Saturday, 30 July 2011

Money-saving deals on film, TV and music this summer



I've just been told about two interesting websites, Find Any Film and Music Matters, which could turn out to be pennywise parents' greatest allies during the long summer holidays, allowing you to find the top deals on film, TV and music content this summer, including cinema tickets, digital services and physical formats like BluRay and DVD (both purchase and rentals).

There are hundreds of deals on the latest films, TV shows and music releases which parents can take advantage of this summer, from free cinema tickets with LOVEFiLM and special school holiday prices from Vue Cinemas to online film and TV rentals from 99p at Blinkbox.com and over 3,500 free TV shows at Seesaw.com. There is also a wealth of music services, such as Spotify which gives you unlimited access to millions of tracks for £4.99 per month and Last Fm where you can listen to personalised radio stations for free, providing great entertainment for children.

Please see below for a list of some of the top film, TV and music deals this summer:

Cinema deals

2 free cinema tickets with LOVEFiLM

The deal: Register for a free 30 day trial with LOVEFiLM and you’ll get two free cinema tickets to use at your chosen cinema

How to get it:
· Register with Love Film via Moneysupermarket before 1st January 2012
· You’ll need to select 10 titles before the first disc is sent to you. Once the first disk has been sent the free tickets will arrive at your postal address within 30 days.

Restrictions:
· This is for new customers of Love Film only and is limited to one per household
· Some T&C’s may vary between cinemas e.g. some ticket types may not be included at certain cinemas


Vue Cinema school holiday £1.25 tickets

The deal: Children aged 2-12 can get £1.25 tickets to select morning movies at weekends and in school holidays with the Kids AM offer. Accompanying adults get in for £1.25 as well.
How to get it:
· You can buy tickets on the day, but seats can always sell out, so go early if possible. To be safe you can book online/over the phone, though you'll pay a 60p booking fee (90p for phone bookings).

Restrictions:
· Selected screenings only.
· Kids tickets valid for ages 2-12.

£2 Vue Cinema Tickets for 13-18 yr olds

The deal: 13-18 year olds can see selected films at Vue cinemas for £2 or for 3D films for £3 with the Teenscreen offer.

How to get it:
· 13-18 year olds need to turn up to the cinema, in advance or at the time of the movie, and buy tickets for Teenscreenings as normal at the ticket office (proof of age may be asked for if you look outside the age range).
· You can book tickets online by clicking through the webpage, but there's a 70p card handling fee per ticket.

Restrictions:
· Only valid on Tuesday and Thursday and some film titles may be restricted

Odeon adults go free with £1 - £2.50 kids' tickets

The deal: One adult goes free per every child ticket, which cost £1 - £2.50 depending on location, in the Odeon Kids offer.

How to get it:
· You can buy tickets on the day, but seats can always sell out, so go early if possible. To be safe you can book online/over the phone, though you'll pay a 60p booking fee (90p for phone bookings).

Restrictions:
· Selected screenings only. Kids tickets valid for ages 2-12.

2 for1 Orange Wednesdays

The deal : All Orange customers can buy two cinema tickets for the price of one and also get two for one pizza deals at Pizza Express

How to get it: Text FILM to 241 from your Orange phone and you will be sent a code which can be shown to cinema staff to claim two cinema tickets for the price of one.

Restrictions
· Valid for all screenings, but not to be used in conjunction with any other offer

Cineworld £1 tickets on Saturday mornings

The deal: These £1 tickets are available for selected Saturday morning screenings. Adults and kids can both get in for £1 per head, though adults have to be with a child in order to get the offer.

How to get it:
· To find £1 tickets, visit the Movies for Juniors offer page, then choose your film and cinema.

Restrictions:
· Offer on Saturday and Sunday in Bolton, Falkirk, Liverpool, Northampton & Wandsworth.

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Downloading/Streaming

Blinkbox.com cheap streaming rentals – 39p for TV episodes and 99p for films

The deal: Titles can be bought or rented with some available on an ad-supported, free-to-view basis. Prices start at 39p for the rental of a TV episode and 99p for movies, which can be streamed directly from Blinkbox on to Mac, PC, PS3 and through Samsung internet-connected TVs

How to get it:
· Sign up at Blinkbox.com and start watching TV shows and films immediately

Restrictions:
· Each rental movie or TV episode is available for 30 days and, once you start watching it, can be viewed as many times as you like for 24 hours.


LOVEFiLM – unlimited online viewing for £9.99 per month

The deal:Get unlimited access to over 4,900 titles to watch on your PC, laptop or PS3 for £9.99 per month

How to get it:
· Sign up to one of LOVEFiLM’s unlimited packages and get instant access to over 4,900 titles

Restrictions:
· Each rental movie or TV episode is available for 30 days and, once you start watching it, can be viewed as many times as you like for 24 hours.

Seesaw.com – over 3,500 free TV shows
The deal: Watch over 3,500 of ad-supported free TV shows, which can be watched any time and as often as you want.

How to get it:
· Simply go to http://www.seesaw.com/ and start watching

Restrictions:
· All free TV shows are ad supported. If you want to watch ad-free TV, you can opt for Seesaw's non-stop service which costs £2.99 a month to receive all the website's free content without commercial ads.


Crackle.com

The deal: Watch hundreds of free films and TV shows from Sony Pictures Entertainment
 
How to get it:
· Simply go to http://www.crackle.com/ and start watching
Restrictions:
 Its titles change regularly and it offers mainstream content, but the choice is limited.
 
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Rentals

Blockbuster – half price Tuesdays

The deal: Rent films and games in-store on Tuesdays for half price

How to get it: Become a Blockbuster member and activate Blockbuster Rewards online

Restrictions:
· Only available to Blockbuster members in-store

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Physical formats

· Play.com – DVDs from £3.99, Blu-rays from £5.99 and CDs from £2.99
· HMV.com – DVDs from £2.99, Blu-rays from £6.99 and CDs from £2.99
· Asda – ‘Everything Under £5’: a range of DVDs, Blu-rays and CDS for less than a fiver
· Amazon.co.uk: DVDs under £5, Blu-rays under £10 and CDs from £2.99

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Music deals
 
Spotify
 
The deal: Unlimited access millions of music tracks for £4.99 a month
How to get it: Simply go to http://www.spotify.com/ and start listening
 
Restrictions:
· You can only play tracks whilst online
 
Last FM

The deal: Unlimited access personalised radio station and music tracks for free
How to get it:
· Sign up to the service at http://www.lastfm.com/
Restrictions:
· You can only play tracks whilst online

iTunes

The deal: Download and listen to millions of tracks for a little as 79P a track

 
How to get it:
· Download the iTunes software, register for an account and start downloading

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the hints. Cineworld for £1 is a must! @maisietoo

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  2. id never heard of these sites, am definately going to check them out tho !!

    shame theres no cineworld near us :(

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  3. Ohh I have a Cineworld near me! :)
    I've tried blinkbox but may give the others a go at some point!

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  4. some great information here, thanks for the tips.

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  5. I must thank you for providing these great deals. Belfast Cinema.

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