Microsoft’s Xbox group and Redbox parent Coinstar are just down the road from one another, so maybe this shouldn’t be a surprise.

The new Redbox Instant by Verizon streaming service will be available “in the very near future” on Microsoft’s Xbox Live, according to a post today by Larry Hryb, better known as Xbox Live’s Major Nelson. Xbox 360 will be the only living room console to offer the service for now, according to the post.

Redbox Instant is currently available in beta. Redbox and Verizon are aiming to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon with a subscription service that blends online streaming with physical DVD rentals from Redbox kiosks. For $8/month, customers will get unlimited streaming, plus four one-night credits per month for DVDs. For $9/month, it’s Blu-ray rentals rather than standard DVDs.

Redbox Instant is also available on a PCs, tablets and mobile devices, including iOS, Android, Google TV, and smart TVs. A Redbox Instant spokesperson says Xbox will be the only console carrying the service during the beta and at launch, but they hope to be on additional consoles in the future.

Microsoft says the Redbox Instant app on Xbox Live will also let users buy and rent moves without a Redbox Instant subscription. Using the Redbox service on Xbox Live will also require an Xbox Live Gold membership, which costs $60/year. The app joins video services including Netflix and Amazon Instant Video on the Microsoft console.

(Thanks to Isaac Alexander for the link.)

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  • Mike Christensen

    Requiring a Gold Membership on XBox Live is a complete deal breaker. Why should I have to pay more for the privilege of being allowed to buy a Redbox subscription?

  • Jimmy Mackey

    Oh, I didn’t realize that Redbox Instant was being offered on Xbox 360 in the beta version; I assumed it would be only after it was out of beta. There are so many ways to rent movies these days, it can be overwhelming to figure out the best services. Your article didn’t really discuss the advantages or disadvantages of Redbox Instant. I would rather have more selection than the kiosks have for physical media though. That’s what I like about my DISH Blockbuster @Home, is that I can stream to my iPad when I’m on my break and working at my DISH office or on a trip for them, AND it only costs $10 a month and includes unlimited games and Blu-ray by mail. Now it’s just too convenient to use Blockbuster @Home since I don’t have to leave the house to rent and yet I have hundreds of thousands of choices over Redbox Instant.

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