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?