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Longtime Redbox faithful have been waiting for what seems like forever as they anticipate the launch of the joint Redbox/Verizon streaming venture. They may need to be a bit more patient, as the new service is now said to be launching between late November and mid-December.

Eric Bruno, Verizon’s VP of strategy and planning, revealed the holiday-timed launch window in a recent interview. The service, which Bruno says “can stand on its own against Netflix [and] Amazon”, will offer a monthly subscription as well as DVD rentals from Redbox kiosks. The service will also feature a la carte movie rentals and purchases, according to Bruno.

Bruno says the service is currently being tested in the homes of several hundred Verizon employees and will go through a short period of public testing before its official launch around the holidays.

Is this service going to live up to expectations and provide a strong challenge to Netflix and Amazon, Insiders? Are you planning on using it?

[via Bloomberg]

23 Responses to “Redbox Instant by Verizon to Lauch by Holidays”

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    Dano! [visitor]

    Two things.
    !. Will it have Closed Caption for the hard of Hearing?Bet not???? If not you are going to lose a Ton of people.
    2. Price?
    NetFlix has all I need at a great price. The Online set up is great. And has Closed Caption…On over 2,500 TV shows and Movies.
    And Millions and Millions need it.Like I do..

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    Joe Joe [visitor]

    If rentals are at least a dollar less than vudu or amazon redbox will dominate as for the monthly service depends on the price and content, will it have a high price but you’ll get all the new releases? Or it’ll be like netflix? Will it be on gaming consoles , tablets or smartphones?and it better have an user friendly interface with recommendations and rating system kinda like netflix cause i tried hulu plus but it sometimes frustrates me that its too hard to find something i might like

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    Jamie [visitor]

    Until we hear more details on how it will be made available, pricing and selection, it’s impossible to answer those questions.

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    Quatermass [quatermass]

    I like having the a la carte option rather than strictly by monthly membership. I’ll definitely try it, but like everyone else said, there are too many unknowns at this point.

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    Joe [visitor]

    Selection and price will determine the fate of this marriage.

    Yesterday I had a FREE Redbox rental and stopped by a location with two kiosks. I couldn’t find a single thing I wanted to rent! In this case, even FREE was too expensive!

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    ChadCronin [chadcronin]

    I hope pricing is low. What happeneed to the voting up or down on a comment, that was something that motivated me to post on here, bring it back

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    Vandrvekn [visitor]

    Still no information on pricing, availability, or content. Still trying to drum up interest in a phantom.

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    internet [visitor]

    You really make it appear really easy with your presentation however I to find this topic to be actually something which I think I might by no means understand. It sort of feels too complicated and very wide for me. I’m looking ahead for your subsequent publish, I will try to get the hold of it!

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    VF [visitor]

    As soon as there’s a Roku app, I’ll gladly give it a try.