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Redbox And Verizon May Undercut Netflix With $6 Per Month Service

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    Redbox and Verizon May Undercut Netflix with $6 per Month Service | TIME.com (click for full article)

    By Jared Newman Dec. 03, 2012


    "Redbox and Verizon's streaming video service reportedly won't have as many movies and shows as Netflix, but it may be $2 per month cheaper.


    The so-called "Redbox Instant by Verizon" will cost $6 per month according to GigaOM's Janko Roettgers, who discovered the details by looking through publicly available support documents. (The web pages in question now require a password to see.)


    Like Netflix, the service will provide unlimited video streaming, but will also have some other optional perks. Subscribers can pay an extra $2 per month for four nights of DVD rentals through Redbox kiosks. (Rentals usually cost $1.20 per night.) The service will also offer on-demand rentals of newer movies, starting at $0.99, with offline access to those videos available on some devices.


    At launch, the Redbox and Verizon service will be available on web browsers, iOS and Android devices, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and select TVs and Blu-ray players from Samsung, GigaOM reports. Despite Verizon's involvement, anyone will be able to sign up, not just Verizon TV and Internet subscribers.


    Granted, the service is in closed beta now, and final pricing could change, but if those details prove accurate, Redbox Instant by Verizon would be the cheapest alternative to Netflix yet. On a yearly basis, it'd be $24 less expensive than Netflix. It would also be $9 per year less expensive than Amazon Prime, whose other perks include free two-day shipping on store orders and a free e-book catalog for Kindle devices.


    Still, the service wouldn't quite be the same as those rivals in terms of selection. Paul Davis, CEO of Redbox operator Coinstar, told Fast Company last August that it wants to have a smaller, but better selection of movies than Netflix. Also, he suggested that the focus will be more on movies than television.


    The one thing that's always worried me about the service is that it might play things safe so as not to endanger Verizon's existing FiOS TV and on-demand video services. Netflix, meanwhile, can keep pursuing newer and better content without fear of cord cutting or cord shaving. Netflix has even funded original shows, including a Kevin Spacey drama and a new season of Arrested Development. Somehow I doubt that Redbox and Verizon will be as aggressive.


    We won't know how well the Redbox-Verizon approach compares until the service goes live-possibly December 17, according to the documents GigaOM turned up. Still, it could be a useful alternative to Netflix and Amazon by offering unique features and a lower overall price."
     
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    Redbox Instant Streaming Plan Takes On Netflix | TIME.com (click for full article)

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - "DVD kiosk operator Redbox is launching a challenge to Netflix's streaming-video supremacy.


    Later this month, Redbox will offer an unlimited streaming-video plan that includes movies from Warner Bros. and pay TV channel Epix, along with four nights of physical DVD rentals, for $8 a month, or $9 a month if customers want Blu-ray discs.


    The offering is a direct attack on Netflix Inc. and is priced even lower than the $10-a-month DVD and streaming plan that Netflix abandoned a year ago. The lowest price plan from Netflix that combines DVDs-by-mail and streaming is now $16 a month.


    The new service, called Redbox Instant by Verizon, is "targeted squarely at movie lovers," said Shawn Strickland, the chief executive of the joint venture between Redbox parent Coinstar Inc., which is based in Bellevue, Wash., and New York-based Verizon Communications Inc.


    The service won't include TV shows when it launches on an invitation-only basis before the end of the year. Video game disc rentals, which cost $2 a night, are also not included in the plan.


    While the price and features of the Redbox service are similar to what's offered by Netflix, its library is smaller and focused mainly on the most popular Hollywood fare, which Strickland says are the movies that "really matter in the marketplace."


    Redbox kiosks carry the top 200 recent movies from the major studios and rent DVDs out for $1.20 per night and Blu-ray discs for $1.50 per night with the swipe of a credit card. The streaming plan will feature about 5,500 movies from the libraries of Warner Bros. and Epix, which is owned by Paramount Pictures, MGM and Lionsgate.


    That means subscribers could stream movies such as "The Hunger Games" over computers and certain connected Blu-ray players and Internet-enabled TVs. For now, video game consoles will not be able to play Redbox streaming titles.


    In comparison, Netflix has an estimated 60,000 titles available for streaming on a nearly ubiquitous array of devices and has an unrivalled DVD library with more than 100,000 titles.


    While it's priced attractively, the new service could have limited appeal for the absent-minded. DVD renters who neglect to return discs will start having to pay extra after their four nights of rentals are used up each month. Unused rental credits won't roll over into the following month. Netflix DVD subscribers keep discs as long as they want, but don't get new ones until shipping the ones they have back in the mail.


    The deal marks another expansion for Epix, which licensed its movies to Netflix in a blockbuster $1 billion, five-year deal in 2010. The exclusivity of that pact expired in September, allowing Amazon.com Inc. to also license Epix movies for subscribers of its Amazon Prime annual shipping service."
     
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    http://www.androidauthority.com/redbox-instant-beta-heading-android-google-tv-139250/ (click for full article)

    Redbox Instant beta heading to Android and Google TV


    by Robert Triggs on Dec 12, 2012


    "Earlier today Verizon announced that Redbox Instant, an online movie and game rental service, will be rolling out on an assortment of devices in the very near future. Compatible devices included Android, Google TV, iOS, Samsung Blu-ray Players, LG Smart TV and any TVs with SmartHub, which is quite a list.


    Redbox Instant plans to bring thousands of popular movies streaming into consumers homes and mobile devices for an $8 monthly subscription, exactly the same price as its main competitor Netflix. However not only will Redbox provide an unlimited streaming service for this price, but also plans to throw in four disc rentals each month which will be available from any of their 42,400 kiosks across the U.S. There's also the option of turning those extra rentals into Blu-ray discs for just $1 more, which is great news for HD enthusiasts.


    Unfortunately Redbox Instant will only be available for U.S. residents for the foreseeable future, so the rest of us will have to make do without. According to the press release the beta will be available "later this month," so keep your eyes peeled."
     
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    Interesting. I'm wondering if the Verizon/Redbox streaming service "support" for Google TV will be via a real app - or if GTV will just link to their web site for the web version.
     
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    I am interested in this service and will accept any offer for a free trial if I see one. The four Blu-ray rentals a month are important to me but anybody not interested in renting DVD or Blu-ray won't think much of the service unless there is a streaming only plan at about $6/month.
     
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    I hope we see a native app. Google and Verizon are buddies :)
     
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    But that 1 free month is with a subscription. That's how I take it.
     
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    All free month trials I have subscribed to are just that, don't like it, cancel before paying anything.
     

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