'myLINGO' iOS App Lets Users Listen to Spanish Audio Tracks in Real Time at the Movies

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A new app called myLINGO lets Spanish-speaking users listen to studio-recorded dubs of the most popular movies while they're in theaters, thanks to backing from studios including Disney, Paramount, and Sony. The app has also obtained "strategic partnerships" with Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark Theaters within the United States.

myLINGO works by letting users search for the movie they'll be watching, and then downloading the Spanish audio track to their iPhone, which is recommended to be done at home on Wi-Fi. After that, the app does all the work by listening for the film's audio through the iPhone's microphone, and delivering the Spanish version through the user's headphones "in perfect sync with the film."

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The company noted that the app's tracks are "studio-sanctioned Spanish versions" of each film available on the app, which were originally created and distributed for international release. The audio translations only play if the app can hear the movie on screen, includes a dark mode that prevents distractions in the theater, and once the movie is over the audio file self-deletes from the iPhone. Right now, myLINGO is only available for Apple's iPhone.

“Hispanic audiences spent approximately $2.5 billion at the box office in 2015, proving a big incentive for cinemas to cater to this market segment,” said Olenka Polak, co-founder and CEO of myLINGO. “Even so, our research shows that nearly half of all Spanish-dominant Americans avoid going to the movies because films aren’t shown in Spanish. myLINGO addresses that challenge as a partner to both studios and exhibitors, with an innovative way to drive new customers and revenue,” she added.

The app's business model sets prices on a movie-by-movie basis. Users will have to pay $1.99 for each audio track they wish to listen to at the theater, although a few movies currently in the app -- including Disney's Moana and Marvel's Doctor Strange -- are free "for a limited time." myLINGO also doesn't support Bluetooth or any wireless headphones and recommends users remember to bring their wired headphones with them to the movies.

The limit on the app's use in its current state is placed on the studios supporting it, but there are still popular films out now and coming soon that users will be able to try with myLINGO, including: Moana, Office Christmas Party, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Passengers. Other languages are coming down the line, but myLINGO CEO Olenka Polak told Variety that the focus is only on Spanish at this time because "we want a clear marketing message."

You can download myLINGO on the iOS App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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51 months ago
Very cool idea!
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51 months ago
Pretty cool. Hope someone makes one in reverse so I can understand all the beautiful women and their drama on those Spanish soap operas on Telemundo
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51 months ago

Pretty cool. Hope someone makes one in reverse so I can understand all the beautiful women and their drama on those Spanish soap operas on Telemundo

You also just read Penthouse and Playboy for the articles?
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51 months ago
I trust dark mode will be required, at least after the first 30 seconds using the app, and for any subsequent access to the app until the movie is finished. Cell phone screen lights are so distracting during a movie.
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50 months ago

Fantastic, and useful! I wonder if they'll follow this up with other languages?

Yes, we'll be releasing all of the languages that the Hollywood studios provide us.
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Fantastic idea, I'm just wondering why with the target demographic they called it *MY* lingo.

Good question. Our app will be providing soundtracks in all of the languages recorded by the studios so we needed a more global name.
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Sounds like a good way to piss off everyone around them, and get theater staff to remove them to me.

You can ONLY listen to the audio through headphones. Theaters have welcomed this with open arms. The app even dims your screen immediately while in use so as to not disturb anyone.
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51 months ago
This is very cool and I'm glad to see this type of thing become available to those who wish to be able to actually understand the movies they watch at the theater. The only drawback is having to put on earphones/headset which, IMO, takes away a little bit from the overall moviegoing experience since you're not fully enjoying the auditorium's sound system.
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