HBO, Max to Bow ‘MoviePass, MovieCrash’ Doc on May 29

Max and HBO are  set to bow the documentary MoviePass, MovieCrash on May 29. It’s a 96-minute film showcasing how the former MoviePass online subscription theatrical movie ticket service went from being one of the fastest growing online services with 3 million subscribers to bankruptcy in less than nine years.

MoviePass offered subscribers unlimited access to theatrical movies for a $10 monthly fee — a business model that proved unsustainable when it was disclosed that the platform was paying movie theaters face value for tickets used by subscribers.

The doc claims to explore the “visionary mission” of its co-founders, Stacy Spikes and Hamet Watt, its early successes and precipitous downfall caused by alleged mismanagement and corporate greed.

Spikes, who was fired from MoviePass in 2018 by corporate owner Helios and Matheson Analytics, re-acquired the assets in 2021 following a ruling by a New York bankruptcy court judge.

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Video industry and Netflix veteran Mitch Lowe was also an executive at MoviePass for a period of time.

The service spawned the launch of ticket subscription services by theatrical chains AMC Entertainment and Regal.

Atom Tickets Partners With Amazon Pay for ‘Contactless’ Movie Ticket Purchases

Atom Tickets along with Amazon Pay is looking to jumpstart “contactless” movie ticket purchases as exhibitors emerge from the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. As theaters re-open across the country, Atom found that 87% from more than 16,000 U.S. digital moviegoer survey respondents said purchasing digital tickets from their own device (i.e. cell phone or iPad) is an important safety measure.

After selecting tickets to a movie on the app, Atom users can choose Amazon Pay as their payment option to complete the transaction using the information already stored in their Amazon account. At the theater, users skip the box office lines and go directly to the ticket attendants where they scan a QR code on their phone (or Apple Watch) to redeem their order.

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Amazon Pay is now available for streamlined checkout on the Atom Tickets app and at The Atom Tickets skill for Amazon Alexa is another way that Amazon Pay is making it easier to go to the movies by letting fans buy reserved seats and checkout entirely by voice without ever having to remember a card number. Thanks to a separate integration with ‘Login with Amazon,’ movie fans who are also Amazon users can easily sign into Atom Tickets across web and app.

“With safety measures in place, movie fans are more confident to return to their local theaters,” Matthew Bakal, co-founder/chairman of Atom Tickets, said in a statement. “We understand that offering a critical feature like contactless payment is important to our users, so we’re thrilled to work with a long-time partner and trusted platform like Amazon Pay to deliver the convenience, familiarity and security they want.”

Comcast, Fandango Partner to Sell Movie Tickets on the TV

In a unique inter-corporate marketing move, Comcast Cable and Fandango May 30 announced that Xfinity subscribers can now for the first time purchase movie tickets via the X1 set-top and voice remote on their television.

Fandango, which includes transactional platform Fandango Now, is part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which is a unit of NBC Universal and owned by Comcast.

Xfinity X1 customers can say “Get tickets” into their X1 voice remote while watching trailers to more than 30,000 theatrical screens in the U.S., including Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,which debuts June 22. The companies expect to extend this feature to additional new releases throughout the year.

“Xfinity X1 enables us to continually explore one-of-a-kind experiences that complement the TV viewing experience, allowing viewers to interact with content where and when it is convenient for them,” Nancy Spears, VP, strategy and execution, Comcast Cable, said in a statement.

X1 customers who watch the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer on Xfinity On Demand will receive an on-screen notification prompting them to say “Get tickets” into their voice remote (or press the info button on the remote) to initiate the online ticket-buying process. From there, they’ll be able to review a list of showtimes at nearby theaters. Customers can opt to send the local showtimes to their mobile phone to complete the purchase via Fandango’s mobile app or website.

Prior to the launch of Fallen Kingdom and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park, Xfinity TV customers can watch the entire Jurassic franchise through a new curated destination on X1 — accessible via the movies section on Xfinity On Demand or by saying “Jurassic World” into the voice remote.

Subs can rent or purchase any of the previous films, pre-order Fallen Kingdomhome entertainment release and access clips, trailers and other special content related to the film franchise.

“At Fandango, we are always looking for innovative ways to super serve movie fans, when they are engaging with movie content so that they can easily act on their interest and purchase a ticket to the theater on the platforms and devices they use,” said Mark Young, SVP, head of business development and strategy at Fandango.