Dec 1, 2005 06:35 ET
Fandango and TiVo to Launch the First Major Television Application for Movie Information and Ticketing
The Nation’s Largest Movie Ticketing Service Teams With Leading Television Services Company for DVRs
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Starting today, entertainment fans will be able to quickly and easily purchase movie tickets through the TV using their remote controls.
The first major movie information and ticketing service available through a digital video recorder (DVR) debuts today as Fandango, the nation’s largest online, phone and mobile movie ticketing provider, rolls out its new service integrated with TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO) . With Fandango’s first set-top box application, consumers will be able to access movie information and purchase movie tickets from their living rooms via their TiVo(R) Series2(TM) DVRs connected to their broadband home network.
At launch, the Fandango service will offer TiVo subscribers:
* Comprehensive movie information, including showtimes for all movies;
* Comprehensive theater information with quick access to a personalized
list of favorite locations;
* The ability to purchase tickets for new movies, sortable by “Now in
Theaters”, “Opening This Week”, “Coming Soon” and “Top Box Office.”
“This alliance furthers our goal of ubiquitous consumer access,” said Art Levitt, President and CEO of Fandango. “Fandango’s service on TiVo DVRs represents our fourth interactive platform: set-top boxes. We are already the leaders in movie ticketing on the Web, phone and mobile — and with our new TiVo collaboration, we are thrilled to offer movie ticketing via TV sets. With advance tickets already on sale for upcoming films such as The Chronicles of Narnia and King Kong, we expect our new feature to be a big hit.”
Fandango, the nation’s largest movie ticketing service, sells tickets to approximately 13,000 screens and 1,100 theaters (nearly 70 percent of theaters in the U.S. enabled for remote ticketing) and to four out of the five largest U.S. theater circuits (according to National Association of Theater Owners, June 2005). A consortium of the nation’s largest theater chains (including Regal Entertainment Group, Carmike Cinemas, Cinemark, Loews Cineplex Entertainment and Century Theatres, among others), Fandango sells tickets to more screens than all of its competitors combined. One of the Web’s top movie destinations (according to Nielsen//NetRatings), Fandango allows moviegoers to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, read reviews, view trailers and buy tickets up to 45 days in advance. Fandango is available at www.fandango.com, 1-800-FANDANGO and via your wireless device at mobile.fandango.com.
TiVo and Series2 are trademarks of TiVo Inc. worldwide.
CONTACT: Harry Medved of Fandango, Inc., +1-310-451-7690, ext. 112, or
Web site: http://mobile.fandango.com/
Web site: http://www.fandango.com/