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Coinstar (CSTR) and Verizon (VZ) will launch Redbox Instant in an invitation-only beta phase...

Coinstar (CSTR) and Verizon (VZ) will launch Redbox Instant in an invitation-only beta phase this month with an official rollout planned for next year. For $8 a month, users can stream movies and select up to 4 DVDs per month from Redbox kiosks. An online store will also offer movies for rental or purchase. For now, the service appears to analyst to be only a minor threat to Netflix (NFLX), although the potential for bigger things down the road remains.
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  • MexCom
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    VZ would do well to sell the movies for free and just charge for the air time on portable device access. Planes, trains and Dr. offices, LOL.
    12 Dec 2012, 09:11 AM Reply Like
  • skibimamex
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    do they seriously believe that a "streaming service" where you have to drive down to the grocery store to pick up a DVD is the type of solution that consumers are dying for? Only a bellhead would think that.

     

    The ability to purchase and or rent during the PPV /VOD window or purchase via Electronic Sell-Through is the smae as any of thousands of other providers:Amazon, Google, Apple iTunes, Samsung, WalMart,....

     

    The question is what content it has that someone is paying $4 for - I am assuming half the $8 subscription is ear-marked for Redbox's sneakernet "streaming" solution (assuming that you return the disc the next day and dont keep it longer, and of course not counting any of the $/gln gas). By definition, it does not include any of the exclusive content that Hulu and Netflix has (or that HBO, Starz, Showtime, Epix etc. have during their pay cable 1 window) and so it is left with catalogue product of non-exclusive 2nd/3rd run movies available on Crackle, Netflix, Epix HD, and Amazon. In essence, it's Amazon Prime - Lite.

     

    A service offering that only a bell head can love. Fail.
    12 Dec 2012, 06:22 PM Reply Like
  • bpath
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    I believe that is streaming AND 4 DVD/month at kiosks. That said, streaming content is an issue and will take significant capital and time to catch up to where Netflix is already.
    13 Dec 2012, 02:31 AM Reply Like
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