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Old Nov 5, 2012, 08:34 AM   #1
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iOS 6.1 to Add Siri-Based Movie Ticket Purchases via Fandango




9to5Mac reports that among the new features included in the iOS 6.1 beta seeded to developers late last week is the ability to purchase movie tickets through Siri. The feature, which is currently limited to the United States, integrates with Fandango to facilitate purchases.
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When a user asks for movie tickets for a certain movie, the applicable showtimes and theater information will be shown. Then, a user can click the buy movie tickets button and they will be routed to finish their purchase via the Fandango app from the App Store. If the user does not have Fandango installed, Siri provides a button to download the Fandango app.

Apple says that the feature is currently exclusive to users in the U.S. Additionally, developers who have used the feature say that it is not compatible with all theaters. Compatible theaters listed by Siri are accompanied by a small movie tickets icon.
Siri already offers some movie theater features, including the ability to look up showtimes, access reviews, and play trailers, and Fandango integration marks an expansion of Apple's partnerships with third-party apps such as Yelp and OpenTable to extend Siri's functionality.

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Old Nov 5, 2012, 08:36 AM   #2
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I can understand using Siri to actually 'look up' information, but purchasing things? A lot of people would feel more comfortable taking control of the device and just using their fingers..
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 08:37 AM   #3
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why not from iTunes store?
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 08:39 AM   #4
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I buy movie tickets through Fandango all the time... so being able to have Siri do it will work out great IMO...
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What happens when Siri misunderstands? It's not like that never happens
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 08:44 AM   #6
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I'd be more impressed if you could actually buy the tickets through Siri without needing to go to the Fandango app. But I suppose you have to have some layer of security preventing anyone from just buying up tickets via voice alone.

It would also be nice if Fandango added more theaters that could use mobile ticketing through Passbook.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 08:44 AM   #7
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No doubt just for the USA!!!

Just read the full post.... Oh yet it is
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Just what I want. The ability to take wildly unreliable software and give it my credit card.

The other day my friend told Siri to call me and it interpreted that as "Call 911." These sort of stories are bound to get even more hilarious once money is involved.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 08:48 AM   #9
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Besides international support, I kind of wish it was a little more automated.

Ask Siri to buy tickets for a movie. Then it replies vocally to confirm, stating the movie's name and how many tickets (maybe with the ability to differentiate between general admission and children's tickets, etc). You can glance at the screen to be totally sure.

Then you confirm vocally and it charges your iTunes account.

Or perhaps instead of charging your iTunes account, there could be an API for movie ticket apps. You install Fandango or Cineplex or whatever, register one of the apps with Siri, and when Siri buys tickets it charges your CC via the app. But the app never appears on screen. Maybe the API can be smart enough to choose which app to use based on what theatre you're going to. Cineplex obviously won't have AMC tickets.

Something like that
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 08:48 AM   #10
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I'm glad they are pushing forward with having Siri do more and more. That said, after reading the articles last week on how much better Google's voice-search app is than Siri (in terms of understanding your voice, better query responses, etc.), I'd much prefer in this new Post-Scott Forestall (sp?) era that Apple convince me that it is doubling down on Siri's basics rather than let me know I can now more quickly spend money on a movie ticket.
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What happens when Siri misunderstands? It's not like that never happens
Good thing it doesn't just buy them, but confirms it first...
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What happens when Siri misunderstands? It's not like that never happens
You don't buy the ticket that it suggests, you still have to tap to buy.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 08:41 AM   #13
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I can understand using Siri to actually 'look up' information, but purchasing things? A lot of people would feel more comfortable taking control of the device and just using their fingers..
All it does is open the Fandango app where you buy it as normal.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 08:59 AM   #14
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I can understand using Siri to actually 'look up' information, but purchasing things? A lot of people would feel more comfortable taking control of the device and just using their fingers..
Remember, you have to click the "buy movie tickets" button to complete the purchase. If Siri pulled up bad info (not unheard of), you still haven't commited to a purchase.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 09:48 AM   #15
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Golly! I think I will probably never use that magical new feature!

I know! How about add some more POIs to Maps and stop the App Store from crashing every time I use it!
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and Siri remains a useless toy
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and Siri remains a useless toy
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 05:36 PM   #18
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Siri is important as we migrate towards more human interfaces. Touch screens are a temporary fad and will age poorly. In 10 years we'll be laughing at how we used to use them - I laugh at them now when i see people scrolling through pages waving their hand around like a seizure, or trying to zoom in with an iphone camera.
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Did Siri pick a theater that was 1155 miles away from the iPhone user? Local results for the win!
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Wow, I totally forgot about this feature being a part of iOS 6. I don't go to the show very often, but maybe this will get me to go more than once per year.
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 08:49 AM   #21
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I'm surprised apple doesn't want a 30% cut of the movie ticket. Or do they?
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I'm surprised apple doesn't want a 30% cut of the movie ticket. Or do they?
30% is only for digital content. Buying physical goods and services do not fall under that category. Hence Starbucks, Fandango, airline tickets, Amazon shopping (not ebooks), etc.
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That's hilarious that they used Argo as an example. I specifically used Siri to get showtimes for this movie a couple weeks ago and Siri could not understand the word "Argo" no matter how many times I tried. You'd think they would add current movies to Siri's dictionary...
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Old Nov 5, 2012, 11:19 AM   #24
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To me this is an update they could roll out whenever it is ready. It should not wait for OS 6.1
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I want siri to be able to turn do not disturb on/off before they start bringing in stuff like this...
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