Would-be Netflix competitor Redbox – in conjunction with Verizon – has just released its official app into the Play Store. Dubbed Redbox Instant, the service allows unlimited movie and TV show streaming, along with four monthly rentals from Redbox kiosks for a mere $8 a month.

This is not a carrier-branded application and will work with a variety of different phones and tablets – even Wi-Fi-only models.

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We've known that Redbox and Verizon have been beta testing the service for the last several weeks, but it looks like they're one step closer to a full, public release at this point. The app allows you to not only stream movies and shows directly on your mobile, but also reserve movies at Redbox kiosks, bookmark favorite titles, and even buy or rent movies without a subscription – a feature that is nowhere to be found in Netflix.

At the current time, the Redbox Instant site is still showing the service in beta, but you sign up for an access code to give it a shot. Even after the service goes public, the first month will be completely free, with the $8 monthly charge starting thereafter.

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  • defred34

    How I wish this kind of a service came here to Malaysia! Piracy surely won't exist then.

    • fromafar

      use a vpn or dns changer like unblock-us and you'll be able to access it.. that's what i use for netflix and hulu

  • Derek Duncan

    what an iphone clone of an app. ugh.

  • Punkdefied

    Getting error message on launch about content protection. Is this because the service hasn't launched or because I'm rooted on a Galaxy Nexus?

    • http://www.facebook.com/rob.watkins.7 Rob Watkins

      Looks like it's because you're rooted. Someone else mentioned that the "hide my root" app from the market will solve the problem.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

    Is this only for Verizon users or all carriers?

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

      nvm, they just updated the article. Thanks!! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/Bgill55 Bgill55

    No go in rooted devices

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

      Same. Any idea how it detects Root so we can fix this?

    • markgbe

      that's annoying....

  • http://twitter.com/Bgill55 Bgill55

    So a work around install the Hide my Root apk from the market hide your su binary and your good to go

    • Robert Hicks

      According to the description in the Play store it doesn't work on custom ROMs. AOKP users like myself are SOL. :(

      • http://twitter.com/Bgill55 Bgill55
        • jb

          thanks installed it and was able to get passed that device not allowed screen... just waiting on a code now..

        • JG

          When I read your post, I initially thought Hide My Root just intercepted an app's is.root() function call and returned FALSE, so the app (this, Google Movies, etc) would think the phone is unrooted.... I was real surprised Google would let something like that in their Play Store.... But apparently it actually hides the root by basically removing it temporarily... So you won't be able to run any root permissions while the app is active... Which, I'd assume, is why Google allowed it...

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

        I'm an AOKP user and it works perfectly on my GSIII.

  • Albin Hermansson

    No offence Verizon, but that's kinda fugly... And seriously, those buttons take up a fourth of the screen...

    • http://cashd00d.co.cc/ WHAT?

      From what I understand, Verizon (not Verizon Wireless) is providing the backbone for the streaming aspects of the service.

  • KingRando

    Will you be able to stream everything available at a RedBox kiosk?

  • Paul

    A very easy work around if you are using SuperSU for root is to go into settings and uncheck Enable Superuser. Then the app will work just fine. When you are done with the app just Enable Superuser. Not sure if you are using the superuser app for root but if it has a similar option it should work.

  • Matthew Fry

    I understand why this isn't a carrier specific (needs a large user base to be viable) but I don't understand why Verizon has attached itself to the project. Seems too altruistic for a company that charges the most for service.

  • Sqube

    If their streaming library is substantially the same as that of Netflix, I'm not seeing a real reason to give them any money.

    • http://cashd00d.co.cc/ WHAT?

      4 free Redbox rentals per month makes it worth it for me. I usually rent a few new releases each month anyway, and I've got Netflix streaming.

  • http://cashd00d.co.cc/ WHAT?

    Perhaps in the future they will add a plan that includes video game rentals... that would be awesome!