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The Washington Post is reporting that Fandango recently purchased from Disney for an undisclosed sum. Fandango is a subsidiary of Comcast, a company that unsuccessfully tried to acquire Disney a few years ago. The article cites Disney’s desire to remain focused on its core brands (ABC, ESPN, and Disney) as the reason for selling Movies.com.

I understand that one needs to remain focused on its core competency, but doesn’t Disney make movies still? Doesn’t Disney have more than enough talent to be able to continue operating Movies.com without impacting its other businesses? I think this is a big buy for Comcast. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fandango become rebranded as Movies.com, giving it more of a presence in the full movie market, rather than being a movie preview and movie ticket facilitator.

While the price may be undisclosed at the moment, the purchase price may be revealed at a later date, as both Comcast and Disney are publicly traded companies, and the price for the domain name and accompanying business could have an impact on earnings, albeit minimal.


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Comments (13)

    Too Many Secrets

    Elliot,

    Wow. Great purchase for Fandango !

    – Richard

    June 23rd, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Andrew Reberry

    I assume this could be the largest domain sale on record, if it comes out.

    June 23rd, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Rick Gupta

    Disney really screwed up on this one unless they retained partial ownership. Any Silicon Valley PE firm can find the right team to develop this and package it as a seperate entity for an eventual ipo. A competitor to itunes is the first thing that comes to mind. If it was a straight cash deal, Comcast prob made one of their best deals ever.

    June 23rd, 2008 at 9:38 am

      J

      Horrible decision to sell Movies.com.

      In reply to Rick Gupta | January 8th, 2015 at 1:09 am

    owen frager

    Hope they change the fandango name- that’s not voice-search friendly
    btw, Best name in the lot hollywood.com has been owned and developed for years by x-USA Network founders in Boca and doesn’t do much…. they are one to watch as well.

    Yahoo Movies IMHO has the best movie section- the layout and customer and critic reviews when they match A-B- you never are disappointed.

    And finally, Hollywood is being bought out by India and renamed “Bollywood” I am not kidding. That may be behind Disney’s move.

    Shows how in a changing world how little security we have in investments based on past needs.
    http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/06/18/business/17dream.php

    June 23rd, 2008 at 10:44 am

      J

      Bollywood has no impact on Hollywood’s future. Hollywood controls the movie space. There are billions of dollars per year at stake in the movie box office and DVD sales.

      In reply to owen frager | January 8th, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Gordon

    Love the name, but disagree that you can just take a name and turn it into an IPO. You still need to be able to run a business…how many generics have had an IPO and lived to tell about it?

    June 23rd, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Germ

    Wow. What a blunder for Disney. I don’t care how much they got for it this is a big mistake for them. Why ANY movie company would let go of movies.com at ANY price I have no idea.

    Owen: I used to work at Hollywood.com (back when it was “Big Entertainment”) the owners (well it’s public but the Founders anyway) have little vision. They’ve started great projects (Sci-Fi Channel) but I wouldn’t expect much from Hollywood.com beyond what it is today. I can comfortably state they’re probably quite happy with what it is. It’s limited success is completely tied to the domain name. At least they realize that however. They acquired the company solely for domain and promptly liquidated everything else that came with it = smart.

    June 23rd, 2008 at 12:33 pm

      J

      Horrible decision to sell Movies.com, especially when Disney is actively making movies. It is the top movie domain in that space. They need to market the new Star War movies, so Movies.com is a great website/domain to do this.

      Why would any company sell away Movies.com? Disney could have used this domain to promote all their movies. The type-in traffic alone is top notch. It surpasses anything they could do with TV ads and billboards. Nothing is better in the movie space than Movies.com.

      Bad decision to sell this domain!

      In reply to Germ | January 8th, 2015 at 1:04 am

    David J Castello

    Please file this under the “Yes, Virginia, the name does matter” category.

    June 23rd, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    MH

    They killed my movie site!!! I tried Fandango & Yahoo & AMCTheatres & a few others, but nothing is as good as movies.com. All the extras it had were great! Fandango has a gazillion ads all over the home page that are bigger than the content and it’s hard to read anything. I’m going to miss movies.com.

    June 23rd, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Adam

    If they kill fandango what will they do with the stupid paperbag puppet commercials at the beginning of the movies ?

    June 23rd, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    J

    In my opinion, Fandango won’t rebrand as Movies.com. They already run a valuable brand in Fandango. Movies.com is a great type-in domain that will push millions of unique vistiros to their main website.

    There is really no reason to acquire Movies.com, unless Fandango sees the extra value in leveraging this traffic to boost their movie ticket sales. They advertise in movie theaters, which most moviegoers are aware of their brand.

    However, movies.com is the number #1 ‘movies’ website in terms of keyword value and type-in trafifc. Owning this website could boost their brand.

    One of the most valuable domains!

    January 7th, 2015 at 10:47 pm

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