Redbox Instant comes out of beta to offer unlimited movie streaming for all in US

by: David GonzalesMarch 15, 2013

Redbox Instant
Nearly three months to the day since the official app first became available for download through the Google Play Store, Redbox Instant has finally come out of the beta testing stage to offer unlimited movie streaming to the general public. And it is right on schedule. But does it have what it takes to properly steal some market share away from the likes of Netflix?

In case you didn’t know, Redbox Instant is the product of a collaboration between Redbox and Verizon that aims to bring a new unlimited movie streaming service to users in the U.S. It is set to take on similar offerings from not only Netflix, but also the likes of Hulu and even online retail giant Amazon. It also works with a monthly subscription service model, just like its aforementioned competitors.

One of the most interesting things about it is the fact that as a service, it is relatively inexpensive. Those who would like to start enjoying the benefits of Redbox Instant may do so now by signing up to pay a mere $8 per month. And for that much money, they’ll be given unlimited access to not just video streaming but also a total of four one-night DVD rentals per month through Redbox kiosks. For now, Redbox Instant is only available to users in the U.S.

Redbox Instant appears to hold a lot of promise, but if it is to become successful, then it needs to have a much bigger catalog than it does now — just to be able to stand up to the competition.

What do you think? Does Redbox Instant appeal to you as an up-and-coming unlimited movie streaming alternative? Or do you feel like what you are using currently is good enough, and Redbox Instant is not even worth checking out? Can Redbox Instant perhaps provide anything that might get you to finally try out a service like it? Sound off in the comments.

  • minty2g

    Its allow you to use if your phone is rooted…

    • minty2g

      Its doesn’t allow you…i meant.

  • nyssa

    This may be awesome if they do it right.

  • mikkej2k

    It depends on the movies it offers.

  • Mike A

    Thats nice of verizon to offer you unlimited streaming movies and charge you an arm and a leg 4 data. I might get to watch 1 or 2 HD movies before I hit my cap.

  • Jimmy Mackey

    I think you’re right that they need more selection in order for the service to be more appealing. I think selection is the key to the competitive market right now. I like that they have mobile movie apps though. I also like to watch movies on my breaks when I work at DISH. There are a lot more titles to choose from with my DISH Blockbuster @Home service, which has been around a lot longer than Netflix Instant, plus it costs about the same as Redbox Instant. I get the movies I want, when I want them, which is a more convenient way to watch for me.

  • Country033

    Netflix may have a larger selection but 3/4 of Netflix catalog is nothing I want to watch…redbox needs new releases and CURRENT tv series to one up Netflix…you look under Netflix new release category and its old tv shows and movies from 2007…it’s garbage but my kids like the cartoons n kids stuff they have on that’s about all its good for and a misc find I might run across while going through miles and miles of nothing I want to see. Good luck redbox !!!