Is Sinemia A MoviePass Killer?

Watch out MoviePass, there's a new kid on the block.

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MoviePass has been in the news quite a bit lately as it tinkers with its one-movie-per-day membership plan, even offering a four-movies-per-month subscription at one point. While the company maintains the move was a promotional package, it's left some users wondering about the company's long-term viability.

Now comes an alternative. Sinemia has launched a new price structure that has a few advantages over MoviePass, but one major disadvantage. As opposed to the current MoviePass membership that offers a ticket each day of the month, Sinemia's highest price bracket offers a maximum of three tickets each month as part of its $15/month annual subscription.

Given that the top tier is five dollars more than MoviePass with far fewer possible tickets, you might wonder what makes it worthwhile. For starters, MoviePass itself claims that 88% of its subscribers watch two or fewer movies each month. Beyond that, the top two Sinemia tiers offer access to 3D, 4D, and IMAX screenings, as opposed to the standard 2D screenings offered by MoviePass.

Additionally, Sinemia claims in a press release that tickets can be booked at "nearly any theater on any date." MoviePass, on the other hand, required users to be within 100 yards of a plan-approved theater to check in before buying tickets at the box office unless the selected theater offers online sales through the company's app--and only on the day of your screening.

Whether Sinemia--or MoviePass for that matter--is able to survive in the long run remains to be seen. In its press release though, Sinemia founder and CEO Rifat Oguz says, "Since 2014, we've been fine-tuning our model and are now the leading movie subscription service in the Canada, UK, Turkey, and Australia."

The new pricing for Sinemia is available as part of an annual plan can be seen below. More information can be found on Sinemia's website.

  • $4.99 per month for 1 standard movie ticket
  • $6.99 per month for 2 standard movie tickets
  • $9.99 per month for 2 of any movie ticket (3D, 4D, IMAX)
  • $14.99 per month for 3 of any movie ticket (3D, 4D, IMAX)
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