Fandango acquires Flixster, Rotten Tomatoes
Ticket-selling service Fandango, owned by cable giant Comcast, is diversifying its online movie offerings after striking a deal to buy Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes from Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Rotten Tomatoes, whose “Tomatometer” has garnered the website a loyal following of over 20 million monthly visitors, aggregates movie reviews and review scores. Flixster, Rotten Tomatoes’ sister website, allows users to share and discover new TV shows and movies, as well as rent or buy digital movies.
Warner Bros. Entertainment, the film studio owned by Time Warner, will remain a strategic partner and receive a minority stake in Fandango, the companies said Wednesday. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
“From learning about new movies to getting to the movies to the home entertainment experience, this gives us the chance to create a consistent, one-stop shop, high quality experience for the entire movie cycle,” Fandango President Paul Yanover said.
Fandango purchased streaming service M-Go in January and plans to re-brand it later this year as part of its digital network. Fandango’s acquisition doesn’t include Flixster’s video streaming service. But Flixster plans to switch its users over to Fandango’s video service later this year and shut down its own service.
According to Yanover, the deal could lead to new services, including “super tickets” for major film franchises like The Avengers or the Fast and Furious movies. “You could buy a bundle that includes a movie ticket, a previous movie from the franchise, and a pre-purchase copy for the home entertainment version of the movie,” he said.