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According to CNET (This article and its images were originally posted on CNET August 6, 2018 at 10:32AM.)
The latest development in MoviePass’ financial drama is simplification: one plan, three movies, $10 a month, starting August 15.
It comes less than a week after saying it would be raising its prices to $15 and dropping blockbuster availability, which followed on the heels of a failed attempts to institute peak pricing and fallout because people couldn’t get in to see Mission Impossible – Fallout, because it couldn’t pay its payment processors.
The company clarified its new pricing structure for us via email:
- Subscribers can see 3 movies/month for $9.95 and up to a $5 discount for any additional movie tickets
- Includes many major studio first run films
- Suspended Peak Pricing and Ticket Verification for subscribers who have migrated to the new plan
Monthly subscribers will be given the opportunity to subscribe to the new plan when their current plan comes up for renewal — beginning August 15. Annual subscribers will not be affected by this plan until their renewal date.
Note that the terms state “many” major films. It sounds like the company’s hedging its bets in case of any disputes with big chains or ticket-fulfillment glitches as it has in the past; AMC has forced MoviePass into workarounds and recently started its own subscription service, for example. It also drops the controversial fraud-preventative ticket verification option that required you to send a photograph of your ticket stub.
This is the eleventh major change in the company’s pricing strategy in the seven years it’s been around. According to the initial report in the Wall Street Journal (sorry, paywall), recent financial woes started when it was bought by Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc.; Helios dropped the price to an unsustainable $10 per month for a movie a day.
The move also follows a defensive statement issued last week by Helios and Matheson — “We’re still standing” — intended to soothe skittish investors and subscribers. Is anyone else thinking of Monty Python and the Holy Grail right now?
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