MoviePass: Too Good to be True?

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By Hannah Shaffer

MoviePass has blown up on college campuses, and WKU is no exception. With MoviePass, cardholders are able to see a movie a day every day of the month for one subscription price. Students use MoviePass to be able to see movies on a college student’s budget, paying $10 a month instead of paying $11.50 per movie.

Until recently, MoviePass subscribers were able to watch their favorite movies in theaters over and over again, and never had to tell their friends that they couldn’t go to the movies because they didn’t have the money to go.

On April 27, 2018, however, MoviePass has changed its policy. Subscribers can now only see each movie one time, because the account tracks the movies seen.

Graduate student Christopher Storath, from Nashville, was not happy with the new changes to MoviePass. “If I like a movie, I want to be able to see it more than once, I don’t want to have to pay to see it multiple times,” Storath said. “With the changes you can’t even see one movie a day because there aren’t 30 movies out each month.”

The new terms of service update for MoviePass says, “We recently updated our Terms of Service to reflect that MoviePass subscribers are only permitted to see a select movie in theaters once with your MoviePass. We hope this will encourage you to see new movies and enjoy something different!”

There are only 11 movies being widely released this May so MoviePass’s claim that you can see a new movie each day of the week is no longer valid after this change. With these changes, MoviePass also released a new plan option. For $7.95 a month, plan subscribers can see three movies a month and have an extended three-month trial of iHeartRadio All-Access.

This new option may become college students’ new preferred way to pay for movies, because it would equal out to $2.65 per movie ticket.

With these changes, will MoviePass stay as popular as it currently is? Only time will tell.

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