Fandango Buys Flixster And Rotten Tomatoes
NBCUniversal-owned Fandango continues to broaden past film ticketing, saying at this time that it has acquired Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes from Warner Bros. Leisure.
Flixster permits customers to study extra about films, whereas Rotten Tomatoes is one of the best-recognized aggregator of film evaluations — it’s ubiquitous sufficient that folks complain about its impact on movie criticism. Each providers will live on as standalone web sites/apps, however the streaming service Flixster Video (which isn’t a part of the acquisition) will shut down later this yr.
The possession historical past is a bit difficult right here, with Rotten Tomatoes altering palms a couple of occasions earlier than being acquired by Flixster in 2010, which in flip was purchased by Warner Bros. the next yr. And now, because of the acquisition, Warner Bros. is taking a minority stake in Fandango.
“Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes are invaluable assets for film followers, and we look ahead to rising these profitable properties, driving extra theatrical ticketing and tremendous-serving shoppers with all their film wants,” stated Fandango President Paul Yanover within the acquisition launch.
We’ve talked to Fandango prior to now about its purpose to be greater than only a utility for purchasing tickets. It beforehand expanded its content material choices by buying Movieclips and streaming film service M-Go.