FandangoNow Merges Into Expanding Vudu Streaming App
Fandango, the online movie ticket and streaming service company owned by NBCUniversal, announced that it is merging the FandangoNow cloud-based movie store and theater ticket service app into Vudu’s cloud-based movie store keeping the “Vudu” name for the new operation.
NBCUniversal, which acquired Vudu from Walmart in 2020, said the new newly combined Vudu service will offer more than 200,000 new releases and library movie and television show titles along with Fandango online theatrical movie ticket service and other offerings.
Both FandangoNow and Vudu are part of the Movies Anywhere digital content locker service that enabled registering online versions of purchased DVDs and Blu-ray movie discs in order to view those movies via multiple streaming devices linked to cloud-based servers.
At the same time, Vudu will become Roku’s official film and TV store through a revenue-sharing arrangement with the smart TV OS-developer, media streaming devices maker and ad-supported content provider.
According to the NPD Group, the service is available in more than 75 million U.S. households with connected-TV devices households. Vudu has more than 60 million registered users.
Former FandangoNow users are being instructed to transfer and update their accounts and online purchased movies and a TV show libraries to Vudu starting now. Roku’s Movie Store and TV Store will automatically update on Roku platforms.
“At Fandango, we’ve been building a digital network that super-serves tens of millions of fans across the entire entertainment lifecycle, from movie and TV discovery with Rotten Tomatoes, to our three theatrical ticketing apps and now an even larger scale Vudu on-demand streaming destination,” stated Fandango president Paul Yanover. “During a time where consumers have a myriad of viewing options, we’re proud to deliver a service that presents an unparalleled library of content, many titles that are not available on subscription services, and the flexibility to pay as you go.”
“Consumer excitement for premium video on-demand has grown significantly as users turn to streaming to access the latest movies and TV show releases,” added Tedd Cittadine, Roku content partnerships VP. “We’re thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with Fandango as we build a future where all TV will be streamed by creating a seamless experience for users to discover and enjoy premium video-on-demand releases.”
Vudu delivers multiple 4K Ultra HD audio-visual experiences, including premium sound and picture features including Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound, 4K Ultra HD, Full HD and HD resolution, Dolby Vision dynamic metadata and HDR 10 static metadata high dynamic range (HDR).
The Vudu app is available on most smart TVs and media streamer devices from brands including: Samsung, LG, Vizio, Roku, Fire TV and Android TV partners; Apple TV; Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex; PlayStation; Xbox; TiVo; and others.
The service provides regularly rotating special pricing deals and movie bundles for purchases and offers a large library of free ad-supported movies and TV programs.
The company said that merging the two services will enable it to “rapidly innovate and make bolder, faster enhancements to benefit consumers and partners, especially important during an ever-changing media landscape.”
The new entity will link Vudu’s expansive movie sales and streaming infrastructure with Fandango’s scale in theatrical ticketing.
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By Greg Tarr
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