Verizon and Redbox confirmed last month’s speculation that its Redbox Instant by Verizon streaming service would launch sometime in December. At some point within the next two weeks or so, Redbox Instant will launch to the public in beta form. It’ll be priced starting at $8 a month.
That $8 will pay for access to “thousands” of movies that can be streamed from PCs, mobile devices (iOS and Android), Samsung Blu-ray players, Google TV, LG Smart TVs and and LG Blu-ray players. Some of those movies will be provided by Epix which is also letting Redbox Instant subscribers stream new releases from Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount Pictures 90 days after they release on DVD and Blu-ray.
Redbox will also provide 4 credits that can be used on DVDs at the many Redbox kiosks. If you prefer Blu-rays, you’ll have to pay $9 a month.
Is it a Netflix slayer? Hardly. But offering four Redbox movies a month helps to make up for the lack of a streaming catalog.