MoviePass Reveals $9.95/Month Plan for 3 Films, Ditching Peak Pricing and No Longer Limiting Major Movies

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    MoviePass is restructuring its subscription model once again, today announcing that it will not be raising prices for its subscribers and instead return to its traditional $9.95/month price tag while limiting how often users can go to the movies every month. Effective August 15, subscribers will transition to the new model upon their renewal and from then on be able to see three movies every month at $9.95.


    The move follows negative responses that the company received after it announced its intention to raise the base subscription price to $14.95/month just last week. These users will also gain access to up to a $5.00 discount on any additional movie tickets purchased after they see their three allotted movies in any given month.
    MoviePass has had a turbulent summer, beginning with the introduction of Peak Pricing in July, rolling out Ticket Verification to all users, and restricting major film releases from its subscribers for the first two weeks of release. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal today, MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe confirmed that all of these changes are now being abandoned.
    This means that the three films subscribers will be able to see each month will "include many major studio first-run films." The company says that about 85 percent of its subscribers already only see three or fewer films per month, leading to the decision to install the new plan for its entire subscriber base.

    Still, it's a major change in comparison to what MoviePass announced one year ago this month, allowing users to see one movie per day every month at $9.95. The new model is akin to what MoviePass was before it surged in popularity last year, when it offered price tiers like $50/month for six movies.

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  2. yaxomoxay macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2010
    Should be worth it where prices for movie tickets are high.
    So far I am enjoying my switch to AMC’s A-List.
  3. benji888 macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2006
    United States
    MoviePass advertises itself as an Unlimited, movie a day service… now they are saying this about going to a 3 ticket a month plan: “…to bring some moderation to the small number of subscribers who imposed undue cost on the system by viewing a disproportionately large number of movies…” so they blame people who try to use it the way they advertised for their own short term thinking?? I have zero respect for these people.

    > Key word here is “many” not “all”…
    “…The new plan will include many major studio first-run films. …”

    Just more B.S. trying to save themselves. Here's the full press release:

    They’ve got so many people cancelling and switching to AMC or Sinemia or other that they’ve adopted something similar, but, without advance ticketing, nor premium upgrades, and who knows whether you’ll get to see the major studio first-run films you want to see? (And, what about Indie films?) With other plans you can see any film. (They are not saying "Unlimited", so, they can still impose the same kind of limitations they do now if they want to.)

    Still no advance ticketing.
    > Big problem I have is, I have to do advance ticketing now. Just a few months ago the local cinema upgraded to recliners and reserved seating, adding the ability to pick your seat online/in your phone. That would be ok, except, now that it has caught on, people are advance ticketing, and, with less seats, it’s nearly impossible to just go there and get a good seat. Most of the other cinemas I go to less frequently have also upgraded to mostly recliners and reserved seating, except for the IMAX, (that IMAX opened about 5 years ago, it’s 4 stories high with leather seating, armrests (w/cupholders) that go up/down, seatbacks recline a bit, it’s actually pretty nice).

    So, I’m still glad I cancelled.

    > Yearly plan? If you are on a MP yearly billing cycle that started in 2017, see this on reddit: (No, this isn't about the change for monthly users, this is about limiting what you can see, peak pricing, etc.)
  4. GizmoDVD macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2008
    A new week brings more new changes. Nothing ever sticks. Will they even last until Halloween?
  5. dontwalkhand macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I’m with Sinemia. They allow advance ticketing and it’s not a hot mess like Moviepass.
  6. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    The stock price of Helios & Matheson (the parent of Moviepass) is up 50% this morning based on this news..
  7. jakecdemp macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2015
    This sounds like a totally reasonable compromise. Where I live, the price of a single ticket is about $11, so it would still be worthwhile for me even if I only saw 1 film a month.

    The problem is now that MoviePass have proven themselves to be completely untrustworthy and in the process alienated a significant majority of their customer base, myself included. Who's to say they won't come up with some crazy new way to jerk everyone around in another few months? It's definitely been a turbulent few weeks and it sounds like they're making good efforts to improve, but I think the damage is done.
  8. kingpushup macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2013
    “Many” (not all) means more “whipsaw”

    Mac-related this is not (just sayin)
  9. Corsig macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2008
    Too late. I canceled already. I had enough of the see saw mentality
  10. JustiNYCity macrumors member


    Jan 6, 2009
    I cancelled last week and was still charged for a new month yesterday. HOT MESS.
  11. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    These guys have no idea what they're doing. It'll change again.
  12. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
  13. earthTOmitchel Contributing Editor


    Staff Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    I've been worrying about this, but don't seem to have a charge on my account yet. I've heard their support is a nightmare so hopefully you get it sorted easily!
  14. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    I wish them luck. Back when I lived in a city, I saw 3 movies every weekend. This was in 2010 and the cost was around $9 per movie. I don't know what it is now but I'd have paid $30 a month to have an all-inclusive cost.

    $10 for 3 and $5 discount thereafter seems pretty good. Still don't know how they'll make money at that price considering they themselves pay full price for the tickets to the theatre.

    Nearest real movie theatre (stadium seating, not just a room with folding chairs and a 200" projector) is 90 minutes south of me and another 2 hours north of me. I just wait for everything to come out on iTunes now. Haven't seen a film in theatres in a few years. I really miss it a lot.
  15. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
  16. Zoboomafoo macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2002
    Days? Where is this confidence coming from? There are so many hours left in this one.
  17. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I almost said hours, lol. I was going to edit the post but was like eh, by the time I do that it will probably be gone.
  18. Wildhope macrumors member


    Feb 6, 2017
  19. verniesgarden macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2007
    Portland, Or
    This should have been one of their first moves. Shift people over after their terms were over. New people under new terms. Less break of trust.
  20. redneckitengineer macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2017
    I think when my annual subscription comes up for renewal I’ll jump ship. I’ve already prepaid my year, I’m still able to see some thing, so I’ll just ride out into the sunset with MP.
  21. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    I just wonder how this is/isn't going to affect yearly subscribers that agreed to a "Terms of Service" stating, "Any Movie, Any Time, Any day"? I have a yearly subscription and have already been denied what I signed up for. Blacked out movies, time restrictions and all out NO movies available at any time.
  22. sidewinder3000 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    This new plan has a bad ring to it. It should be 4 per month, so they can say that it’s “a movie a week”. 3 is just... weak.

    Curious how this will effect me since I prepaid for the entire year? I’d hope that would lock me into the unlimited plan for 12 months, but we’ll see. Does anyone know for sure?
  23. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    If they stick with this business model, I expect it to be a winner.

    But I expect it to change in less than a month.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 6, 2018 ---
    Up from a whopping 7 cents a share
  24. sidewinder3000 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    I’m also a yearly subscriber, though I’ve never been denied. I’m curious how this applies to us.

    How many movies have you seen? I think I’ve seen 35.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 6, 2018 ---
    AMC’s model is obviously more sustainable because they profit from concession sales whereas MoviePass doesn’t. My problem with AMC is that they only have theatres in downtown Chicago, not in any north side neighborhoods.
  25. PaulRustad007 macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2015
    Ah, Movie Pass.....

    It was nice to know while you were
    young and full of energy
    Then the creak and groans arrived, signaling middle age.
    No longer the vibrancy of youth
    The hair has receded

    After the last two weeks of not knowing what you could see, if you could see it, and having every movie at every theater at every time being "Peak Pricing" and then over this last weekend not one theater in 20 miles radius was available to use the Pass at.

    I gave up. I cancelled. I switched to AMC and now, I can see 3 movies a week, any time, any version, and book online in advance and even order my popcorn over the app and have it ready for me when I walk in the theater.

    It was fun while it lasted.

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