Redbox Instant, Verizon’s Netflix-killer, launches as private beta on iOS and Android

By , Dec 19, 2012

Redbox Instant is a joint venture between Verizon Communications and Redbox, a subsidiary of Coinstar that specializes in the rental of DVDs, Blu-ray discs and video games via automated retail kiosks. Today, they started gradually rolling out their service, accompanied by the iOS and Android client which lets you stream unlimited movies from their catalogue for eight bucks per month.

There’s a free trial available, too, and you also get four DVD credits to boot from. The partners do not specify how many Hollywood movies are available for streaming. What we do know is that titles from Warner Bros and EPIX are included and that Redbox Instant won’t stream television shows, at least not initially. Something tells me that Netflix should be worried. Isn’t competition good for all?

Verizon underscores that Redbox Instant is gradually rolling out in private beta. The subscription fee of $8 per month will include free access to streaming movies on an unlimited basis and four physical rentals on DVD.

If you plan on rent high-def movies on Blu-ray discs instead, you’ll be paying $9 per month in subscription fees.

The promo clip above suggests that digital movie purchases may be coming at a later stage.

The free Redbox Instant app for your iPhone and iPad is already live. Android users can grab their copy from Google’s Play Store.

You can sign up to join the private beta here.

Redbox Instant 1.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

Redbox Instant 1.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 002)

Redbox Instant 1.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 003)

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Redbox Instant 1.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 005)

Redbox Instant will be available via the web interface or mobile apps for iOS and Android. It will also come embedded in Blu-ray players by Samsung, Google TV devices, LG’s Smart TV sets and television sets sporting SmartHub.

The service is a US-only affair, but readers abroad could fool the servers by masking their IP address using proxy services like HideMyAss.

More info is available at the official Redbox Instant web site.

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  • notewar

    so tempted

  • wonderboydave

    just depends on content.. how fast new movies and tv shows comes out.

    • B1ackDiamond

      True, looking at the movies listed on the pictures in the article, most of them are currently available through Netflix.

  • RuddyN

    I don’t see where the competition comes from besides the Blu-Ray. Netflix is the same price, you can watch it on like every device out there.. Netflix also gives you the option on watching TV Shows and Movies in HD for no additional charge. And there is an option that allows you to get movies delivered to your home, rather than having to find a kiosk to rent out the DVD’s. Unless it gets TV shows, I don’t see this going anywhere. But then again, everyone has to start some where.

    • http://twitter.com/JMilesMiller Jason Miller

      True but to get new movies on disc and streaming it costs $16 on Netflix, even more for Blu-Ray. $8 for instant streaming and four discs per month is a good price. Might even cause Netflix to respond.

    • biteapplehard

      but netflix has an ass of a selection! none of the good or big-budget movies available.

    • steph

      They have some newer movies than netflix…i also use hulu formy tv shows..netflix has a lot of older movies…so it may be great that redbox has last years movies on there, got my code, cant wait to try it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jaybeckphoto Jimmy Salazar

      I signed up for the free trial and redbox instant lets you also rent DVD’s and mailed to you like Netflix.
      This is what you can do with Redbox Instant for the $8.00 a month:
      1. Stream online (Netflix too)
      2. Rent DVD’s online and get them mailed just like Netflix (Netflix is to separate payments for online streaming and DVD rentals)
      3. Rent at kiosk (Netflix does not offer this)
      4. You can purchase the movie ( Netflix does not do this )

  • biteapplehard

    i see Zibreg already has the Twilight movie bookmarked…
    but why are you watching The Grey? isn’t it too scary for you? you won’t be able to sleep for a couple of nights. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/musicc.mann.3 Musicc Mann

    First world problem.

  • B1ackDiamond

    This is only works if you have an access code. I signed up for the beta several weeks ago, but have never received a code.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Walton/1310860312 David Walton

    Jailbroken iPad 2….. I get a popup stating…. CompromisedDeviceException The device is compromised. Application will not initialize.

    How long do you suppose until someone figures out a cydia patch?

    • LzyDavid

      Use xcon it patches jailbreak detection :p

  • TomasHunter

    Redbox instant sounds like a neat service; thanks for the post, Christian. I work with a few people at DISH who will be very interested in this news; I just sent them the link. I also went and signed up for the beta. I am looking to see how new service ranks compared to my Blockbuster @Home service from DISH. Each company offers DVDs, video games, blu-rays and streaming. The big difference might be in how I get my disks. I enjoy Blockbusters delivery through the mail, because I don’t have to wait outside in the cold and in the snow while standing in line to use the Red Box.