Ticketmaster and RIM Partner to Bring Mobile Ticket Purchasing to Your BlackBerry
Sep 11, 2008
New mobile access will allow ticket purchases anytime, anywhere
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif and WATERLOO, Ont. –
- Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM; TSX:RIM) and Ticketmaster (NASDAQ:TKTM) today announced an agreement to more closely connect fans to live entertainment.
- RIM’s popular brand of BlackBerry® smartphones was exclusively designated as the “Official Smartphone of Ticketmaster.”
- With this agreement, Ticketmaster will move beyond the physical ticket to providing wireless, fan-friendly convenience with BlackBerry smartphones.
- BlackBerry smartphone users will be able to browse, search, and purchase tickets to live entertainment while on the go.
- Ticketmaster and RIM are developing an exclusive software application that allows BlackBerry smartphone users untethered access to browse and purchase tickets to the hottest shows, games and exhibits available on Ticketmaster.com, TicketsNow.com, and GetmeIn.com.
- Additionally, this agreement supports the digital-to-real media experience as BlackBerry smartphone users will be able to browse music then sample cuts, and purchase tickets to that live entertainment event.
- BlackBerry smartphone users can receive anytime, anywhere email alerts with news and information about upcoming music, family and sporting events.
- BlackBerry® Wallet users will also enjoy seamless access to their credit card and reward card information when purchasing through Ticketmaster on their BlackBerry smartphone..
- This agreement marks the first end-to-end mobile e-commerce solution for smartphone-based ticket purchasing in North America.
- The RIM-Ticketmaster agreement is exclusive to the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
- No other terms or conditions of this RIM – Ticketmaster agreement were disclosed.
- Life on BlackBerry just got cooler with Ticketmaster.
“The BlackBerry platform is the ideal platform for mobile e-commerce. With its inherent flexibility, stability and security, the BlackBerry platform allows application providers to offer e-commerce solutions that people will feel confident using,” said Jim Balsillie, co-CEO at Research In Motion. “We are very excited to be working with Ticketmaster to provide this exclusive value-added service to our customers.”
“Our new agreement with RIM ushers in the next generation of lifestyle innovation designed to conveniently connect fans to live entertainment,” said Sean Moriarty, Ticketmaster’s chief executive officer. “BlackBerry users will now have access to browse, search, and make purchases from Ticketmaster.com whenever and wherever they want. The excitement of the live entertainment experience just went mobile.”
“This is a prime example of Ticketmaster teaming with another leading brand to exclusively reach the more than 58 million registered Ticketmaster.com users with news and information about their favorite bands, teams, events, and exhibits,” said Greg Consiglio, senior vice president, Business Development at Ticketmaster. “BlackBerry is the ideal smartphone platform for live entertainment fans to stay connected everywhere.”
About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
As the world’s leading live entertainment ticketing and marketing company, Ticketmaster connects the world to live entertainment. Ticketmaster operates in 20 global markets, providing ticket sales, ticket resale services, marketing and distribution through www.ticketmaster.com, one of the largest e-commerce sites on the Internet; approximately 6,700 retail outlets; and 21 worldwide call centers. Established in 1976, Ticketmaster serves more than 10,000 clients worldwide across multiple event categories, providing exclusive ticketing services for leading arenas, stadiums, professional sports franchises and leagues, college sports teams, performing arts venues, museums, and theaters. In 2007, the company sold more than 141 million tickets valued at over $8.3 billion on behalf of its clients. Ticketmaster is headquartered in West Hollywood, California (NASDAQ:TKTM).
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