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TimesCity splits into 3 separate services for food, events & movies

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TimesCity, Times Internet’s restaurant and events listing service, has split into three separate services called Dineout, Whatshot.in and Filmipop.

The company claims that Dineout will deal with their restaurant listings and allow users to book reservations for tables across seven cities and over 1,500 restaurants. Whatshot.in will provide information on events and lifestyle in 11 cities in across the country, while Filmipop will give information about movies, trailers, reviews and showtimes from local theatres for over 100 cities. The services will have separate mobile applications for both Android and iOS.

Note that the events service, Whatshot.in, currently only provides information and listings without an option to book tickets. The company had also stated in 2013 that they planned to introduce movie ticket booking service in the future. It is not clear if TimesCity will tie-up with an existing booking service for this service or launch one of its own.

DineOut acquisition: In April 2014, TimesCity had acquired restaurant booking table service DineOut, but the company had refused to disclose the terms of the deal. TimesCity had tied up with the company in 2013 when it introduced the table booking feature on its website. The service had signed similar deals with other restaurant booking services such as BookYourTable and Mobikon too.

At that time, Miten Sampat, GM & Business Head at TimesCity, had told MediaNama that they would get into the events booking space as well. “We have taken steps in the restaurant space and for event booking we will partner with multiple companies. We are friendly with the people at BookMyShow and it has a huge chunk of transactions in this sector, but what we have seen is that there are several players apart from them in this space,” Sampat said.

Book a table via Twitter: In June 2014, Times City had introduced table reservations via Twitter and had said that it was like a concierge service and will be useful for people who are in a hurry.

Overhaul in 2010: In February 2010, TimesCity overhauled its website and included registration on the website which allowed users to review restaurants, add photographs, share favorite locations, and get regular updates.

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