reporting that Fandango has begun pushing out a mobile ticket program that will bring movie tickets to your cellphone. Instead of printing out a paper ticket after buying a ticket online, you’ll receive a 2D barcode via a text message, which the ticket-taker will be able to scan. Since the movie theater employees will need special scanners to read the barcodes (pretty much the same scanners you find at Target or Walmart), it will take some time to roll out the service. Movietickets.com is apparently testing out a similar service as well.
Theaters participating in the new Fandango service include City Cinemas 1, 2 & 3, Angelika Film Center, East 86th Street Cinemas, Village East Cinema, Beekman Theatre, and The Paris Theatre, all of which are in New York. Find the full list of theaters over at TechCrunch.