FandangoNow Bows 4K UHD Titles for Android TV for Arrival of Top Pre-order of All Time ‘Black Panther’

In time for the May 8 home entertainment debut of Black Panther, Fandango’s video on-demand streaming service, FandangoNow, has launched 4K Ultra HD titles for all Android TVs, bringing the service’s catalog to Sony Bravia-connected TVs, NVIDIA Shield 4K HDR streaming media players and Hisense brand connected TVs.

The new product rollout adds to FandangoNow’s support of 4K devices, including Roku, LG and VIZIO.

Marvel’s Black Panther, released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, ranks as the top pre-order of all time on FandangoNow and is available in 4K Ultra HD with HDR. FandangoNow is the only digital streaming service to offer 4K Ultra HD content from all of the major studios, as well as dozens of other content providers, according to the company.

“We’re excited to bring our 4K Ultra HD content from all the major studios and content providers, including Marvel’s Black Panther, to Android TV,” said Fandango VP Cameron Douglas in a statement. “We want to offer customers easy access to the best entertainment choices available for streaming and our latest product rollout on Android TV greatly expands our footprint for fans searching for 4K content.”

Fans ordering Black Panther on FandangoNow will receive an exclusive complimentary fan art poster of General Okoye (Danai Gurira) with every purchase or rental of Black Panther on FandangoNow, while supplies last (shipping and handling not included). The new artwork by illustrator Jon Moody marks the first time FandangoNow will offer an exclusive poster, in partnership with movie merchandise marketplace Fandango FanShop.

Fandango Launches New Rewards Program

Fandango April 17 launched a Fandango VIP+ rewards program whereby ticket buyers on Fandango can earn VIP+ Points redeemable for discounts and free stuff across Fandango’s family of businesses — from ticketing to streaming digital movies and TV shows to fan merchandise.

“In a summer packed with blockbusters, we wanted to reward Fandango customers for what’s sure to be many trips to their local cinemas over the next several months,” said Fandango chief marketing officer Adam Rockmore. “We’ve built an expansive movie ecosystem at scale that we will mobilize for our Fandango VIP+ rewards program, helping drive advance ticket purchases and incremental sales for our exhibition and studio partners.”

The Fandango VIP+ program launches in advance of the highly-anticipated Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, debuting in theaters April 27, and will continue throughout the strong summer slate, including Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ocean’s 8, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, The Equalizer II, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

To participate in the Fandango VIP+ rewards program this summer, a ticket buyer needs to be a Fandango VIP member, Fandango’s free-to-join loyalty program. For every movie ticket purchased on Fandango, Fandango VIP members will receive 150 VIP+ Points.  Once members reach 600 VIP+ Points, they will receive a $6 discount code to be used towards future movie ticket purchases, digital movie purchases and rentals on FandangoNow or movie merchandise purchases at the Fandango FanShop.

In a recent survey Fandango conducted with more than 4,500 moviegoers, 85% of respondents said they were more likely to buy movie tickets from an outlet that offered a rewards or loyalty program. In addition to receiving benefits from the Fandango VIP+ rewards program, ticket buyers will continue to receive partner perks from AMC Stubs, Cinemark Connections, Regal Crown Club, Marcus’ Magical Movie Rewards and other perk plans.

The Fandango family includes Rotten Tomatoes and Movieclips, which help fans discover movies with reviews and trailers; Fandango, MovieTickets.com and Flixster, which sell tickets to more than 30,000 U.S. screens; FandangoNow, which offers new and catalog movies and next-day TV shows to buy or rent; and the Fandango FanShop, which offers movie merchandise.

Movies Anywhere Offers Music-Only Version of ‘Last Jedi’

A score-only version of Star Wars: The Last Jedi with an audio track that isolates composer John Williams’ music is available exclusively on Movies Anywhere for a limited time to those who link a digital purchase of the film to the service.

The Lucasfilm blockbuster distributed by Walt Disney Studios debuted on digital March 13 and arrives on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 27.

Movies Anywhere March 12 added FandangoNow to its list of retail partners, which also include Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Walmart-owned Vudu. The digital movie rights locker service features content from Disney, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros.

Movies Anywhere Adds FandangoNow

Digital movie collection service Movies Anywhere has added FandangoNow, Fandango’s on-demand video service, as its fifth digital retail partner.

Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu were partnered with the service at launch last year.

FandangoNow is available on more than 200 million connected devices. The deal allows consumers to incorporate digital movies purchased and redeemed through FandangoNow alongside their titles from other participating digital retailers.

“FandangoNow is a top retailer in the space. We think they are doing some really cool and innovative things,” said Karin Gilford, GM, Movies Anywhere. “It marks the progress that Movies Anywhere is making to continue on our path of launching the service on more platforms, adding retailers and content over time.”

“Movies Anywhere provides a great mechanism to further advance the move from physical disc to digital home entertainment by just reducing friction, reducing barriers for consumers to try digital,” said Fandango’s Adam Rockmore. “They can try it out at different retailers and then know that their library can be used on Movies Anywhere or any retailer of choice.”

Movies Anywhere has made digital movie collection easier than have past services, such as UltraViolet, he said.

“Interoperability is what UltraViolet tried, and I think this is a better direction ultimately,” Rockmore said. “We’re pleased to be part of it.”

Cloud-based movie collection service Movies Anywhere offers consumers access to a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies.

Consumers have used the app to store more than 100 million movies to date, Gilford said. At CES in January, the service, which launched in October 2017, had tallied 80 Million movies.

“I think it’s just a testament to the high-quality nature of what we launched and obviously to the demand for this sort of functionality,” Gilford said.

Movies Anywhere includes titles from Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios (encompassing Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros. Paramount and Lionsgate are not yet participating studios.

“We continue to talk with all the additional content providers in the space,” Gilford said, adding that she’s “optimistic that they’ll join.”

Likewise, Movies Anywhere is talking to other digital retailers about joining the service.

“We are in talks with other retailers,” Gilford said. “We’re not ready to announce anyone else, but you can expect additional announcements in the retail space this year.”

To celebrate the partnership, Movies Anywhere has added profile picture options. Consumers who purchase Star Wars: The Last Jedi (due on digital March 13) can choose from the Rebel Alliance Starbird, a Stormtrooper or the First Order emblem as their avatar on the service.

Rockmore said FandangoNow wanted to tie the launch of the partnership to a big title, making the digital street date of Last Jedi the perfect opportunity. FandangoNow will be promoting the Movies Anywhere partnership on its site and via communications with consumers.

 

Fandango Survey Finds Women Prefer Action to Romance and Want More Diversity in Film

Women like action movies more than romances and prefer diversity in casts and filmmakers, according to a Fandango survey of more than 3,000 female moviegoers, ages 18-54, released to celebrate International Women’s Day and the start of the SXSW Film Festival,

Fandango correspondent Alicia Malone will discuss the survey results on her SXSW panel, “The Female Voices of Film Twitter,” March 11 the Austin Convention Center.

“It’s clear from our survey that women want more female-driven stories told by female writers and directors on the big screen,” said Malone, author of the new book, Backwards & In Heels: The Past, Present and Future of Women Working in Film, in a statement. “Contrary to the age-old Hollywood belief, women are not just looking for romance at the cinema. In fact, our survey shows that female moviegoers prefer action movies to romantic comedies as their genre of choice.”

The majority of women surveyed chose action movies (with 22% of the vote) as their favorite movie genre, while only 9% chose romance or romantic comedy as their favorite genre. Also, 82% said they were more inclined to see a movie with dynamic female characters, 75% said they prefer to watch movies with diverse casts and 57% said they prefer female-driven stories to be told by female filmmakers/writers.

Survey results on women’s moviegoing habits were:

  • 85% are the decision-makers when picking movies for friends and family.
  • 73% prefer to watch movies on the big screen.
  • 68% prefer to buy their movie tickets in advance.
  • 64% choose to go to the movies for their girls’ nights out.
  • 62% look for reserved seating when buying tickets.
  • 60% get their movie information from social media.
  • 57% purchase the tickets for their movie dates.

Views on women in film, according to the survey:

  • 79% believe the “Time’s Up” movement will have a tangible impact on women working in Hollywood.
  • 77% contend that female characters are often stereotyped in blockbusters.
  • 75% would like to see more female ensembles in the movies.
  • 62% feel that women are not equally represented in big screen roles.

Separately, Fandango analyzed its ticketing data, which showed:

  • 52% of Fandango’s overall tickets are purchased by women.
  • 49% of Fandango’s Black Panther tickets to date have been purchased by women.
  • 41% of Fandango’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi tickets were purchased by women.
  • 56% of Fandango’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle tickets were purchased by women.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, FandangoNow, Fandango’s premium on-demand video platform, is launching Alicia Malone’s curated list of classic movies directed by female filmmakers, from Lady Bird to Lost in Translation and inspired by Malone’s new book.

McDormand Oscar Acceptance Speech Gets Top Kudos in Fandango Survey

In the hours after the Academy Awards, Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 Oscar-watching moviegoers on their feelings about the show, host, speeches, snubs and surprises, and Best Actress winner Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri) gave the best acceptance speech at the Oscars, according to the survey, leading the field with 37% of the fan vote.

As for the biggest omission of the night, 44% of moviegoers point to the virtual shutout of Lady Bird as the Academy’s top snub. At the same time, 48% of fans claim Jordan Peele’s Best Original Screenplay win for Get Out was Oscars’ happiest surprise.

According to the survey, the biggest Oscar snubs were: Lady Bird, for a total shutout in all categories (44%); “This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman), Best Song (20%); and War for the Planet of the Apes, Best Visual Effects (14%).

The happiest Oscar surprises were, according to the survey: Get Out, Best Original Screenplay by Jordan Peele (48%); The Shape of Water, Best Picture (29%); and Call Me by Your Name, Best Adapted Screenplay by James Ivory (11%).

The best Oscar acceptance speech, according to the survey was:  Frances McDormand, Best Actress (37%);  Guillermo Del Toro, Best Director (18%); and  Jordan Peele, Best Original Screenplay (13%).

About the show itself, according to survey respondents:

— 76% claimed Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel did a good job.

— 73% liked the shout-outs to diversity and to the “Time’s Up” and “Me Too” movements.

— 72% enjoyed the Oscar stars surprising moviegoers at the theater next door.

— 61% said Kimmel should host the Oscars again next year.

“Film fans were hoping that Greta Gerwig’s fresh and funny coming-of-age tale Lady Bird would bring home some gold, but at the same time, moviegoers are happy to see Get Out get proper recognition as the most strikingly original screenplay of the year,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “It makes perfect sense that moviegoers would pick Frances McDormand’s unforgettable acceptance as the evening’s most memorable speech, as ‘inclusion rider’ has been trending on Twitter ever since she introduced the concept to many at the Oscars.”

The majority of Oscar-winning movies are already available on Fandango’s premium on-demand video service FandangoNow. Fandango is also offering its Awards Season Gift Card here, good for catching up with all the Oscar winners on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home and on-the-go (with FandangoNow).

Fandango Survey: Last Year’s Oscar Mix-up Boosts Interest in Watching Ceremony

Last year’s best picture envelope mix-up has increased interest in watching the Academy Awards ceremony March 4, according to Fandango survey of more than 1,000 Oscar-watching moviegoers.

In the survey, 71% of respondents said that last year’s envelope mix-up makes them more interested in watching this year’s Oscars, and 65% said they plan to watch till the very end, as anything could happen during the Best Picture announcement. Last year, Warren Beatty got the wrong envelope and mistakenly announced La La Land as the Best Picture when Moonlight had actually won.

“In a weird twist of fate, last year’s nightmarish Best Picture mix-up may turn out to be a good thing, driving tune-in for this Sunday’s ceremony,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “The possibility of another outrageous moment is a PR boon, as it encourages more viewers to watch till the very end to make sure nothing goes wrong this year. It might actually boost the show’s ratings.”

In a separate survey about Oscar contenders, Fandango asked moviegoers which nominated movies and performances deserve to take home Academy Awards. The fan favorite for Best Picture was The Shape of Water with 19% of the vote, followed by Dunkirk with 17% and Get Out with 16% of the vote. When asked about the impact of the Oscars on their moviegoing decisions, 87% of film fans claimed Academy Award recognition makes them more interested in seeing the nominated pictures.

Fandango is also offering fans the ability to see all of the nominated films with Fandango’s special edition Awards Season 2018 gift card available here. The gift card is good for tickets to see the Oscar contenders on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home (via FandangoNOW). Seven of the nine Best Picture nominees are already available to watch on Fandango’s premium on-demand video service FandangoNow.

‘Shape of Water’ Favorite Best Picture Oscar Contender in Fandango Survey

The Shape of Water — debuting on VOD service FandangoNow for rental and purchase Feb. 27 — was the fan favorite to win the Best Picture Academy Award in a Fandango survey of more than 7,000 moviegoers in February.

The Shape of Water tallied 19% of the vote, followed closely by Dunkirk with 17% and Get Out with 16% in the Best Picture fan survey.

“It’s an incredibly competitive year, where the Oscar winner for Best Picture is anyone’s guess,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement.  “Fandango moviegoers give a slight edge to the beautifully-realized fantasy The Shape of Water and its visionary director Guillermo Del Toro for top honors, for an unexpectedly uplifting romance with a lot of heart and even more imagination.”

When surveyed about the impact of the Oscars on their moviegoing decisions, 87% of fans said that Academy Award recognition made them more interested in seeing the nominated pictures, according to the survey.

Seven of the nine Best Picture nominees are already available to watch on FandangoNow with Call Me By Your Name, in addition to The Shape of Water, also available for purchase.

Fandango is also offering fans the ability to see all of the nominated films with a special edition Awards Season 2018 gift card available here. It’s billed as the only gift card that’s good for tickets to see the Oscar contenders on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home (via FandangoNow).

Fandango’s full list of Oscar moviegoer survey results are:

 

BEST PICTURE:

The Shape of Water 19%

Dunkirk 17%

Get Out 16%

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 14%

Darkest Hour 10%

Lady Bird 9%

The Post 9%

Call Me By Your Name 4%

Phantom Thread 2%

 

BEST DIRECTOR:

Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water) 31%

Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) 29%

Jordan Peele (Get Out) 23%

Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) 14%

Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread) 3%

 

BEST ACTOR:

Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) 44%

Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) 23%

Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel) 15%

Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread) 11%

Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) 7%

 

BEST ACTRESS:

Frances McDormand (Three Billboards) 30%

Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) 20%

Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) 19%

Saorsie Ronan (Lady Bird) 16%

Meryl Streep (The Post) 15%

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards) 28%

Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards) 23%

Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) 18%

Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World) 16%

Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) 15%

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Allison Janney (I, Tonya) 30%

Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water) 30%

Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) 24%

Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) 10%

Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) 6%

Story of a Family’s Love Was Top Valentine’s Day Rental at FandangoNow

Valentine’s Day may traditionally be for romance, but it was a story of a family’s love that attracted the most rental views Feb. 14 at on-demand site FandangoNow.

New-to-VOD Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, was the No. 1 rental pick for viewers on Valentine’s Day on the site. The film, which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Make-Up, follows a family coping with a boy’s facial deformation and his challenges as he enters junior high.

Wonder is truly one of those films that the whole family can enjoy,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement, “and it makes sense that a film with such heart would rule rentals during Valentine’s week.”

Three other new-to-digital Oscar contenders, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Lady Bird and Coco were among the top five films that fans bought on Wednesday night.

Fandango is currently offering an awards season gift card that offers the ability to see all the nominated films via tickets on the big screen or at home on FandangoNow.

FandangoNow’s Top Rented Movies on Valentine’s Day:

  1. Wonder
  2. A Bad Moms Christmas
  3. Roman J. Israel, Esq.
  4. Braven
  5. Only the Brave

FandangoNow’s Top Purchased Movies on Valentine’s Day:

  1. Justice League
  2. Coco
  3. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  4. Daddy’s Home 2
  5. Lady Bird

Gals Pick ‘Lady Bird’ for Girls Night and Guys ‘Dunkirk’ for Guys Night in Fandango Valentine’s Oscar Poll

Fandango asked more than 1,000 female moviegoers if they were planning a girls’ night get-together (“Galentine’s Day”) celebration — and if so, which of the Oscar-nominated films would they want to watch with their girlfriends.

The top Galentine’s selection was Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, nominated for five Oscars and available for purchase on FandangoNOW, Fandango’s premium on-demand video service.

Women’s top five Galentine’s Oscar-nominated pics in the survey were:

  1. Lady Bird
  2. The Shape of Water
  3. I, Tonya
  4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  5. Phantom Thread

 

When more than 1,000 male moviegoers were asked which Academy Award-nominated films they’d watch for a guys’ night out or at home, they chose Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, also available on FandangoNOW in 4K UHD and nominated for eight Oscars, as the top selection.

Men’s top five Palentine’s Oscar-nominated pics in the survey were:

  1. Dunkirk
  2. Get Out
  3. Darkest Hour
  4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  5. The Shape of Water