The Selection of Movies on Redbox Instant by Verizon

Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2013

RedboxAs an avid Netflix user (and I mean AVID), I was drooling at the thought of Redbox Instant Streaming. I envisioned a plethora of movies (that I have never seen before) and thoroughly planned on being a Redbox subscriber before I even got a chance at the trial run. I was hoping that when I got tired of Netflix…Redbox Streaming would fill in the gaps. However, when I got a crack at the new movie streaming service, I could barely find a single ‘new’ movie that I haven’t seen yet, or that wasn’t offered on Netflix.

If you are going to come out with instant movie streaming to rival the leading option, then you’re going to have to offer something a little better than 4 free DVD rentals at a Redbox kiosk. I’m already going to the kiosks on a regular basis, and I want to stay home more often. If my assessment of a service still in beta testing is a bit harsh, maybe it’s because of all the hype surrounding it. There was an extreme amount of fanfare, emails, and whispers that Redbox Instant Streaming is the next Netflix-killer, and I am sorely disappointed.

Before I was chosen to test out the service, I fed into the buzz…and I spread the buzz. Everyone in my household was anticipating what Redbox had to offer, and now I’m actually embarrassed to have gotten so excited. I feel like I just opened up a beautifully wrapped Christmas present and found a pair of socks…that I already own.

The Lowdown on Redbox Instant by Verizon

For $8 per month, a Redbox Instant by Verizon subscription offers unlimited streaming and 4 DVD credits per month (1 DVD credit = 1 night rental) that you can use at over 40,000 Redbox locations across the United States. They also offer a movie streaming only option for $6, but if the streaming selections are weak, what is the point?

You don’t have to be a Verizon customer to sign up for the service, but high-speed Internet access is obviously needed. They say that you can stream movies to any internet-connected device, including smartphones (iPhone and Android), tablets, computers and Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray Players, but there are some reported issues with the Nexus 10. The Redbox Instant by Verizon app is limited to certain devices, but you don’t need it to stream content.

In conclusion, I truly believe Redbox Instant by Verizon is meant for people who have never seen Netflix before. It simply can’t compare as is. They don’t even offer TV shows…so what selling point is supposed to sway customers away from Netflix to Redbox Streaming? Maybe Redbox needs to stick with the kiosks, and leave the streaming content to Netflix. Just my opinion.

Have you tried Redbox Instant Steaming?  What do you think?

Disclosure: As a BzzAgent,  I received a free 1-month trial of Redbox Instant by Verizon so that I could give my honest opinion about the service.

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  • http://usingtimewisely.com/ Tracy @ usingtimewisely.com

    I haven’t tried this service. To be honest, I haven’t even heard the buzz. As one who has Netflix and who doesn’t care for the selections found therein, I would not consider changing, especially after your review. Thanks for saving me time and energy!
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    • http://pricelesswriters.com Yona

      Hi Tracy,

      I’m on the computer a lot, so I faced the buzz in Yahoo Headlines (when I checked the latest news), on my Twitter feed, tech blogs, Mashable, and received a lot of emails from Redbox. I also got a lot of announcement emails from Redbox, including the chance to test out the beta for free (outside of BzzAgent), and then more emails saying I was on a waiting list to test, and how the service was coming soon…lots of ‘reminder’ emails that the service existed. This is why I was so disappointed. They were very successful in drumming up interest, but failed in delivering a service that lived up to the expectations that THEY created. Thanks for stopping by.

  • http://www.jollyjillys.blogspot.com jollyjillys

    This sounds like a great thing. I love to watch movies and as I live in a rural area so its hard to get out to see a movie. I will check this out . Thanks for sharing

    • http://pricelesswriters.com Yona

      Hi there and thanks for stopping by,

      If you have not subscribed to Netflix before, then Redbox Streaming is something that will entertain you briefly.

      I am curious to see what happens in March when they come out of beta testing. However, if you want a solid service – I recommended Netflix, which also offers a vast collection of TV show series – complete seasons of current shows and old favorites.

  • http://www.realposhmom.com Real Posh Mom | Jennifer

    Thank you so much for your honest opinion. I actually have never heard about this. I am an avid Netflix, Hulu+ and Amazon Prime Instant Watcher, and I agree on your point that if you want to enter the competition, you need to have relevant or exclusive content. I guess I will continue heading to the kiosk…even though I hate it when it is too sunny or rainy outside. ;)

    • http://pricelesswriters.com Yona

      Thanks for stopping by Jennifer,

      I am really curious about Hulu+ and Amazon Prime.
      I will be using the 1 free week offer to try out Hulu when I have more time to really devote to exploring it.
      Will also look into trying gout Amazon Prime when I finally have enough Swagbucks to order a Kindle Fire HD from Amazon…I am so close!

  • http://dominiquegoh.com Dominique Goh

    I normally watch movies online and from direct downloads.. haven’t heard about this one that you mentioned.
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    • http://pricelesswriters.com Yona

      Hi Dominique,
      Thanks for stopping by.

  • http://www.helicoptermomandjustplanedad.com C. Lee Reed

    This is so disappointing, I had just seen the announcement for streaming and was looking forward to using that instead of driving to my local CVS. Bummer. Thanks for providing this information, you’ve kept me on budget.
    C. Lee Reed recently posted..New Year isn’t just for resolutions; it’s for pondering the past

    • http://pricelesswriters.com Yona

      Hi there!

      Redbox Streaming comes out of beta testing in March, so maybe things will get better.
      I’d save the free trial offer to try until then when they get their act together.
      If they are serious about competing in this field…they have to make changes.
      They really need to seal a deal with a movie company to obtain exclusive content not offered anywhere else, and then the $6 per month offer makes them more appealing to users and cheaper than Netflix.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  • http://learningandyearning.com Susan

    I wasn’t even aware that redbox has streaming videos available. My husband is a big fan of Netflix, but Redbox would certainly need to provide something different to get him to switch.
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    • http://pricelesswriters.com Yona

      Yes they do Susan,

      I’m also a big fan of Netflix streaming but most certainly open to giving new avenues a try…when it’s worth it!

  • http://www.prettyopinionated.com Nikki

    I’m sad that their selection isn’t great, I was planning to try them when it became widely available. I still may, though. I left Netflix last year, after they raised their prices without really offering me more for the money. If the service is the same as Netflix, I’ll try it. If it’s worse, I won’t. If Neflix either changes their pricing structure back to the way it was, or starts offering more new movies through streaming, I may give them another chance too. It’s all about who can give me the best deal.

  • Nickida

    I haven’t tried the service and I probably wont’ either. I already have Netflix and Hulu Plus.
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  • http://www.conversaving.com Jenni Allen

    I have friends who use Netflix and can’t say enough good about it. We generally just watch cable and rent occasional movies from Redbox. I was glad to hear your opinion about this in case we move to the streaming option in the future. You saved me some time looking into it. Thanks!
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  • http://www.couponblessingsnow.com andi

    i haven’t even tried Redbox yet…. :D

  • Kim (babyw8)

    Interesting. We don’t have this service in Canada only NetFlix and I don’t subscribe to them but am thinking about it.
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    • http://pricelesswriters.com Yona

      Hi Kim,

      Aside from the movies, I also really like the foreign film and TV show selection of Netflix.

  • http://www.sonotorganized.com Jean

    I didn’t even know Redbox offered any sort of streaming service. We are pretty loyal Netflix customers though. We stream it and get 1 dvd at a time. Sometimes if I can’t find what I want on Netflix, I’ll go ahead and use some Amazon credits to either buy or rent a movie or television episode. I probably wouldn’t like Redbox for streaming if they don’t offer tv shows as that is mainly what I do watch on Netflix.
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    • http://pricelesswriters.com Yona

      I agree Jean,

      The selection of TV shows on Netflix is pretty satisfying…old shows, new shows, complete seasons, classics, documentaries, some shown on cable stations, and even reality TV.

  • http://www.amazinggraceandasafehaven.com Carrie Wood

    I had no idea that Red Box offered this service. I need to check it out. Thanks for the review.
    Carrie Wood recently posted..Is Six Enough?

  • http://familialramblings.com Felicia

    I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of this, which is weird considering I’m hugely into movies. Perhaps it’s because I have Netflix, which has me hooked. I can’t foresee myself leaving Netflix any time soon, but I hope that there are some good options out there if I do end up leaving it for some reason.

  • http://www.divaswithapurpose.com Michelle

    Love when a blogger gives their honest opinion of a product / service in a professional way. Thanks for this. I hadn’t heard of the new service but I’m not really big on using Redbox or Netflix-like services. It sounds like Redbox has quite a few kinks to work out. I hope they make the appropriate updates so they can live up to the hype.

  • http://www.mymommyworld.com Erin @ My Mommy World

    I’m so glad that I read this post! My husband and I have been thinking about alternatives to cable, and it’s good to know to stay away from the new Redbox streaming. I like Redbox for movies once in a while, but it would be easier to just stream them at home instead of dragging two kids out with me just to return a movie. Thanks for your honest review!
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