MoviePass Sues Competing Service Sinemia

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If you love going to the movies and you live in the U.S., there is a pretty good chance you signed up for MoviePass within the last year. $9.99 per month for a movie ticket a day is hard to beat, even though many have questioned whether it is actually sustainable in the long run. For those of us outside the U.S., however, there hasn’t been any similar options available up until now. Fortunately, a competing service called Sinemia has just recently launched in the U.S. along with several other regions. The bad news is they are also being sued by MoviePass for patent infringement. Hit the jump for more details.

According to Variety, MoviePass filed a patent infringement lawsuit against competing service Sinemia on Friday. They are alleging that Sinemia has stolen two of their key features: a mobile app that verifies the user’s location and the use of a subscription card to redeem tickets. MoviePass has held patents for both of these since 2013, so it sounds like they may have a pretty solid case here.

That being said, it seems unlikely that Sinemia poses much of an immediate threat to MoviePass in the United States, considering that their deals are not nearly as economical. Their monthly options are $9.99 / month for two movie tickets or $14.99 / month for three, although unlike MoviePass that includes IMAX and 3D screenings. They also allow you to purchase tickets online ahead of time. Is anyone out there already a Sinemia member? If not, do you plan on signing up?

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  • Colin

    I use MoviePass but the ability to purchase tickets online ahead of time would be ‘uge

  • woo

    I get what you’re saying but in reality, that would be awful. The theatre would sell out hours in advance and I’m sure a lot of people wouldn’t even show up.

  • Jake

    One thing is clear, Movie Pass certainly has the better name.