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More Verizon/RedBox Details Emerge
No TV Shows or Games, Only 'Must Watch' Films
by Karl Bode 12:36PM Wednesday Dec 12 2012 Tipped by tshirt See Profile
Verizon and RedBox dished some additional details on their upcoming streaming video service, though most of the information already leaked weeks ago. We already knew that the service will try to undercut Netflix in an effort to quickly drum up subscribers, offering streaming for $6 a month or streaming and four physical disk rentals for $8 a month.

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Verizon again tells The Associated Press that the catalog will be skimpier than Netflix, with the justification that this is a service aimed at customers who simply want "must watch" movies:
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The new service, called Redbox Instant by Verizon, is "targeted squarely at movie lovers," said Shawn Strickland, the chief executive of the joint venture. The service won't include TV shows when it launches on an invitation-only basis before the end of the year. Video game disc rentals, which cost $2 a night, are also not included in the plan. While the price and features of the Redbox service are similar to what's offered by Netflix, its library is smaller and focused mainly on the most popular Hollywood fare, which Strickland says are the movies that "really matter in the marketplace."
The streaming service will feature about 5,500 movies to Netflix's catalog of more than 60,000. The combination of no TV shows, a limited catalog, and the inability to keep physical disks as long as you want -- could add up to make the entire offering significantly less compelling initially. While Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam just last week stated the service has been pushed into 2013, the AP story suggests they'll be launching an invite-only beta later this month.

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biochemistry
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Probably worth dumping my Starz programming for

How many movies does Amazon Instant carry?

Bill Neilson
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Re: Probably worth dumping my Starz programming for

said by biochemistry:

How many movies does Amazon Instant carry?

I give Amazon credit that they do seem to have more movies every few months with some recent deals.

Is it a great collection? No way but it is far from terrible, imo.

tshirt
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Re: Probably worth dumping my Starz programming for

But Amazons prices are high for those newer ones not included in prime, so 1 or 2 of those would buy a month at redbox.

tc1uscg

join:2005-03-09
Clinton Township, MI
said by Bill Neilson:

said by biochemistry:

How many movies does Amazon Instant carry?

I give Amazon credit that they do seem to have more movies every few months with some recent deals.

Is it a great collection? No way but it is far from terrible, imo.

They have enough to keep me onboard. Having kids in college and more on the way, I have their prime service (half price) so I get lots of movies for free.

As far as RedBox goes, seems as soon as big red came into the picture, they went from 1.00 a move to 1.25. I've not rented a movie from them since. (and don't plan too) I'll stick to Amazon, Huluplus and Netflix.
brianiscool

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Miami, FL
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Redbox

Every neighborhood should have one installed.

tshirt
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Re: Redbox

I don't think the box is as interesting is the instant watch, but since there are sources for the same content it depends what works for you.
And 1 box is not enough, we have several Albertsons stores with multiple redboxes in and outside the store (not open 24 hours anymore)

ArrayList
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yes, the easier for me to steal them with prepaid credit cards.

FFH5
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Re: Redbox

said by ArrayList:

yes, the easier for me to steal them with prepaid credit cards.

Pushing CRIMINAL activity?
brianiscool

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Re: Redbox

They probably have camera's on these redboxes for each transaction.

ArrayList
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are you not aware how common it is for the disks to come up missing in these things? I stopped using redbox because I kept getting scans of dvds instead of the movie.

HarleyYac
Lee
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uhhhhhhhhh

FAIL
PastTense

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It Depends on the Movies

If the 5500 movies are the newer movies most people are interested in there will be a lot of interest in this service. But if it is older stuff which has already been on every venue for years, there won't.

Jeffrey
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Re: It Depends on the Movies

said by PastTense:

If the 5500 movies are the newer movies most people are interested in there will be a lot of interest in this service. But if it is older stuff which has already been on every venue for years, there won't.

If Ghostbusters 2 or Howard the Duck are listed as "must-watch" movies in the catalog, then it will be a pass from me.
b10010011
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So for about 20% savings I get 90% less choices?

I give it a year, two tops before it's history, if it even launches

Now if it was also 90% cheaper than Netflix, they might last.
meowmeow

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Helena, MT

Huh?

No movies? I think you meant TV shows.

mikesterr

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Atco, NJ

Pricing

So I got a Beta Invite today. Looks like there is the Subscription platform and then the New releases are in a Rent/Buy platform similar to amazon. Pricing for the Rent/ Buy is $4.99 in SD $5.99 HD. Why Digitally delivered rental is more expensive then a disc at a Kiosk is beyond me. And it requires silverlite to run so no love for Linux users here either.

scott2020

join:2008-07-20
MO

Re: Pricing

That makes no sense. There are already dozens of providers that let you rent something for 24 hours at a stupidly high price. Vudu, Roku, DirecTV, Cinemanow, etc. It doesn't seem smart.
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HarleyYac
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Re: Pricing

Thank you
elefante72

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Streaming is a big fail. Nothing here. Move on.

The subscription may be useful for those who use RedBox regularly.
Redbox is betting since these 4 days are "free" that people will get lazy and just hold the discs longer and use their credits, going into pay mode faster. It will take the actuaries 6 months to figure that out, before they jack up their prices.

Their content can not be as deep as Netflix, so this is a me too service with a minor hook (the redbox kiosk). Like I said earlier the content is getting more expensive not cheaper and the studios will sell their wares over and over again to the highest bidder.

This is some sort of hybrid Blockbuster (you know what happened there) and Netflix but boring, boring, boring.

I bought a movie stream from amazon once ($4.99) for Hardball. The problem was I couldn't finish the movie, and when I went back two days later the "window" had closed. F**k that.

In any case I "acquired" the move in another manner to watch the end AT MY OWN LEISURE for the low cost of : $x.

Bottom line, streaming sucks bigtime and the stupid content rules they have around them lead me to NEVER buy one. I simply look in Netflix or Amazon vast library to find something for free and move on.

Their loss, I would pay if the loosened up their belts, but until they do no revenue for them. This isn't water in the Sahara, it bits that cost nothing to stamp out and resell 100 times.

verizonlteda

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Re: Pricing

Huh ?