Monday, July 15, 2013

Redbox Instant by Verizon

I am a BzzAgent and was recently offered a campaign from them to receive a free month of Redbox Instant by Verizon and to review it for them. (You too can receive a free month if you just sign up on their website No, you don't have to be a Verizon carrier to get this either. Anyone can!!

Here are some key points about Redbox Instant by Verizon that my campaign stated
My complaints/complements are in color after the key points.

  • The $8/month subscription gives you the best value for your bucks: 4 DVD credits every month (1 DVD credit = 1 night rental) to use at over 35,000 Redbox locations nationwide PLUS a streaming library of movie hits
    • Okay, so it is only a penny more than what I pay for my Netflix subscription, and they offer me 4 free DVD credits a month. I live in a town of about 15,000 and have 4 Redbox locations, so they are relatively accessible.

  • You don’t have to be a Verizon customer to sign up for the service, but you do need high-speed internet access to use it
    • Understandable. Probably need that for Netflix too.

  • You can report any service issues via the Help Center at
    • Didn't need their help, so really don't have an opinion... Hope they answer you relatively fast though.

  • Instantly stream Hollywood hits to most internet-connected devices, including smartphones (iPhone and Android), tablets, computers, Xbox 360s, and select Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players and LG Smart TVs
    • I was able to stream on my Android smartphone; HOWEVER, it stunk!!! It kept pausing and rebuffing. I tried it on my WiFi, and using my 4G internet on my phone. Still rebuffed after only a few minutes of viewing. Tablet. I have a Kindle Fire HD. Can't stream it on there. I can with Netflix FYI... Xbox 360, Smart TVs, Blue-Ray player, LG Smart TVs I do have an Xbox 360, but I don't have it hooked up to the internet. My blue ray player is only a couple years old and can't play anything from Redbox.
    • I do have a Wii, and a Play Station 3. I was disappointed that I couldn't watch Redbox instant on either of those. We use those regularly to watch Netflix on and so I assumed that Redbox should be able to be on both of those devices as well. Maybe in the future?!?! Who knows, but as of right now they don't.

  • The Redbox Instant by Verizon app is limited to certain devices, but is not needed to stream content

    • So yeah... I call BS on this one. I tried to stream a movie on my Kindle Fire HD. I found a movie I wanted to watch, I clicked on "WATCH NOW" and then was directed to this. So if they state that the Redbox Instant app is not needed to stream content, then why was I directed to this site that states "The Redbox Instant app is needed to play on this device." 
  • You can buy and rent movies digitally without a subscription, including today’s newest releases
    • That's nice... On Netflix I can watch "Little Black Book for FREE!!!!! But I have to buy it on Redbox Instant for $9.99. Straight A's is FREE on Netflix, and $4.99 or get it at the Kiosk with Redbox. So, yeah, I had problems even finding several other movies that I can watch on Netflix.
  • You can browse Redbox locations and reserve movies at the box of your choice using the app, too!
    • I already knew where the Redbox locations were in my town, but I used it to see where different Redbox locations were where my mom lives and even where my husband is currently working.
    • I have reserved movies at a Redbox location, and didn't have any problems with it. I even reserved some from my computer and didn't have any problems with that either. The whole process goes really smoothly.

    There are several movies that I tried to locate and couldn't find for Redbox Instant. My children also like to watch TV shows and TV series; however, both of those can not be located on the Redbox Instant site. This was a complete negative for me, and was one of the major key points in why I will be canceling my Redbox Instant subscription. My children are the ones that really watch the majority of Netflix. Yes, I do have my shows and movies that I watch along with my husband, but there are SO many learning shows that my kids will watch and enjoy on Netflix.
    I don't know if I will ever subscribe in the future... Maybe if they include TV shows and series, who knows. But what I do know is that after my free month of Redbox instant, it will be canceled and I will continue on with my Netflix subscription.

    Until Next Time,

    ~Cristina AKA Stay At Home Mom

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