Verizon, Redbox Team Up to Take Down Netflix
New streaming venture announced, but few details given
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2012 12:20 PM CST
Movie titles are displayed on a RedBox video rental kiosk August 14, 2009 in San Rafael, California.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Watch out, Netflix: Verizon and Redbox are teaming up. Verizon announced today it will enter the video streaming business in a joint venture with Coinstar, the parent company of Redbox DVD rental kiosks, Mashable reports. Verizon said the new service, which will also include access to DVD and Blu-ray discs, will be available across the nation later this year. Anyone in the US, even those who are not current Verizon subscribers, will be able to use the subscription service.

Streaming content will be available on smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs, and similar devices. No further details on the service, including price, are yet known. Says a Verizon exec, "Together, we are erasing old technology boundaries, freeing people to spontaneously enjoy the entertainment they want, whenever they choose, using the devices and media they prefer, at home or away."

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Feb 6, 2012 11:21 PM CST
Judging by redbox's selection: no thanks. I have over 400 films in my Netflix queue, and maybe 5 MIGHT be found in a redbox. Not to mention Verizon is the last company I would give my money to. Though Netflix really needs to provide a discount for customers using both dvd and streaming services, especially longtime customers like myself.
Feb 6, 2012 6:23 PM CST
To hell with Netflix, they screwed themselves by getting greedy.. so what if their costs went up a little, they should have taken it out of their rich profits instead of passing it on to the poor consumer. There has to be competition or they will just raise prices and do whatever they want.. (like they are now)
Feb 6, 2012 5:48 PM CST
Poor Netflix. They are doing the opposite of WINNING and have become fodder for business classes as an example of what not to do.