Redbox has been running a Netflix alternative service in closed beta for the last couple of months. Redbox Instant by Verizon is a new movie streaming service from the kiosk-based DVD and Game rental service.
The new Netflix alternative by Verizon offers unlimited access to streaming movies and credits for 4 DVD rentals for $8 a month. Blu-ray and streaming only subscription options are available for $9 and $6 per month as well.
As compared to Netflix, Redbox has a very limited number of titles available for streaming – a major shortcoming as of now. However I think to be a successful Netflix alternative, Redbox will soon add more and more titles to its catalog.
Ultimately, from a simple maths point of view for $8 a month you get -
- Credit for any 4 DVD movies/games at any kiosk. (4 * $1.20 = $4.80)
- Remaining ($8-$4.80 = $3.20) is for streaming movies. Which is not that bad from a simple mathematics point of view. However, if you don’t find what you are looking for online when you sit on that couch in the night, it is a very frustrating experience and a waste of $3.20 per month.
As of right now I found it to be pretty limited in terms of what you can stream. So I am going to stick with Netflix for some time and see if Redbox continues to grow. I have been a beta user of this Netflix alternative.
Here is how it works?
- Visit Redbox Instant on your computer.
- Click on “Start Free Trial“.
- Create your account and enter payment information.
- Install Redbox Instant app for devices you would like to stream movies on. Currently Android, iOS, XBox and other Samsung devices are supported. Check the complete list here.
- Once you have the required app install, log in to your account and search for movies available to stream.
- To get free DVDs from kiosk, check your account for credits. Or you can reserve the DVD online by using your credits.
As I said, it doesn’t hurt to give it a try. You get 4 free DVDs during your free trial. What is your opinion about it? Do you think Redbox has a chance to be a real Netflix alternative?