updated 09:20 am EDT, Tue August 26, 2008
Flixster snaps up Movies
Flixster has acquired a popular iPhone application, simply named Movies; this marks the first acquisition of an iPhone app, or at least the first to be publicly acknowledged. The software was created by Jeffrey Grossman, a college sophomore, and allows users to find show times, watch trailers and get maps to local theaters. Flixster has simply taken the functionality of the application and updated the database, giving users access to 70,000 movies, including older titles as well as new and upcoming ones.
Grossman has not only been paid for his application but also been asked to join Flixster as a consultant while he finishes his education. The price of the acquisition has not been disclosed.
Flixster has been booming in recent times and now sees around 6.5 million visits to its website each month, and about 13.6 million across its network, which includes the website and Facebook/MySpace applications.