The Xbox 360 is the only dedicated gaming platform that has an official application for Redbox Instant by Verizon. This service is still relatively new, and gives you access to a selection of streaming movies and four Redbox kiosk rentals for $8 a month. Redbox Instant is coming to other consoles in due time, but PlayOn subscribers can stream its content on the PS3, Wii, Wii U and other platforms right now.
PlayOn is a rather clever way to watch all kinds of video content on your consoles and other internet-enabled devices. It acts as a media server that streams video content from your PC to other devices on your home network. We covered the service back in December and found it to work very well. The biggest drawback to the service was the lack of HD streaming.
I suppose one of the big questions here is whether Redbox Instant is worth subscribing to. I’m going to say no. I tried Redbox Instant for a month and found its selection of movies to be dated and lacking. Many of the films it offers can be found on Netflix. Perhaps in time I can give it a green light, but for now, your $8 is better spent elsewhere. It’s better served going towards a PlayOn subscription.
PlayOn isn’t free, but you can try it out for 30 days. A yearly subscription costs $24.99, and a lifetime subscription is on sale for $44.99.