Watch Out Netflix: RedBox Instant Streaming Service Is Coming Soon

By Megan O'Neill 

As if there weren’t already enough streaming options out there, between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Vudu, HBO Go and even Toys R Us, RedBox has partnered with Verizon to launch a streaming service of their own.  Redbox Instant, which has been rumored to be in the works for some time now, is now finally getting underway.  This month the service will launch a beta test, with the public launch scheduled for next year.

Redbox Instant by Verizon is priced at $8 per month, which includes the unlimited streaming of movies, as well as four one-night credits per month for new releases on DVD at Redbox kiosks.  For an extra dollar per month, customers can take out Blu-ray Discs instead of DVDs.  The streaming only service, sans kiosk rentals, is $6 per month.

According to Home Media Magazine, “At launch, Redbox Instant will be offered via the Web, as well as on tablet and mobile devices, including iOS, Android, Samsung Blu-ray Players and TVs, LG Smart TV and connected Blu-ray Players, and Google TV.  More devices will be announced in the coming months.”

The streaming service will include titles from pay-TV service Epix, including new releases like Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Hunger Games, and other features from Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, and MGM 90.

Epix president and CEO, Mark Greenberg, said, “Redbox Instant by Verizon will be an exciting new service for consumers in the digital entertainment marketplace and we are thrilled to be their partner.  We have a long and successful relationship with Verizon FiOS, which was our first distribution partner at the launch of Epix, and we are excited to build on that relationship with Redbox Instant.  We are confident that the movies we have will be a popular and important part of the success oft his new service.”

Are you looking forward to subscribing to Redbox Instant by Verizon or do you think there are already enough services of this kind out there?  We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.