I have been an avid supporter of Movie Pass this past year.
I wrote all about why actors should buy Movie Pass.
The company has made a number of updates this month, so I want to review those with you.
Is Movie Pass still worth it after the August 2018 updates?
In this post, I'll tell you how I responded to the recent changes, what I think you should do, and why.
The company CEO sent out an email that stated:
"The new plan will include many major studio first-run films, however there will be some exceptions."
The FAQ's made promises that the movies would only be limited if they were popular.
I was also promised a prescheduled list of movies available on the website so I could plan accordingly.
Here's what that looks like:
KEEP OR CANCEL
When my husband and I woke up a few Saturday mornings previous, we checked out our Movie Pass to plan our day around an afternoon movie time.
We wanted to go see Mile 22. It wasn't opening day, so we thought our odds were good.
To our surprise, the app was full of movie titles again that disappeared during the Movie Pass transition, but half an hour before we left for the theatre our movie title was missing, including a number of others.
There were only three titles left.
We decided to just pay the matinee ticket price and go anyway.
Remember how Movie Pass said movies will be limited based on popularity? There were only six of us in the theatre including myself and my husband.
What a crime.
I decided I was paying $9.95 to enter a rat race on who could get to the movie the fastest.
Did that mean we had to go to the theatre at 8:00am to go buy our ticket for an afternoon showing?
I felt cheated.
We checked the app daily to see if the same movie disappearing act happened. It did. So we cancelled.
On the upside, the Facebook comments are freaking hilarious.
Apparently, Movie Pass also wanted to pour salt in my wounds because instead of paying for my movie tickets like they promised, they're doing all-expense paid giveaways.
Movie Pass made big promises to us that they would make up the difference in ticket prices by generating other sources of revenue, such as selling metadata.
Did they forget? Did it not work? Did they not find other options?
Nothing along those lines was ever communicated to me as a customer during the transitions.
We're back to watching matinees and using our movie theatre's rewards system that gives us free tickets fairly regularly.
I do not currently support anyone purchasing Movie Pass at this time. If you have purchased it, I suggest you cancel it if you've been experiencing "disappearing movies" since the daily titles listed on their site aren't actually always available.
Now that I've cancelled, I can't signup again for nine months. I guess I'll check back again then to see if they've figured out what they originally promised: $9.95 per month while they carried the heavy load of finding a way to make up the difference in ticket prices.
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