Verizon’s Redbox Instant streaming video service app is now available through Google’s Play Store and Apple’s iTunes App Store as the service is nearing launch to compete with subscription rivals such as Amazon Video on Demand, Netflix, and Hulu Plus. However, to sign up for the service and use it, users will still need an invitation code from Redbox to join.
At this time, the service is still in beta, and users interested in joining the party early can request an invite code via Redbox. The $8 per month service is free for the first month as a trial, similar to what Netflix is offering, and after that you’ll get unlimited streaming. However, unlike Netflix, you’ll also get credit for 4 DVDs a month as well for titles that may not be available via streaming.
The service price makes Redbox Instant affordable, but the streaming catalog may not be as robust as that offered on competing services at this time. Hopefully, both companies will grow their selection of content in the future.
Though the Instant service is branded through Verizon and is formed via a partnership between Redbox and Verizon, users do not need a Verizon device or service to access Redbox.
If you’re able to get an invite code and sign up for the service, let us know how Redbox Instant fares for you.
Last week we reported that Verizon and Redbox were preparing to launch their Netflix alternative, Redbox Instant. Now the app for the upcoming service has landed in the Google Play store.
At the moment, the service will require an invite access code before you can use it. You can request a code via their website, though that doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to receive one. On top of needing the code, you will also have to pay $8 a month, though the first month is free.
So what’s included in that $8 subscription fee? You will get unlimited movie streaming and four monthly rentals from Redbox. You can also pay a dollar more to turn your Redbox rentals into Blu-ray discs. For now, gaming rentals aren’t included in the service, but here’s to hoping that this is added down the road.
While the price for the service might seem very low, it’s also worth noting that Redbox Instant will have a fairly limited selection when compared to more established streaming options like Hulu and Netflix. Redbox Instant is also only available in the United States.
For those wondering, while it is true that Verizon is Redbox’s partner for the new service, you are not required to have a Verizon phone or Internet subscription to use the service.
Outside of Android, the Redbox Instant will also support Samsung Blu-Ray players, Google TV, iOS, LG Smart TV and any TVs with SmartHub.
So what do you think, interested in giving Redbox Instant a try or will you stick with Netflix and/or Hulu for the time being?
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As it moves in to its public beta testing phase, the Redbox Instant by Verizon online entertainment joint venture formed between US telco Verizon and retail solutions specialist Coinbox has made a Redbox Instant by Verizon app available on Google Play.
The free app enables users to enjoy unlimited streaming movies; Instantly watch movies on phone and tablet; reserve movies at the box; bookmark favourite titles; buy and rent movies, even without a subscription and browse through thousands of popular movies.
Redbox Instant is described as “convenient, easy and affordable” with potential users advised that not only are DVD credits included when subscribing, the first month is totally free, the Free Trial offering a month of unlimited streaming movies, plus four DVD credits to be used at the Redbox kiosk.
In addition, people who have registered to receive further details of the service have been sent an e-mail December 19 advising them to: “Be on the lookout for exciting news, updates and your special invitation in the weeks ahead!”
Initial response to the app was not particularly favourable, achieving an early rating of 1.3 out of 5 from User Reviews, with comments centring on the fact that the service wouldn’t work on ‘rooted’ Android devices. “Until you allow rooted phones/tablets, you will never receive my $8 a month for this service,” said one reviewer.