Redbox, Verizon Launching $6-a-Month Movie Streaming
Netflix competitor expected to open to public next year
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2012 10:52 AM CST
In this photo taken by AP Images for Redbox, Noemi Tejeda rents a movie from a pop up Redbox Kiosk at Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011.   (Ross Dettman/AP Images for Redbox)

(Newser) – Watch out, Netflix, here comes Redbox: The movie-rental kiosk company is teaming up with Verizon, as expected, to launch a Netflix competitor. Redbox Instant by Verizon will offer unlimited streaming for just $6 a month, according to AllThingsD. That's less than the $7.99 Netflix charges for the same thing, Mashable points out. Redbox Instant will also offer an $8-per-month option that adds four DVDs per month from Redbox kiosks, or $9-per-month for four Blu-ray discs. The service will launch later this month, but will be invitation-only until next year.

Redbox Instant will also offer the option to buy and rent videos via an online store. Its content will come from Epix—so think "newish" movies like Thor and Captain America, plus big new releases after they've already been made available to rent or watch on pay TV—as well as Warner Bros. for older movies. It won't have as big a selection as some of its competitors, AllThingsD points out, and it won't have as much TV content as Netflix has available.

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Dec 12, 2012 1:34 PM CST
Selection will be key. I want to see a lot more older movies in the line up and by older, in mean from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies. Netflix does a crummy job at streaming older movies but they are pretty much the only game in town for old movies. From what the article said, this is a yawn for me.
Dec 12, 2012 11:48 AM CST
ho hum
Dec 12, 2012 11:25 AM CST
Not a game-changer. First, the price is no difference, so selection will be more important. Secondly, I avoid Verizon like a nightmare -- their customer service is legendarily bad. On the bright side, adding to customer choices might improve competition and reduce prices of all the video delivery systems (cable, wireless, phone) and maybe someday we won't have to buy packages of channels just to see the few shows or movies we want.