The doors have finally swung open on Redbox Instant, and now anyone can stream content via the new service powered by Coinstar and Verizon.
For $8/month, customers will get unlimited streaming of 4,600 titles, plus four one-night credits per month for DVDs. For $9/month, they can get Blu-ray rentals rather than standard DVDs. The service had been in beta for three months.
Redbox and Verizon are aiming to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon with its subscription service that blends online streaming with physical DVD rentals from Redbox kiosks.
Redbox Instant will focus solely on movies and has agreements to include streaming content from the pay TV network EPIX and its studio partners Paramount Picture, Lionsgate and MGM 90 days after films debut in the “traditional premium window.” Movies will also be available by electronic sell-through and video-on-demand rental agreements with major studios like NBCUniversal, Relativity and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The new service does not include TV shows or video games. Online streaming will be available via the web, mobile devices plus some smart TVs and Blu-ray players. Xbox 360 is the only console with a Redbox Instant app, while users can watch content with their Android and iOS smartphones.