Redbox Instant vs Netflix

Redbox Instant

Redbox Instant

Since Redbox and Verizon announced of a joint-venture in February 2012 they have launched an invite-only beta version of the streaming service in December, offering 4,500 movies to early testers. Since then you can now join for a free 1 month trial of Redbox Instant on your  iOS or Android device, as well as their Xbox 360 and Mac / PC (via a Silverlight plugin). Samsung also offers access via its connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

Redbox Instant vs Netflix

Redbox has pretty much taken off the gloves and declared a match, Redbox instant vs Netflix, who will win over all the movie goers. We have had Netflix since 1997 when the company first started and could not part with it. Netflix offers so may options for my family, from the 3 years old to the 3 teens in our house. But, on the other hand we utilize Redbox at least 4-6 times a month depending on new releases.

Redbox Instant hasn’t lived up to it name completely:

Limited Devices – Redbox instant is available on iOS, Microsoft Xbox, Android devices, and a handful of Samsung TVs. That is great but does not compare to Netflix and all the compatible devices on the market.

Limited Content –  It has less than 5,000 titles available for streaming now. And those are mostly from the company’s content deal with Epix (movie company). Of course, Netflix has a deal with Epix too, along with dozens of other content owners.

Cheaper is better – Redbox Instant has Netflix beat on price. For $8 a month, users can stream to their hearts’ content while enjoying four nights of rentals from one of their local DVD kiosks. You only get unlimited streaming from Netflix at that monthly price, with DVDs costing extra.

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About Colby

As the father of 5 and head of the household, I am often looking for the next best thing when it comes to my family. I enjoy trying new products and am excited about delving further into the tech world my wife and teens know so much about. You can also find me on Twitter: @dodomesticdad


  1. jennifer aikens says:

    Good to know. I currently use Netflix instant streaming (with one DVD out at a time) and Amazon Prime. I see ALOT of the same titles on Prime but it doesn’t have that constant view on it like Netflix which is irritating to have to keep selecting episodes when watching series. Amazon came out with it’s own watchlist which is nice and you can now stream to PS3 which is a must for us. The fact that Redbox doesn’t stream to PS3 is disappointing and would not work for me. I hate that Netflix bent us over and @#$%$^ us in the @$$ with their price changes but I am a stay at home mom and I haven’t run out of stuff to watch sooo I don’t see me switching soon.


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