×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Fandango Acquires M-GO Movie Service from Dreamworks Animation And Technicolor

NBCUniversal-owned online ticketing service Fandango has acquired the movie streaming service M-GO from its joint owners  Dreamworks Animation and Technicolor. Financial terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed.

This marks just the latest acquisition for Fandango. In September, Fandango bought the Brazilian ticketing site Ingresso. And in 2014, it bought the YouTube network Movieclips.

Fandango said in a release Friday that it wants to use M-Go to build “new moviegoing products and services.” Universal also plans to work together with Technicolor to explore virtual and augmented reality products.

It’s worth noting that the release didn’t spell out any future plans for M-Go itself. A Fandango spokesperson declined to comment when asked whether the company aims to keep the brand alive.

Dreamworks Animation and Technicolor launched M-Go as a joint venture in 2013. Initially, both companies had big plans for the service, including the possibility to add other kinds of media. M-Go briefly even considered launching a live TV service, but eventually abandoned those plans.

The company is best known for its collaboration with Roku; M-Go’s download store is the default movie and TV show store on Roku’s platform. M-Go also tried to broaden its customer base by taking over Samsung’s movie streaming customers when the device maker decided to shutter its movie store in 2014.

However, M-Go always competed with other, much bigger video platforms, including Apple’s iTunes, Walmart’s Vudu and Google’s Play Store.

In the end, M-Go’s biggest competitor may have been Netflix, which is conditioning its subscribers to watch titles as part of a subscription package, instead of paying for the sale or rental of every single title. This has led to more consolidation in the space; just this week, FilmOn acquired Cinemanow from Regent Equity Partners.

More Digital

  • Amazon Music

    Amazon Music Launches on Comcast's Xfinity X1 Set-Tops

    Amazon Music is rolling out on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 — the first pay-TV distribution deal for the ecommerce company’s music service. The cable operator’s addition of Amazon Music comes six months after it added Amazon Prime Video to the X1 lineup. Prime Video quickly became one of the most-used apps on the service, which prompted [...]

  • The Frontier

    Conecta Fiction: Project Pitches Prizes Passed Out in Pamplona

    On Wednesday evening the Spanish city of Pamplona was overrun, not by bulls, but by hopeful TV creators who had spent the early week pitching their projects at Conecta Fiction, and who anxiously waited to find out the titles which would take home silverware. Meanwhile, “Monzón,” a Disney-Pampa-Incaa production portraying the tragic violence of Argentine [...]

  • YouTube logo

    Why Splitting Up YouTube Is a Terrible Idea

    Facing mounting pressure over failures to protect children from inappropriate content, Google is reportedly considering a number of changes to its video sharing site YouTube. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that one of the ideas circulated internally was to effectively split up YouTube, and spin out all children’s content into the existing YouTube Kids [...]

  • Niantic's Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Game

    ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ to Launch This Week

    “Pokemon Go” maker Niantic is getting ready to launch its next big game: “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” is set to launch in June 21, the company revealed in a tweet this week. The worldwide launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite begins this Friday, June 21! Keep your eyes peeled and wand ready for more information [...]

  • google podcast creator program

    Google, PRX Unveil Second Slate of Their Podcasts Creator Program (EXCLUSIVE)

    Roughly a year after first unveiling its podcasts creator program, Google is renewing its commitment to train budding podcasters. Together with public radio and podcast distributor PRX, Google has chosen 6 podcasters from around the world to participate in the next round of the creator program. The podcasts included in the second cohort are “37 [...]

  • Camila Cabello

    Camila Cabello Reveals Podcast Obsessions, Teases New Album at Cannes Lions

    Camila Cabello was the featured speaker at a Tuesday afternoon panel at Cannes Lions, the annual gathering of marketing, design and entertainment professionals in the south of France. Joined by Spotify chief content officer Dawn Ostroff, the talk, moderated by Variety editor Shirley Halperin, was centered around the theme of the golden age of sound [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content