Why I Still Endorse MoviePass (but it’s not as great as it had been)
After I strongly promoted MoviePass in January, I wanted to give an update on some of the changes they have recently made. (Unfamiliar with MoviePass? Read my comprehensive post here.)
MoviePass has gotten a lot of press in the past few weeks because they had pulled their $10 a month for unlimited movies offer and replaced it with a 4 movies per month + a subscription to IHeartRadio.com for $7.95 per month.
A lot of people freaked out about it and I was ready to pull my support of MoviePass. In fact, I had publicly said I didn’t support them anymore and was working on writing a post about this.
BUT, then they recanted (or maybe it was part of their strategic plan??) and brought back the $10 a month unlimited offer. Which I was very relieved and happy to see.
3 Big Changes MoviePass Made
However, they made some pretty significant changes in the past week that I think people need to know about before considering signing up for MoviePass:
- You can only watch the same movie once per account. To me, this is kind of a big deal, because this means that you can’t actually see one movie every day… because most theaters don’t show 30 different movies in one month! Of course, there’s no way I could go to a movie every day, but I still am bothered that they are claiming that they are still offering “unlimited movies” for $10 per month. To me, that’s deceptive marketing.
- You can’t login from more than one device. Once you have set up one device as connected to your MoviePass account, you cannot login to your MoviePass from another device.
- Some accounts are being asked to submit a photo of their ticket after they purchase it. This is supposedly to prevent fraud.
I still think that MoviePass can be a great deal. For $10 a month, if you go see 3-4 movies, that’s a great deal. But with these new restrictions in place, I’m not as big of a fan of MoviePass as I once was. However, I’m not pulling my support from them for now.
If you use MoviePass, I’d love to hear your honest thoughts and experiences with it and whether you still like them or have changed your mind because of the changes.
Note: I just saw that there is a new rival for MoviePass called Sinema. It looks like it’s only in California right now and that it’s not as unlimited as MoviePass, but if you live where it’s available, it might be a great option to look into. It looks like it only offers an annual plan right now. Do you have any experience with it? If so, I’d love to hear!