Although I love my Republic Wireless service, I have been spending time doing other things including work, rest and relaxation. MoviePass currently is a new service I started using last month so I figured I share my experience on my movie going .
This is my quick review of the MoviePass Service . To make it slightly related to this forum it is a review of the MoviePass Google Play App
MoviePass is an American subscription-based movie ticketing service. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in New York City, the service allows subscribers to purchase a single movie ticket per-day for a flat subscription fee per-month ($9.95). The service utilizes a mobile app, where users check-into a cinema and choose a film and show time, which results in the cost of the ticket being loaded to a prepaid debit card, which is used to purchase the ticket from the cinema as usual.
MoviePass is an interesting service. Pay a fixed subscription fee and watch all the movies you want in theaters. Well, up to one movie a day. I knew about the service from a long time ago when it popped onto my radar. When it first started, it seemed like a good idea but it was priced at $30 a month and my “disposable” income just didn’t cover it. Recently, under new management and new directions of where they want to bring the service, the price dropped to $10 a month. Costco also has a deal for a year which brings it even lower. I’m also working now which means I have actual money to save and spend
I asked my friends if they heard about it, they said they had but they don’t watch enough movies in a year to justify a purchase. I didn’t either before where I would go only a couple times a year.
Now that I have the service, I feel like I can be a bit more spontaneous where if I have a weekday off because of my schedule, I can go see a movie. It changes the equation from if the movie is worth the price to if the movie is worth your time and interest. If the movie was not exactly what you were expecting, then your money wasn’t wasted.
However, like any subscription service, it is all about money in, money out. Because of the growth of the company (a quick couple of million subscribers in a few months give or take), some are wondering how the company will survive. They are paying the tickets for each movie but only getting $10 a month from each user. There is funding behind the company but some part of the business plan involves using data to understand the users, and being part of the movie business itself with licensing of movies. As part of big business such as Redbox, Netflix, possibly Amazon, you have to spend money to make money (as you reach the critical mass of users).
It is a tradeoff in many ways. You get a fantastic deal on watching movie theater movies, but like many thing on the internet, you pay with a bit of your privacy and data. Some other issues that people have been facing is not reading the fine print. Moviepass as a service only allows for one ticket per user at a time and one only. To make sure that the card will work for all movies, MoviePass will load extra money to account for changing ticket prices and taxes and take back what wasn’t used. Some couples / families are hitting trouble because the casher (or themselves) try to run tickets together although can be split between multiple cards, triggers fraud and account flags. Customer service is also still playing catch up to the number of users they have.
Overall, it works for me and I am enjoying using it.