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PVR Cinemas App Comes To Windows Phone

PVR Cinemas is one of India’s leading multiplex chains, and I’m glad to say that there’s finally a Windows Phone version of their app available. The multiplex chain had earlier released iOS and Android apps way back in September 2011 when Windows Phone devices were only beginning to hit the market.  While the Windows Phone app may be a little late, it certainly seems worth the wait. It doesn’t seem to be optimised for Windows Phone 8 and its quick resume functionality, but still runs well on the Lumia 920.

The application is a free download from the Windows Phone Marketplace, comes in at about 5 MB and is compatible with devices running Windows Phone 7.5 and up . It is has a pleasing UI that is not only very smooth, but also elegant. The app is fully featured and you can sort by movies or by cinema.

PVR Cinemas App Comes To Windows Phone PVR Cinemas App Comes To Windows Phone

Once inside, you can view a brief synopsis of the movie or even a trailer. Best of all, if you do not want to make the payment online you can use the ‘pay later’ option to choose your seats, book your tickets and collect them later from the cinema directly.

PVR Cinemas App Comes To Windows Phone PVR Cinemas App Comes To Windows Phone

Highlights:

  1. Check show times for movies running in your vicinity
  2. Choose seats of your choice & book movie tickets by paying through your credit card in a secured environment. This app also allows you to hold your tickets and pay later at the box office.
  3. Check out a movie synopsis, watch high-quality trailers & view movie posters
  4. Locate a PVR near you
  5. Get information on latest and upcoming releases
  6. Keep a track of your booking history
  7. Receive discount offers & deals
  8. Prebook your tickets even before the movie is released.
  9. Add cinemas, movies & movie genres to favorites.
  10. Get Notified on New Releases and offers.
  11. Order Food n Beverages along with tickets.
  12. More payment options e.g. Kotak m coupon & gift cards.
  13. 3D Secure credit card Payments.
  14. Share your Booking details on Facebook.
  15. Add booking to Calendar for alerts.

The lack of a PVR Cinemas app was perhaps the last straw holding Windows Phone back from proving to be a draw for the movie buff. Book My Show (needs an update for WP8) has had an app available for a while now, and together with timesPyont (local showtimes) and IMDB, the four of these apps could prove to be a compelling proposition for the cinema goer.

Nokia & NDTV Turn Crowdsourcing For Apps Into A 9 Episode Reality TV Show

Nokia’s has been no stranger to crowdsourcing, be it for ways to generate ideas for new features, or for apps. But this time Nokia India has taken the concept to a whole new level by partnering with NDTV to produce a 9 episode ‘app reality show’ that will go on air in late January. In December, Nokia announced the ‘Your Wish Is My App‘ contest where anyone could suggest an app idea, and if selected Nokia would turn it into an app, with the winner walking away with a cool million rupees. The runner up would win Rs. 3 Lakh, while the second runner-up Rs. 1 Lakh. Finally, everyone who’s in the list of the top ten shortlisted ideas would win a Lumia 920.

Your Wish Is My App

People could share their app idea by sending a SMS,  calling 1800-102-8558 and also through Facebook and via the #YourWishIsMyApp hashtag. Over 30,000 entries were received by Nokia, and while entries though these channels are now over, all is not lost if you’re in Delhi. You can head to the Oberoi Hotel at 11 am tomorrow (Jan 20th) and present your idea, two winners from tomorrow’s event get a direct entry into the finals.

Apps will be judged on the basis of votes garnered on Twitter, Facebook and by a panel of judges that includes Rajiv Makhni, NDTV Managing Editor & Tech Guru, Vishal Gondal, Managing Director, DisneyUTV Digital, Raj Chinai, Venture Capitalist & Co-Founder, Harvard Business School Alumni Angels, Vikas Khanna, New York based Michelin Starred Celebrity Chef and Bollywood actor and youth icon, Kalki Koechlin. The focus will be on parameters such as the originality of the idea, relevance of the app, potential for generating revenue and the practicality of the app.

Apps can make or break a smartphone ecosystem today, and a first of its kind reality TV show centered on Apps certainly backs that sentiment. I for one cannot wait to see the final 50 apps that make it to the show, should be an exciting watch.