Redbox Instant opens in March

by: Simon HillJanuary 10, 2013

Redbox Instant

Another day, another streaming video-on-demand service – Redbox Instant by Verizon is set to launch officially in March. It has been in an invitation-only limited beta for the last few weeks and the Android app is already available at Google Play. The app was updated yesterday to include support for the Nexus 10, but it’s not exactly proving popular right now, largely because it doesn’t support rooted devices.

The service is trying to jump on the Netflix bandwagon, but there are a few important differences. You’ll pay $8 per month for Redbox Instant and get access to unlimited movie streaming from a library of thousands of films. You’ll also get four one-day DVD rentals every month, via Redbox kiosks. In addition to the library, the latest movies will be available through the system for an extra fee.

The success of services like this rests on the content and early signs are that Redbox Instant has a way to go to catch the competition. It’s also drawing the wrath of angry rooted smartphone owners. Not the best start.

New subscribers can check it out for a month for free and it’s always worth taking advantage of free trials to check these kinds of services out. If anyone has been trying Redbox Instant during the beta then post a comment and let us know what you think about it. Can it compete with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and the rest? Even AT&T is getting in on the act. What do you use to watch movies on your Android?

  • Locking out root users? No thanks. Your loss.

    • shaynej

      give them time, its still new….what is rooted ? does it make the phone better ?

      • It depends on what you want to do with the phone.Rooting your device puts you in full control. You can google rooting to figure out what it is. Rooting your device is the difference between renting an apartment, and owning your house. If you own the house and something goes wrong, it’s your respinsibility. On the other hand, you have more freedom to change things up.
        With that being said, I wouldn’t suggest anyone root until they feel comfortable.

  • Jimmy Mackey

    I prefer to watch TV on my iPad because the screen is larger and it just makes sense if you ask me. Yes, cell phone is nice too, but I don’t think that is the preferred way people will watch Netflix Instant if they had an iPad app too. For instance when it comes to mobile viewing, my DISH coworker and I watch a lot on our iPad when we’re on lunch or break. My DISH Blockbuster @Home service gives me that convenience along with over 100,000 choices by mail, streaming in my home or on the go with my iPad. That kind of convenience and choice helps me enjoy the media that makes me happy, more often. Not only do I watch more TV and movies that way, but I get more choices with Blockbuster @Home than I have time to watch, or ever could watch.

    • you do realise this is marketed towards tablets right?? why bring up an ipad when you can watch on a nexus 10 or note 10.1

      • Jimmy Mackey

        Oh, I was just trying to say I don’t have an Android tablet and Redbox doesn’t work on an iPad. It is too bad Redbox is not more versitile because iPad has a huge market share.

        • this could also be due to apple deciding they can’t make enough money on it, therefore not being available to ipad users… apple = evil if you ask me