We’ve been waiting and waiting for our Redbox Instant beta access here at GeekWire and are wondering when we’ll receive our invitation.

But now we know for sure that the service will be here, at the very least, in two months. Redbox Instant by Verizon CEO Shawn Strickland told reporters this morning at the CES that the streaming movie service will be out of beta and available to the public by March.

The new service from Verizon and Coinstar’s Redbox unit launched as a public beta in December. A couple of us at GeekWire signed up for the beta early on, but we haven’t yet gotten our access codes or run across anyone else who has.

“We went into public beta just before the holiday and have been inviting people into the service who signed up through RedboxInstant.com,” a spokesperson told us in an email. “We’ve had tremendous interest in the service and we’re working as quickly as possible to accommodate everyone interested in being part of the early Redbox Instant by Verizon service.”

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, they can get Blu-ray rentals rather than standard DVDs.

Online streaming will be available via the web, mobile devices plus some smart TVs and Blu-ray players. The apps for Redbox Instant are available on Android and iOS, but they require access to the beta (and eventually a subscription) to use. Redbox says more compatible streaming devices will be announced in the coming months.

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  • n8

    I got my beta code by following them on twitter and liking them on facebook after they sent me an email telling me to do so. So far small selection, the UI is comparable to Netflix and Amazon Prime.

    • Jimmy Mackey

      Having a good selection is the whole reason for even using a streaming service. While Netflix has built up their selection, the new releases are still fewer and I ended up paying for both streaming and by mail. Even Redbox doesn’t have a huge selection of new releases at the kiosk. I prefer to stream newer movies, in addition to TV shows (which Redbox doesn’t have), which I get over 100,000 choices by mail, streaming in my home, or, on the go with my iPad with my DISH Blockbuster @Home service. I watch a lot of new releases on Blu-ray too when my DISH coworker comes over with his family, which happens a lot, and is included with my subscription, and that saves me a lot of money over paying for two subscriptions from Netflix.

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