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 –

  1. Credit for any 4 DVD movies/games at any kiosk.  (4 * $1.20 = $4.80)
  2. 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?

Redbox Instant by Verizon - How does it work?

Redbox Instant by Verizon – How does it work?

  1. Visit Redbox Instant on your computer.
  2. Click on “Start Free Trial“.
  3. Create your account and enter payment information.
  4. 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.
  5. Once you have the required app install, log in to your account and search for movies available to stream.
  6. To get free DVDs from kiosk, check your account for credits.  Or you can reserve the DVD online by using your credits.
  7. Enjoy.

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?