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Hey, remember MoviePass? The movie ticketing subscription service shook up the movie theater industry back in 2017 when it boldly offered customers the opportunity to see one movie in theaters every day for the low cost of $10 per month. MoviePass became extremely popular and it sparked plenty of rage from the major movie theater chains. But it flew too close to the sun and came crashing down in 2019 after their costs greatly outweighed the money they were making from subscriptions.

Now a new report from the Federal Trade Commission has revealed that as the company struggled to survive, MoviePass tried to stay afloat by deceptively stopping customers from being able to see movies. That’s right, the one service that customers paid MoviePass to provide was something the company actively tried to prevent. Read More »

MoviePass Family Plan

It was only a matter of time. Fyre Festival got two documentaries soon after it imploded. Multiple GameStop documentaries are in the works. There’s nothing that audiences like more than to watch a delusional business idea (or Wall Street) go up in flames. So it shouldn’t have taken this long, really, for Hollywood to point its camera at MoviePass, the doomed movie-ticket subscription service. But it’s happening, and we’re getting a MoviePass docuseries executive produced by none other than Mark Wahlberg.

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MoviePass charging cards

Beyond the real ghosts, witches, and zombies you’ll have to fear this Halloween, former MoviePass users may have to be on the watch for spectral credit card charges from the zombified remains of the ticket-buying company. Several former users have reported MoviePass charging cards and bank accounts even after the service was officially terminated last month.

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Just Days After Its Death, MoviePass May Be Resurrected

MoviePass may be resurrected

Four days. That’s the all-too-short amount of time we all lived in a world in which we could finally stop thinking about MoviePass, the movie ticket subscription company that changed the game in Hollywood but quickly shat the bed because of epic mismanagement within the company. But those four blissful days were interrupted this morning by the company shooting its zombified hand up through its grave, grasping wildly for air as it tries to claw its way back to the land of the living once again.

Ted Farnsworth, the financier and former CEO of MoviePass’s parent company Helios & Matheson Analytics, has submitted an offer to buy Helios & Matheson and its subsidiaries – which, yes, includes MoviePass, MoviePass Films, MoviePass Ventures, and Moviefone. Good grief. Read More »

moviepass dead

After a long bout with terminal bad ideas, MoviePass has died at the age of eight. The movie ticket subscription service is survived by millions of subscribers who once thought they had stumbled upon the greatest deal ever, only to learn no one behind-the-scenes knew what the hell they were doing. The death of MoviePass serves as a cautionary tale for us all – a reminder that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. R.I.P. MoviePass.

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MoviePass card numbers

MoviePass‘s meteoric rise and rapid downfall is already the stuff of Hollywood cautionary tales, but somehow, the movie ticketing service keeps falling harder. It seems like the only time that MoviePass makes headlines lately is when its latest scandal surfaces, and this newest one is a doozy. According to a new report, MoviePass has exposed tens of thousands of customer card numbers and personal credit cards through an unprotected critical server. We all know the biggest issue here: MoviePass still has thousands of customers?

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MoviePass scandal

MoviePass, the movie ticket subscription service which was all the rage in 2018, experienced such an explosive rise and tumultuous fall that I would not be surprised if someone ended up making a movie about it one day. And thanks to a recent in-depth report on the company’s questionable business practices, here’s a scene that could be used during the “beginning of the end” portion of the eventual film: CEO Mitch Lowe ordering his employees to change the passwords of heavy MoviePass users so they would not be able to log on and use the service. Read more about that and some of the other aspects of the MoviePass scandal below. Read More »

MoviePass Shutting Down

Back in April, we heard that the movie ticket subscription service MoviePass had lost 90% of their subscribers after all the problems they’ve had over the past year or so. The company claimed these numbers were false, but they’ve yet to prove otherwise. However, even though Sinemia has shut down entirely after facing similar business problems, MoviePass still clings to life, but as of now, they won’t be available for several weeks due to maintenance that will reportedly improve the company’s mobile app.

Meanwhile, Regal Cinemas has finally announced their own movie tickets subscription service is coming to life in the form of Regal Unlimited. The service will give unlimited tickets to subscribers, but there are pricing tiers that dictate where customers will be able to see movies.  Read More »

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Update: MoviePass has released a statement claiming that the numbers from Business Insider’s reports are false and that its parent company has not released any subscriber numbers.

For some strange reason, MoviePass has dropped 90% of its subscribers in less than a year. Weird, right? What mysterious explanation could there be for this massive decrease in subscriptions? I’m joking, of course. We all know the answer: the movie-ticket-subscription service imploded after leaking money like a siv. This resulted in a sudden change of rules and pricing, which in turn resulted in MoviePass friends to become MoviePass foes. And now here we are, with the company somehow still hanging on, but just barely.

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PreShow

Do you want to go to the movies for free? Well, soon you’ll be able to, via an app called PreShow. Sound too good to be true? It might be. The service will enable theater-goers to nab free movie tickets by sitting through “15-20 minute ‘preshow’ comprised of entertaining branded content.” Piece of cake, right? Well, not so fast. To ensure you’re definitely watching the ads, the PreShow app will track your eye movements. If you stop looking at the ads for too long, they’ll pause, and won’t start up again until your gaze returns.

If this sounds a bit like a Black Mirror episode, that’s because it is. The same sort of premise was used for the season one episode “Fifteen Million Merits.”

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