(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

The rumored Redbox Instant video streaming service is officially a real thing. WBBM reports the joint venture between Redbox and Verizon aims to …

“… dethrone Netflix as the king of streaming video. The DVD kiosk company’s launching a new plan called Redbox Instant that will allow users to stream online.”

Redbox and Verizon announced the plan back in July. According to Forbes, Redbox Instant has content deals in place with Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and MGM. Plus, KSHB says the …

“… unlimited streaming video plan includes movies from Warner Bros. and pay-TV channel, Epix.”

You heard right — just movies. No word of Redbox’s offering including TV series like its rival Netflix does. But according to PC World, Redbox hopes …

“… to make up for it by offering more popular movies … For instance, Redbox Instant will offer ‘The Hunger Games,’ a film that hit theaters last March, for instant streaming.”

So, the big question — how much does it cost? Early reports suggested there might be a $6-per-month, streaming-only option. But that doesn’t appear to be part of the deal. WWLP says it’s …

“ … $8 a month, or $9 a month for those wanting Blu-ray discs. The plan also includes four nights of physical DVD rentals.”

Meanwhile, a writer for AllThingsD suggests the most interesting thing about Redbox is …

“ … what it could be, one day, if [Verizon] wants to push it. The service isn’t confined to Verizon’s fiber or wireless footprint, which means it could truly make it a national video service, if it wants to commit the resources. So far this looks more like a toe in the water than anything else.”

The new service is set to launch as an invitation-only beta later this month.

Redbox Instant Movie Streaming Service Takes Aim at Netflix

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Dec 12, 2012

Redbox Instant Movie Streaming Service Takes Aim at Netflix

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

The rumored Redbox Instant video streaming service is officially a real thing. WBBM reports the joint venture between Redbox and Verizon aims to …

“… dethrone Netflix as the king of streaming video. The DVD kiosk company’s launching a new plan called Redbox Instant that will allow users to stream online.”

Redbox and Verizon announced the plan back in July. According to Forbes, Redbox Instant has content deals in place with Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and MGM. Plus, KSHB says the …

“… unlimited streaming video plan includes movies from Warner Bros. and pay-TV channel, Epix.”

You heard right — just movies. No word of Redbox’s offering including TV series like its rival Netflix does. But according to PC World, Redbox hopes …

“… to make up for it by offering more popular movies … For instance, Redbox Instant will offer ‘The Hunger Games,’ a film that hit theaters last March, for instant streaming.”

So, the big question — how much does it cost? Early reports suggested there might be a $6-per-month, streaming-only option. But that doesn’t appear to be part of the deal. WWLP says it’s …

“ … $8 a month, or $9 a month for those wanting Blu-ray discs. The plan also includes four nights of physical DVD rentals.”

Meanwhile, a writer for AllThingsD suggests the most interesting thing about Redbox is …

“ … what it could be, one day, if [Verizon] wants to push it. The service isn’t confined to Verizon’s fiber or wireless footprint, which means it could truly make it a national video service, if it wants to commit the resources. So far this looks more like a toe in the water than anything else.”

The new service is set to launch as an invitation-only beta later this month.

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