Vudu Offering Horror Sale for Friday the 13th

Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu is offering sales on scary movies over the weekend starting Friday the 13th.

On Friday, May 13, only Vudu is offering a special sale of the original eight-movie bundle (“Friday the 13th” parts one through eight) in HDX for $13 (the HDX bundle is worth more than $100, according to Vudu). The sale ends at midnight PT on May 13.

Vudu is also slashing prices on top horror films, including The PredatorHereditaryA Nightmare on Elm StreetHalloween Kills and more with the Vudu Slasher Sale.

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Vudu Mounts Sale on More Than 100 Focus Features Films

As Focus Features’ The Northman arrives on Vudu May 12 and Downton Abbey: A New Era arrives in theaters May 20, Fandango’s transactional VOD service Vudu is hosting a sale on more than 100 other titles from the Focus Features library, celebrating 20 years of indie filmmaking.

The sale ends May 23.

This year’s Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay, Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, is available for sale at $12.99, while features such as Downton Abbey, The Card Counter, The Sparks Brothers, Wolf, Blue Bayou, Stillwater and Last Night in Soho are available at $9.99 each. Other titles, such as Promising Young Woman, Let Him Go, Harriet, On the Basis of Sex, Emma, Kajillionaire, Never Rarely Sometimes Always and The High Note, are on sale at $6.99 each.

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Vudu is also hosting a “Mix & Match” bundle sale, where customers can choose two qualifying Focus Features titles for the total price of $9.99. Qualifying titles include:

  • Atomic Blonde
  • Atonement
  • BlackKKlansman
  • Boy Erased
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Burn After Reading
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • The Danish Girl
  • Darkest Hour
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Harriet
  • In Bruges
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Milk
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Phantom Thread
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Tully
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Vudu Offering Discount on Anime Series ‘Hunter x Hunter’

Vudu is hosting a sale May 6-9 on the popular Japanese animated television series “Hunter x Hunter.” 

Anime fans can purchase the complete “Hunter x Hunter” series (seven seasons, 148 episodes) as one bundle for $99.99 (regularly priced at $270 for all 7 seasons) through the end of the day May 9.

The series is based on Yoshihiro Togashi’s manga series.

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Sling TV Introduces Half-Off Sale for New Customers

Sling TV is upgrading its offer for new customers, offering 50% off their first month.

The offer extends to base services Sling Orange ($35 per month), Sling Blue ($35 per month) or Sling Orange + Sling Blue ($50 per month). Customers will also be eligible for free DVR, one month free of Showtime and $5 off Starz for the first month. This offer replaces all other new customer offers.

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Sling TV is an app-based TV service allowing viewers to stream live television and on-demand content over the internet. Options include Channel Add-ons, Premiums Add-ons, DVR Plus and more.

Vudu Launches April Fool’s Day Comedy Sale

Vudu, Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand service, is launching an April Fool’s Day weekend sale (through April 4) on classic comedy films.

The service is offering sales on titles such as Mike Judge’s IdiocracyRomy & Michele’s High School Reunion and Airplane.  Comedy movie bundles on sale include the “Horrible Bosses” movies, the “Miss Congeniality” bundle, the Eddie Murphy four-film collection and the “Naked Gun” trilogy.

Titles are discounted up to 50% off regular prices.

Each week throughout the month of April, Vudu will host various sales devoted to comedic subgenres such as action comedies, raunchy comedies, horror comedies and family-oriented comedies.

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Vudu Hosting Weekend Sale on Viz Media Anime Series ‘Bleach’

Vudu is hosting a sale this weekend on Viz Media’s Japanese animated television series “Bleach,” based on Tite Kubo’s manga series, available on digital for the first time ever.   

Consumers can purchase the complete “Bleach” series (13 Seasons, 366 episodes) as one bundle for a special price from Feb. 25-28.

The complete series bundle can be purchased for $99.99 (regularly priced at $519.87 for all 13 seasons).

In the series, high school student Ichigo Kurosaki, who has the ability to see ghosts, gains soul reaper powers from Rukia Kuchiki and sets out to save the world from “Hollows.”

Fandango-owned Vudu is a transactional VOD service, offering more than 200,000 titles for digital rental or purchase.

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Vudu Launches Year-End Sale

Vudu, Fandango’s digital purchase and rental content service, is hosting a year-end sale through Jan. 3

Consumers who spend $40 or more on movie or TV content on Vudu receive a code for $10 off additional movies and TV purchases at the beginning of the year.  More details can be found at https://www.watchvudu.com/yearend.

In addition, many titles are on sale to purchase for as low as $7.99, and throughout the next two weeks, Vudu is offering thousands of additional movies, television seasons and bundled sets, many in 4K Ultra HD, for $4.99 and up.

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NPD Group to Be Acquired by Private Equity Firm

Research provider The NPD Group announced that private equity firm Hellman & Friedman has made a binding offer and entered into an exclusive agreement to acquire the company.

Under the deal, NPD executive chairman Tod Johnson and CEO Karyn Schoenbart will retain a minority stake in the business and continue to serve on the NPD board of directors.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2021, subject to the entry into the definitive sale agreement and satisfaction of its conditions.

“As a leading source of market information and advisory services for general merchandise and foodservice, NPD is committed to helping our clients and the industries we serve achieve data-driven growth for many years to come,” Johnson said in a statement. “H&F shares our focus on long-term growth and has the resources and expertise to not only continue but also accelerate NPD’s momentum and long track record of success. Both Karyn and I are delighted to have the opportunity to partner as minority investors alongside H&F as we work in close collaboration on a long-term strategic plan and transition over time to the next generation of NPD leadership.”    

“In a period of rapid change, NPD has helped guide our clients with omnichannel data, industry expertise, and analytics to help them understand unprecedented market shifts,” Schoenbart said in a statement. “It has been exciting to play an increasingly important role in the strategies of our clients by providing insight into what is happening today and what to anticipate in the future. We expect H&F to continue our tradition of client partnership and innovation with new products, data sources, and next generation platforms to make our information even more comprehensive, accessible, and actionable.”

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“Trusted by more than 2,000 customers in 19 countries, NPD is a market leader in its categories with an outstanding value proposition for customers and retailers. Tod and Karyn have led the company to great heights, and we look forward to working closely with them to build on this strong momentum,” Philip Hammarskjold, executive chairman of H&F, said in a statement.

“Rapidly evolving consumer expectations and the growth of e-commerce are accelerating the pace of change in the retail landscape. In an environment of unknowns, the ability for companies to use omnichannel analytics to measure and improve performance is more important than ever before, and NPD is extremely well positioned to provide these critical insights to its customers and retail partners,” Blake Kleinman, partner at H&F, said in a statement.

Founded in 1966, NPD is the eighth-largest market research company worldwide, with operations in the Americas, Europe and APAC, covering more than 20 industries.

Best Buy Black Friday Deals Start

Best Buy Oct. 19-22 is offering hundreds of Black Friday deals available on tech, including everything from headphones to laptops and TVs.

Deals include $599 for a Samsung 70-inch 4K Smart TV ($150 savings), $169 for Beats Studio 3 headphones in matte black ($180 savings), Chromebooks as low as $99, Windows laptops as low as $189.99, and $540 savings on Samsung appliances.

Deals are covered by a Black Friday Price Guarantee, which means the price won’t go lower before Black Friday, according to Best Buy. Best Buy will automatically refund My Best Buy and Best Buy Totaltech members the difference. If the price goes lower before Black Friday and customers are not a member of My Best Buy or Best Buy Totaltech, they can still be reimbursed by visiting their local store or contacting the Best Buy customer care team and requesting a price match under our Price Match Guarantee, according to the chain.

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At Best Buy, Black Friday starts a week early on Nov. 19. Best Buy stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25. Customers who would still like to shop that day can shop on BestBuy.com or through the Best Buy app.

Vudu Mounting Sci-Fi and Fantasy Title Sale

Fandango’s TVOD service Vudu is mounting several sales on science-fiction and fantasy titles.

Taking place Aug. 31 through Sept. 13 is Vudu’s Summer of Savings: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Sale, featuring more than a hundred titles at 25% off, such as blockbuster bundles including the Lord of the RingsThe HobbitStar Trek and Godzilla franchises, as well as recent titles such as Nicolas Cage’s Willy’s Wonderland, Anthony Mackie’s Synchronic and Bruce Willis’ Cosmic Sin. Also included in the sale are: Avatar, Labyrinth, Interstellar, Ready Player One, They Live, Limitless, Arrival, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Total Recall, War of the Worlds (2005) and Edge of Tomorrow.

Other sci-fi-related sales include the Marvel Studios sale, Aug. 31-Sept. 8, with titles up to 60% off (select titles such as Black Panther and Captain Marvel for $7.99, with the four-movie Avengers collection for $29.99); “Pixar Fest,” Aug. 31-Sept. 15, with select Pixar titles, such as  Luca, Onward, Up and WALL-E, available at $9.99 each; and 1950s films at $5 each Aug. 31-Sept. 14, including The Incredible Shrinking Man, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature, It Came from Outer Space, It Came from Beneath the Sea, It! the Terror from Beyond Space and The War of the Worlds (1953).

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