Meerkats, Arnie and Orange Wednesdays

Orange WednesdaysYesterday was the UK’s final “Orange Wednesday”. If you don’t live in the UK, or have been living under a rock, here’s a bit of background. Introduced in 2003 by the mobile phone company Orange which later merged with T-Mobile to become EE, Orange Wednesdays ran a campaign with selected UK cinemas where customers could claim a 2 for 1 ticket offer by sending a text message.

EE announced in November 2014 that they would be ending their campaign saying, “After 10 great years our brand has changed and our customers’ viewing habits have also evolved so it’s time to move on. That’s why the final credits will roll for Orange Wednesdays at the end of February 2015.”

Pretty soon rumours started circulating that Compare the Market was in talks with the UK cinema industry, to which the company responded in a statement saying, “We can confirm that we are currently exploring a mutually beneficial partnership with the cinema industry.”


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Arnold Schwarzenegger with a Compare the Market MeerkatThen in February, reports emerged that former “Terminator” star and California Governer, Arnold Schwarzenegger would be joining Compare the Market’s famous Meerkats in a new advertising campaign – this has yet to be confirmed.

Then last night, on the very last Orange Wednesday, cinema goers on Twitter reported seeing a teaser during the adverts, by the now famous Meerkats, using the hashtag #MeerkatMovies.  Here are a couple we found today.

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Now that Orange Wednesdays are over, we’ll keep our ear to the ground, and let you know if we hear anything else about the replacement for the Orange 2 for 1 offer.  Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll bring you all the latest cinema news, plus we’ll automatically enter you into our competition to win cinema tickets! What have you got to lose?

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Oscar Predictions 2015

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The Oscars or 87th Academy Awards if you want to be all fancy, is right around the corner! Being new to this game having recently launched in November of 2014, we’re pretty excited, as for us, these are our first Oscars! To celebrate, we want to play along and give you our predictions for the big prizes.

Here goes:

Best Picture Selma
Actor in a Leading Role Eddie Redmayne (Theory of Everything)
Actress in a Leading Role Julian Moore (Still Alice)
Actor in a Supporting Role J.K Simmons (Whiplash)
Actress in a Supporting Role Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Animated Feature Film Big Hero 6
Directing Wes Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel)

Who do you think will win? Let us know by commenting below.

You can check out the full list of nominees here.

Oh, and it’s not too late to catch some these films at the big screen. Have a search to see what’s still showing near you.

Enjoy the ceremony.

Why searching for movie showtimes just got easier

It’s painful

All you want to do is see a movie. But then you find yourself going back and forth comparing all the choices of movies, theaters, and showtimes.

Movie theaters seem to have been left behind in the drive to make everything easier on the internet. You can book a taxi with a single click, you can get a book delivered with a single click, but when it comes to searching for movies, it’s a mess.

This is why we decided to build MovieGlu and take away the pain of comparing movie showtimes.

Today there are countless websites which provide showtime information.  Fandango, Movietickets.com, Moviefone, Flixster, IMDB, and even Google are now all major players in the industry.

IMDB - March 2014So, what’s the big problem?

Here’s why searching for movie showtimes is too hard:

  • Users spend around 15 minutes per outing researching suitable movies, locations and showtimes
  • There’s no easy way to compare showtimes – just lots of lists and text
  • Users are forced to use multiple websites / apps to find what they want
  • Many websites and apps provide a poor user experience
  • Websites are covered with too many distracting and annoying adverts.

To put it simply, users need a faster, simpler and more intuitive way to make their decisions.

The solution

Which brings me to MovieGlu.  Our team has been busy thinking about all of these problems, and how to solve them. This can all be summed up in one simple goal:

“Making movie showtimes easier to search”

MovieGlu is the only movie search engine that allows you to compare start and end times of movies using a TV guide style format.

MovieGlu showtimesEven if you’re not planning to go to the movies any time soon, try it out for yourself and see how easy it is.

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