Fandango buys Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster… bad idea?


Fandango, the popular site for buying movie tickets, has announced today that it has acquired Flixster, the social movie site and app, and Rotten Tomatoes, the site that lets you know whether a movie is fresh or rotten according to critics. Its recent acquisition was M-GO, the on-demand video service, and it’s definitely trying to expand itself as more than just a movie ticket company.

Both Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes have 20 million unique visitors per month. Add that with Fandango, and it now has over 63 million unique visitors per month.

Now since Fandango’s business is to sell tickets, is this a bad sign for Rotten Tomatoes? Many use Rotten Tomatoes as a measure of a film’s quality.

Here’s a statement from Fandango President Paul Yanover:

“Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes are invaluable resources for movie fans, and we look forward to growing these successful properties, driving more theatrical ticketing and super-serving consumers with all their movie needs.”

Yep, they definitely are in the business to sell movie tickets.

Do you think this is the end for Rotten Tomatoes?

Via Deadline

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