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The 3 best ways to hack your MoviePass

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All right. After hearing everyone in your social circle and work life talk about it nonstop, you’ve finally jumped on the MoviePass bandwagon.

Welcome. 

And yes, it’s amazing. For $10 a month, you can see one movie a day at participating theaters. You’ve never had more things to talk about with your casual acquaintances.

“Yet,” you wonder, “is there more?”

With such a weird, obfuscated service like MoviePass, there appear to be many loopholes that a savvy person can use to get an even better deal than unlimited movies for $10 a month. 

The key is the strange protocol of using your app to check into a theater, having MoviePass add money to a credit card, and then buying a ticket from the box office/kiosk. It opens the door to a number of hacks. 

Let’s show you how to be the best MoviePass subscriber you can be. Just keep in mind that this fluid system may shut down these cheats as soon as we list them. They’re still worth a try.

For your conscience’s convenience, I have listed them in order from least to most sketchy. 

1. Go early to get a seat

My biggest complaint about MoviePass is that you have to buy a ticket on the same day that you want to see the movie. For big releases, they might be sold out by the time you get to the theater. 

However, you can buy tickets for the same day well in advance. So, if you want to make sure you get a seat for that 7:00 show, just swing by the theater earlier in the day and buy tickets then. 

2. Get a theater rewards card

If you go to the same theater often, and they offer a rewards card, then definitely go ahead and take advantage of it. So if you go to Regal theaters regularly, get the Regal Rewards card. You’ll earn points with every time you see a film, and you’ll be able to use them on concessions. Some also have other promotions and special events tied to them. Do it!

3. Reserve seats with apps like Fandango

If you really don’t want to miss a movie at a theater with reserved seating, this might be an option for you. It is possible with some apps like Fandango to buy a ticket or two in advance, and reserve whatever seats you need. Then, when you get to the theater, cancel one of the tickets on the app, and buy it with MoviePass. 

There are a lot of ways that this could go wrong, but give it a shot if ya’d like. 

Bonus hack: scalp ’em!

If you have TONS of time to kill and want to make a quick $6, then you could buy a ticket for a busy movie and then go outside and try to sell it. Or give it away. 

You’ll definitely get in trouble if you get caught by theater staff, but it’s your life.

Important note:

If you search for MoviePass hacks, you’re going to see a lot of people saying that you can load up your card by checking into a theater and then use the money on concessions, 3D movies, etc. MoviePass explicitly says that they will charge you $25 if they think you’ve done this. 

According to the terms of service:

If you use your MoviePass Card for any purpose other than to purchase a 2D movie ticket at a theater kiosk, or we have reason to believe that you have done so, you acknowledge and agree that we have the right to charge a fee of $25 (twenty-five U.S. dollars) (“Penalty Fee”) per occurrence on the form of payment you provided to us for your MoviePass subscription. If you believe that you have been charged a Penalty Fee in error, you may contact customer service to dispute the charge within 60 days of incurring such charge.

So don’t do this. 

Lastly, always use the theater kiosk. Some theater chains still frown on MoviePass and multiple reports exist of box office employees making things difficult for users. Skip the humans and let the machines do the work on the ticketing side of things. 

Have fun, and don’t talk during the movie! 

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/01/27/moviepass-hacks/

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8K TVs are coming, but you probably shouldn’t buy one yet

Charmaine Blake

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8K TV. Can you tell?

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“Every now and then, TV manufacturers start a new trend to keep the hype for their products going. If you bought a TV in the last year, a salesman probably told you that some iteration of HDR is a must-have. Your current TV likely supports 3D — and I bet you haven’t used that feature in ages.

The hot new thing at this year’s IFA, Berlin’s trade show which gathers the largest consumer electronics manufacturers, was 8K TVs. I’ve seen those TVs, and I can tell you, they all had an absolutely stunning picture.

I can also tell you that you absolutely don’t need one.

TVs with 8K resolution — that’s (typically) 7,680×4,320 pixels — have been around for a while, in the form of concept devices and prototypes. But the difference this year is that you’ll actually be able to buy one.

At IFA, Samsung unveiled its first-ever QLED 8K TV, the 85-inch Q900FN. It’s got all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a top-of-the-line Samsung TV, including crazy-good contrast, brightness and HDR10+ support. I’ve seen it, and it’s gorgeous. It displayed a short video showing owls and bridges and a lady walking over a meadow and I could clearly see every blade of grass, every feather.

LG, Toshiba, and other manufacturers also had 8K TVs on display at the show, their picture equally beautiful to my eyes.

Toshiba’s 8K TV, displaying a static photo of buttons.

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It’s tempting to think that this is the next big thing in TVs — after all, Full HD TVs were so much better than the HD Ready ones, and 4K TVs are so much better than Full HD TVs. It’s just natural that the resolution keeps increasing, right?

Well, no.

While it’s possible to tell the difference between 4K and 8K picture, the difference is nowhere near as stunning as the difference between 4K and 1080p a.k.a. Full HD resolution. Your eyes are the limiting factor here, and while the actual numbers get a little complicated, the simple test of actually going to a store and looking at a 4K vs. 8K TV will show you that the difference is not dramatic………………………”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/8k-tvs/

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Streaming TV services now reach 5% of U.S. Wi-Fi households, up 58% since last year

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“The number of U.S. households watching streaming TV services – those that deliver cable TV-like programming over the internet – has grown a remarkable 58% over last year, according to new data from comScore. However, these services still account for a small portion of the overall market, as only 5 percent (4.9 million) of U.S. households with Wi-Fi streamed TV over one of these services in April 2018.

In citing that number, comScore was specifically looking at what it called “pure-play” vMVPDs (virtual multichannel video programming distributors) – a variation on a fancy industry term that refers to live TV services like Sling TV. These services stream multiple channels over the internet without supplying infrastructure like coax cable to do so, and don’t offer other content like original programming or user videos.

Today’s lineup of these “vMVPDs” includes: Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue, fuboTV, Philo, YouTube TV, and Hulu with Live TV. These “pure-play vMVPDs,” as comScore referred to them, are basically that same list, excluding Hulu Live and YouTube TV, as those also include access to non-linear, digital-only content like original programming.

The firm found that consumer adoption of these “pure-play” live TV services is growing significantly, as more people cut the cord with traditional pay TV………………”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/16/streaming-tv-services-now-reach-5-of-u-s-wi-fi-households-up-58-since-last-year/

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Amazon is looking beyond the small screen with potential cinema chain

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Amazon could be looking to buying a chain of cinemas.

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“Amazon has already established brick-and-mortar stores selling its products and groceries, and now it apparently wants a slice of the cinema business.

As reported by Bloomberg, Amazon is looking to acquire Landmark Theatres, which claims to be the largest cinema chain dedicated to independent and foreign films, with 52 theatres in 27 markets.

The e-commerce giant is reportedly working with other suitors to buy the chain from Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner-backed Wagner/Cuban Cos. There have been no decisions made, and with talks still to come, it’s not set in stone that a deal will go ahead.

The potential move into brick-and-mortar cinema echoes Amazon’s efforts to look further than its online presence in recent years, as evidenced by its real-life bookstores and its foray into checkout-free grocery shopping, Amazon Go, not to mention its $14 billion acquisition of grocery chain Whole Foods.

But Amazon’s potential entry into physical cinemas could help further sure up the profile of its Amazon Studios films, such as Manchester by the Sea, an Amazon Original which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2017.

Despite the accolades, there is general tension between newfangled streaming services and the film industry. These concerns are primarily directed to the biggest disrupter of them all, Netflix, which is aggressive in its stance to only show its own films on its service.

Steven Spielberg said earlier this year that Netflix films which either don’t show in cinemas, or only for a short time to satisfy movie awards criteria, shouldn’t get accolades like an Oscar.

“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. If it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar,” Spielberg told ITV News.

“I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”

Although Amazon is also a disruptor, it sticks to convention when it comes to distribution. It runs movies in cinemas for months before they sit on Prime Video, and is public about ensuring its films screen in theaters.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/08/16/amazon-cinema-landmark-theatres/

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