Redbox Video Streaming Service to Launch This Month
December 14, 2012 9:35 AM
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Redbox streaming video service enters beta this month and undercuts Netflix
Movie rental kiosk service Redbox and Verizon Wireless are set to launch a new streaming video service to rival Netflix this month. The streaming video service will be called “Redbox Instant by Verizon” and will offer monthly subscriptions for six dollars per month. That streaming only price will undercut the price of Netflix by two dollars.
The Redbox streaming service will also have an eight-dollar monthly plan that includes unlimited streaming and four single night DVD rentals per month from Redbox kiosks. The service will go on sale in a limited beta later in the month.
The Redbox physical DVD and streaming plan for eight dollars per month is significantly cheaper than the Netflix plan that allows consumers to rent DVDs and costs $16 per month. Another significant benefit the Redbox service is that users can rent the DVDs immediately at any Redbox kiosk.
Redbox Instant subscribers will be able watch streaming movies from Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate Entertainment, Warner Bros. and MGM. Streaming will be available via smart TVs, smartphones, and tablets.
"They don't need everything Netflix has," said B. Riley & Co analyst Eric Wold. "I think it's going to be a big draw for consumers."
Redbox recently started selling
at some of its kiosks and is making plans to significantly expand its footprint.
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Realities of Netflix DVD service
12/15/2012 9:48:11 AM
I have both Netflix stream and DVD service and love them both.
With Redbox offering 4 discs per month for $2 additional, that is extremely good compared to Netflix. Even though Netflix is $8 a month for 1 "unlimited" DVD, the phyiscal transportation of the disc puts some very real limitations on the amount of discs you can get each month.
If Netflix ships Disc 1 on Monday, you recieve Disc 1 on Tuesday. You ship back Disc 1 on Wednesday and they ship Disc 2 on Friday so you get Disc 2 on Saturday. You can't send it back out until Monday so now your a day behind going into the next week. And of course neither Netflix or the USPS will ship/process the discs on Sunday.
At the VERY BEST you can get 8 discs per month per "disc" subscription from Netflix, but in reality your looking at about 6. So the cost is $1 to $1.33 per actual DVD if you get them out as quick as possible.
So while Netflix DVD selection is vastly superior, if you are interested in the newer releases that would be likely to be in the Redbox kiosk then its a much better deal at $0.50 per disc.
RE: Realities of Netflix DVD service
12/17/2012 5:46:02 PM
This right here is what I am looking at. But they do need to offer the streaming on a variety of devices. PC alone isn't going to cut it.
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