Fandango Media, LLC is an American ticketing company that sells movie tickets via their website as well as through their mobile app, as well as a provider of television and streaming media information, e.g., through its subsidiaries Flixster, Movies.com, and Rotten Tomatoes.
Fandango was founded April 27, 2000, after which revenue increased rapidly for several years. However, as the Internet grew in popularity, small and medium-sized movie-theater chains began to offer independent ticket sale capabilities through their own websites. In addition, a new paradigm of moviegoers’ printing their own tickets at home (with barcodes to be scanned at the theater) emerged, in services offered by PrintTixUSA and by point-of-sale software vendor operated websites like ticketmakers.com (and eventually Fandango itself). Finally, an overall slump in moviegoing continued into the 2000s, as home theaters, DVDs, and high definition televisions proliferated in average households, turning their homes into a preferred place to screen films.
On April 11, 2007, Comcast acquired Fandango, with plans to integrate it into a new entertainment website called “Fancast.com,” set to launch the summer of 2007. In June 2008, the domain Movies.com was acquired from Disney. With Comcast’s purchase of a majority stake in NBCUniversal in January 2011 (full ownership in 2013), Fandango and all other Comcast media assets were merged into the company.
In March 2012, Fandango announced a partnership with Yahoo! Movies, making Fandango the official online and mobile ticketer for registered users of the Yahoo! service. That October, Paul Yanover was named President of Fandango.
Fandango made its first international acquisition in September 2015 when it bought the Brazilian ticketing company Ingresso, which provides ticketing to a variety of Brazilian entertainment events, including the biannual Rock in Rio festival.
On January 29, 2016, Fandango announced its acquisition of M-GO, a joint venture between Technicolor SA and DreamWorks Animation (NBCUniversal acquired the latter company three months later), which it would later rebrand as “FandangoNOW”.
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In February 2016, Fandango announced its acquisition of Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes from Time Warner’s Warner Bros. Entertainment. As part of the deal, Warner Bros. would become a 30% shareholder of the combined Fandango company.
In December 2016, Fandango Media purchased Cinepapaya, a Peru-based website for purchasing movie tickets, for an undisclosed amount. Later that same month, Fandango moved to Fox Interactive Media’s former headquarters in Beverly Hills.
In early 2016, Fandango acquired the Video On Demand (VOD) movie streaming service M-GO. Fandango re-branded M-GO to FandangoNow (stylized as FandangoNOW). FandangoNOW is compatible with the Movies Anywhere digital rights locker that serves many large film studios, and is the primary digital film service for Roku; the service can be accessed via a shortcut on Roku’s remote controls, and enjoys prime placement on Roku’s home menus and search services.
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