FandangoNow Launches Movie ‘Flashbacks’ Promo

Video-on-demand service FandangoNow is running a “Flashbacks” promotion, kicking off with discounts on You’ve Got Mail for its 2oth anniversary.

Through Dec. 23, the film, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, will be available to rent for $2.99 ($3.99 HD) and to own for $7.99 at FandangoNow Flashbacks.

FandangoNow will also be offering special promotions for the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Bette Midler classic Beaches (Dec. 23-29, rent for $2.99 and $3.99 HD, own for $14.99) and for the fifth anniversary of the Oscar-nominated Leonardo DiCaprio starrer The Wolf of Wall Street (Dec. 25-31, rent for $3.99 SD or HD, own for $6.99).

FandangoNow Lists Top 2018 ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ Movies for Rent, Purchase

FandangoNow, NBC Universal’s transactional VOD platform, Dec. 14announced an all-new curated list from RottenTomatoes of Rotten Movies We Loved From 2018!

The list features films that may not have been certified fresh, but scored big in ticket sales at the box office and on Fandango’s streaming service. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Venom, Book Club (Paramount Home Media Distribution) and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Rampage were among the films to make the cut.

Consumers who purchase tickets from Fandango to animated Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, can also own Venom for $10 from FandangoNow through Dec. 16.

Currently the top new movies available on digital, according to Fandango’s streaming service, FandangoNOW, are as follows:

Top-New Titles to Rent:

  1. “Equalizer 2”
  2. “Smallfoot”
  3. “Peppermint”
  4. “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”
  5. “Crazy Rich Asians

Top-Selling New Titles to Own:

  1. “Venom”
  2. “Night School”
  3. “A Simple Favor”
  4. “White Boy Rick”
  5. “Smallfoot”

Rotten Movies We Loved from 2018:

  1. “Unfriended: Dark Web” (2018) – 57%
  2. “Slice” (2018) – 56%
  3. “The First Purge” (2018) – 54%
  4. “Book Club” (2018) – 53%
  5. “Rampage” (2018) – 52%
  6. “Tomb Raider” (2018) – 51%
  7. “The Spy Who Dumped Me” (2018) – 49%
  8. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018) – 48%
  9. “Skyscraper” (2018) – 46%
  10. “The Meg” (2018) – 46%
  11. “A Wrinkle In Time” (2018) – 42%
  12. “The Strangers: Prey At Night” (2018) – 40%
  13. “The Girl In The Spider’s Web” (2018) – 40%
  14. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald” (2018) – 38%
  15. “I Feel Pretty” (2018) – 34%
  16. “Venom” (2018) – 28%
  17. “The Nun” (2018) – 24%
  18. “Life Itself” – 16%

 

 

FandangoNow Bows Top Xmas Horror Movies

Who knew Santa Claus and the Grim Reaper were frenemies?

FandangoNow, NBC Universal’s transactional VOD platform, Dec. 12 released its list of  the Top 25 Christmas Horror Movies of All Time available to rent or buy.

Featuring a variety of festive frights, including Gremlins, Anna and the Apocalypse and Better Watch Out, holiday movie consumers can peruse a heavy dose of yuletide terror. The mix of fan-favorite classics and new movies rounds out a list of titles that are “Certified Fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes (movies scoring 75% or higher on Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer scale).

The specially-curated list is available to movie fans now throughout the month of December.

Top 25 Christmas Horror Movies on FandangoNOW:

  1. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
  2. Better Watch Out
  3. Anna and the Apocalypse
  4. Gremlins
  5. Christmas Evil
  6. A Christmas Horror Story
  7. The Children (2008)
  8. El Día de la bestia (The Day of the Beast)
  9. Dead End
  10. Black Christmas (1974)
  11. Krampus
  12. Silent Night
  13. The Gingerdead Man
  14. Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?
  15. Saint (2010)
  16. Wind Chill
  17. Red Christmas
  18. P2
  19. While She Was Out (2008)
  20. Silent Night, Deadly Night
  21. Black Christmas (2006)
  22. ATM
  23. Jack Frost (1997)
  24. Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2
  25. The DormThat Dripped Blood

 

 

Comcast Xfinity Digital Store Seventh Digital Retailer to Join Movies Anywhere

Digital movie collection service Movies Anywhere on Dec. 5  added Comcast’s Xfinity Digital Store as its seventh digital retail partner.

Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Apple’s iTunes and Walmart’s Vudu were partnered with the service at launch last October. FandangoNow, Fandango’s on-demand video service, came aboard in March, joined in August by Microsoft Movies and TV.

Comcast’s 22 million Xfinity TV subscribers are now able to synchronize their accounts with Movies Anywhere,  combine eligible movie purchases from the Xfinity Digital Store with those from other Movies Anywhere digital retailers, and access them on Xfinity X1, the Xfinity Stream app and other Xfinity TV platforms.

Comcast is the first pay-TV provider to join Movies Anywhere. For a limited time, consumers who sync for the first time with Xfinity or one of the other participating digital retailers will receive a free digital copy of Happy Feet, a 2006 computer-animated musical family film with a domestic box office gross of nearly $200 million. Those who sync for the first time with two digital retailers also receive digital copies of The Martian and The Fate of the Furious.

“Comcast is one of the country’s leading pay-TV providers, with a customer base that, like ours, consists of people who are passionate about the movies they love,” said Karin Gilford, general manager of Movies Anywhere. “We are thrilled to now include Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers among those who can benefit from Movies Anywhere’s ability to bring their favorite movies together in one place that can be accessed across a multitude of devices using the Movies Anywhere app and across Xfinity TV platforms.”

“Xfinity X1 is the only platform that provides customers with seamless, integrated access to all of their entertainment choices within one user interface, whether that content is live, on demand, streamed, recorded, rented or owned,” said Daniel Spinosa, VP of entertainment services at Comcast Cable. “And by joining Movies Anywhere, Xfinity TV customers can now easily link their accounts across participating digital retailers and watch their consolidated digital library on X1, or anywhere in the country via the Xfinity Stream app and portal.”

With the addition of Comcast to the Movies Anywhere lineup, Movies Anywhere collections owned by the cable company’s customers will be accessible for the first time directly on the TV through Xfinity On Demand, and on devices via the Xfinity Stream app and web portal. All Movies Anywheres users are also able to access their collections via the Movies Anywhere app and web portal on an array of additional platforms.

One of the top digital retailers for new releases, the Xfinity Digital Store offers Xfinity TV customers the ability to easily purchase and access thousands of movies, many featuring enhanced extras via X1 and across devices via the Xfinity Stream app and web portal.

Movies Anywhere is backed by five Hollywood studios — Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including Focus Features, DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm) and Warner Bros. Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate are not part of the service, which also does not feature television programming.

In October, Movies Anywhere celebrated its one-year anniversary, announcing that since launch fans have streamed more than 35 million movies on more than 100 different devices. The service turned 1 with 6 million registered users, 150 million movies collected and more than 1 billion minutes viewed.

Movies Anywhere in February 2018 won Media Play News‘ inaugural “Fast Forward” award, honoring people, technologies, organizations, products or services that move the home entertainment industry forward. The awards are an outgrowth of the Home Entertainment Visionary Awards, which were launched in 2002 by the now-defunct Home Media Magazine. Comcast’s Brian Roberts was the 2017 honoree.

Movies Anywhere also was nominated for “Fan Favorite App” in the Google Play Best of 2018 Awards.

Consumer spending on digital purchases of movies, TV shows and other filmed content rose 18% in the third quarter of this year compared with the same quarter in 2017, a significant uptick from the single-digit gains posted in prior years, according to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

‘Multiplatform Entertainment’ Innovators Feted at 2018 Variety Hall of Fame

Paramount Pictures president of worldwide home media distribution Bob Buchi, YouTube global head of content Susanne Daniels, Incredibles 2 director Brad Bird and “Insecure” creator and star Issa Rae were honored at Variety’s Hall of Fame dinner Dec. 4.

The digital movie sales and storage service Movies Anywhere and digital retailer FandangoNow were also acknowledged with awards at the event “celebrating innovation in multiplatform entertainment,” which benefited City Year.

See our exclusive photos from the Variety Hall of Fame ceremony here.

Buchi noted his first job working for a studio was as a sweeper at Disneyland. The rule was if he saw $20 on the ground he could sweep it up and go backstage and put it in his pocket. “Here I am 20 years later, and I’m still trying to coax $20 at a time out of consumers’ pockets,” he joked.

Saying he was “very honored and humbled” by the award, he praised the industry’s collaborative nature. “We’re all competitors but we all rally around technical advancements,” he said.

Karin Gilford, SVP and GM of Movies Anywhere, accepted the Deloitte Media and Entertainment Innovation Award for one of those advancements, Movies Anywhere. The digital movie collection service backed by five major studios launched in October 2017 with industry teamwork, she said. “Movies Anywhere is a collaborative endeavor and the success that we’ve achieved this year reflects the boundless energy, amazing creativity and commitment to teamwork that we continue to see from our partners and colleagues at Disney, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers,” she said, noting that the service is backed by six, “soon to be seven,” major retail partners.

“We continue to believe Movies Anywhere is a game changer,” she said. “Digital ownership has tremendous value.”

Director Brad Bird gave a nod to the home entertainment industry, while also extolling the virtues of the theatrical experience. “Watching something uninterrupted with strangers in the dark, there’s nothing like it,” he said. Still, home entertainment widens the audience, he noted.

“It’s also a wonderful time for movies because there are so many ways to see them thanks to all the people in this room, and when movies go to that ethereal place that they all go to, they can be viewed at any time and that’s a wonderful thing and people can be comforted by stories and watch them conveniently,” he said.

YouTube’s Daniels counted herself lucky “to work with incredibly talented people who tell compelling stories that resonate with audiences young and old.” “I’m also lucky be part of YouTube, a platform that gives people across the globe a way to share their experiences and their voice,” she added.

Rae, who got her start on the web, noted, “I’m here because of the Internet, because of YouTube.” She acknowledged entertainment executives who allowed her “space to suck.”

“Sometimes as people of color, as minorities, we can be crippled by fear of failure because we know we only get one chance,” she said.

Cameron Douglas, VP of home entertainment, Fandango, accepted the Variety Innovation Award for the digital service FandangoNow.

He created an elaborate, comedic backstory for the retailer starting with the “Fandango brothers,” who lost their dance studio in San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake. They decided to create a digital movie service, he said.

“They didn’t know what that meant at the time, but they were determined,” Douglas joked.

(L-R): Cameron Douglas, Bob Buchi, Issa Rae, Susanne Daniels, Brad Bird and Karin Gilford at Variety Hall of Fame 2018. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Variety)

‘Searching’ Top Rental, ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ Top Seller at Digital Service FandangoNow This Week

Sony’s Searching and Universal’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls topped the rental and sales charts, respectively, at FandangoNow, Fandango’s digital content service, from Nov. 27-29.

Searching, the story of a father’s quest to find clues in the laptop of his 16-year-old daughter after she goes missing, was followed on the rental chart by Warner’s romantic comedy hit Crazy Rich Asians at No. 2 and The Meg at No. 3.

On FandangoNow’s sales chart, The House With a Clock in Its Walls, director Eli Roth’s adaptation of the children’s book starring Jack Black, was followed by Fox’s remake The Predator at No. 2 and Paramount’s Mission Impossible — Fallout at No. 3.

Top-Selling New Titles to Rent:

  1. Searching (Sony)
  2. Crazy Rich Asians (Warner)
  3. The Meg (Warner)
  4. Mile 22 (Universal)
  5. Incredibles 2 (Disney)

Top-Selling New Titles to Own:

  1. The House With A Clock In Its Walls (Universal)
  2. The Predator (Fox)
  3. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Paramount)
  4. Peppermint (Universal)
  5. The Equalizer 2 (Sony)

Digital Movie Deals Abound for Thanksgiving Weekend

In addition to all the offers on TVs and physical discs at brick-and-mortar and online stores, retailers are offering digital movie deals this holiday weekend.

Google Play is offering 99 cent rentals on Thanksgiving Day, including such recent releases as Crazy Rich Asians and Incredibles 2, giving consumers something to watch while they enjoy their turkey coma.

It has also slashed prices on digital purchases to as low as $4.99. Among the movies consumers can buy for less than $5 are The Maze Runner, Wrath of the Titans, Now You See Me, Escape Plan 2, A Prayer Before Dawn and Independence Day: Resurgence.

Other “limited time Cyber Week deals” include various recent hit movies for $9.99, including Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (regular price, $14.99), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($21.99) and Deadpool 2 ($19.99).

Google Play also is offering access to Starz for $5 a month for three months (the regular price is $8.99 per month).

Redbox is offering deals on numerous digital purchases, including such recent releases as A Quiet Place (cut to $7.99 from $14.99), Sicario: Day of the Soldado (at $9.99 from $18.99), Rampage (at $9.99 from $19.99) and Uncle Drew (at $9.99 from $14.99). The rental kiosk company is also offering deals on used discs based on location.

FandangoNow, the on-demand service owned by Fandango, is offering special deals on digital purchases as well, with such new releases as Deadpool 2, Rampage, A Quiet Place, Daddy’s Home 2 and Ready Player One at under $10.

Movies Anywhere Celebrates First Birthday With 6 Million Users and 150 Million Movies Collected

Movies Anywhere, the cloud-based digital movie library service backed by most of the major studios, is celebrating its first birthday with 6 million registered users, 150 million movies collected and more than 1 billion minutes viewed.

To mark its first year, for a limited period, fans who sync for the first time with one digital retailer will receive a copy of Happy Feet. Those who sync for the first time with two digital retailers also receive The Martian and The Fate of the Furious.

“This has been a very exciting first year of growth and immersive engagement for Movies Anywhere,” said Karin Gilford, GM, Movies Anywhere. “Our users are among the most passionate and engaged movie fans, so it’s been incredibly rewarding to see them embrace and value our product in such a positive way.  We look forward to further evolving and enhancing the Movies Anywhere experience in the upcoming year.”

The service, which allows consumers to access their digital movie purchases in one place with one password, is backed by five Hollywood studios and six digital retailers. Studios include Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including Focus Features, DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm) and Warner Bros. Participating digital retailers are iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and FandangoNow.

Other first-year milestones for the service include:

  • Fans have streamed more than 35 million movies on more than 100 different devices;
  • 95 percent of users reported high levels of satisfaction with the app, according to an August 2018 Futuresource report; and
  • The service was nominated for “Fan Favorite App” in the Google Play Best of 2018 Awards.

 

The digital movie sales and rights-locker storage service launched last October with support from five of the six major studios, four of the biggest online retailers, and an opening library of more than 7,300 movies. Over the past year the service has grown to more than 7,500 movies and has added FandangoNow and Microsoft Movies & TV to its digital retailer lineup. Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate are not part of the service, which also does not feature television programming.

Digital purchases of movies, TV shows and other filmed content, known in the industry as “electronic sellthrough,” or EST, rose 18% in the third quarter compared with the same quarter in the year prior, a significant uptick from the single-digit gains posted in prior years, according to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. Industry observers attribute at least some of the gain to the rising popularity of Movies Anywhere platform.

 

‘Dark Knight’ Tops FandangoNow 4K Survey

The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan,topped a FandangoNow survey of more than 1,500 film fans with 4K Ultra HD TVs asking which streaming movies they say require 4K viewings.

Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok and Dunkirk, also directed by Nolan, were the next in line that fans said were a must see in the highest resolution possible, according to the FandangoNow survey.

According to the FandangoNow survey, more than 60% of respondents indicated they are more likely to watch a movie at home if it is available in 4K Ultra HD.

“Our 4K survey reveals that fans are still excited about experiencing The Dark Knight at home in the highest resolution and with the best sound available 10 years after the film’s release,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “Watching a movie in 4K just enhances the entire viewing experience exponentially, and it’s no wonder that audiences are navigating toward the films of Christopher Nolan, because he is one of the top filmmakers to fully embrace the technology in every way.”

Filmmaker Nolan, who directed five of the movies (in addition to The Dark Knight and Dunkirk, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar and Inception) among the top 44 FandangoNow 4K titles, will be honored at the 4K Ultra HD Summit with the DEG Vanguard Award Nov. 6.

The full list of Top 44 4K films in the FandangoNow survey is:

  1. The Dark Knight
  2. Avengers: Infinity War
  3. Thor: Ragnarok
  4. Dunkirk
  5. The Avengers
  6. The Dark Knight Rises
  7. Black Panther
  8. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  9. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  10. Interstellar
  11. Mad Max: Fury Road
  12. Inception
  13. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  14. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  15. Saving Private Ryan
  16. Wonder Woman
  17. Jurassic World
  18. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  19. Deadpool 2
  20. Incredibles 2
  21. The Matrix
  22. Spider-Man: Homecomng
  23. The Martian
  24. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  25. Ready Player One
  26. Blade Runner 2049
  27. Life of Pi
  28. Ant-Man and the Wasp
  29. Deadpool
  30. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
  31. Logan
  32. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
  33. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  34. John Wick
  35. It
  36. Kingsman: The Secret Service
  37. Baby Driver
  38. The Incredibles
  39. The Fate of the Furious
  40. A Quiet Place
  41. The Fifth Element
  42. Arrival
  43. Atomic Blonde
  44. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

‘Incredibles 2’ First Day Sales Set Record on FandangoNow

Pixar and Disney’s Incredibles 2 Oct. 23 posted the best-ever first day sales for an animated movie on streaming service FandangoNow, according to Fandango.

The first day sales surpassed first day sales for previous record-holder Disney’s Moana.

Fans buying Incredibles 2 on FandangoNow also get the Pixar short, “Bao,” and the new Edna Mode short, “Auntie Edna.”

Incredibles 2 is the kind of movie you want to bring home to your family and watch again and again,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “It’s no wonder that America’s favorite family of superheroes would smash the record for best first day sales of any animated movie on FandangoNow.”

Top Animated Films in First Days of Sales on FandangoNow

  1. “Incredibles 2”
  2. “Moana”
  3. “The Boss Baby”
  4. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”
  5. “Coco”

 

Earlier this year, Incredibles 2 also broke the Fandango record for top advance ticket sales for any animated film in theatrical release.