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Xbox 360 to Get Verizon/Redbox Streaming Exclusive
Microsoft Writes Another Big Check
by Karl Bode 06:13PM Wednesday Feb 06 2013
Microsoft has struck a deal with Verizon and RedBox to ensure that the Xbox 360 will be the exclusive streaming game console for the companies' upcoming streaming video service launch -- at least for a short while. According to a blog post by Microsoft's "Major Nelson", the creatively-named "Redbox Instant by Verizon" will launch as an Xbox 360 exclusive sometime in the "very near future."

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Like most arrangements of this on this front (read: Netflix), this appears to be a temporary exclusive window.

A company tweet written by what appears to be a fourteen year old iPhone user with an inhalant addiction exclaims the company is "pumped" about the deal, but that they "want 2 be on all other devices u use to stream" very soon.

The service, which should launch in a month or two, offers $6 for unlimited access to the Verizon Redbox streaming catalog, which is expected to be considerably less substantial than the current Netflix catalog. Users can also opt for an $8 plan that provides unlimited streaming access and four vouchers for physical DVD kiosk rentals each month. It remains unclear if this will be a real threat to Netflix, or another discombobulated "me too" mess.

For a couple of companies that want to immediately soak up new potential Netflix subscribers, limiting consumer hardware streaming options to one game console doesn't seem like a very intelligent decision. Microsoft's check to the new streaming upstart must be big enough (and the exclusive window small enough) that Verizon and RedBox executives figured it was worth it.

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Kamus

join:2011-01-27
El Paso, TX

Stupid...

Verizon/Redbox is doing it wrong. they want their service available on as many devices as possible. This goes against the whole business model.

Let's see... a Household has an xbox and a ps3, he wants to use the service he already pays for on both his devices. Netflix offers that ability, but Redbox doesn't. i wonder who he'll pick...
BlueC

join:2009-11-26
Minneapolis, MN
kudos:1

Re: Stupid...

Especially when you factor in how much content Netflix has these days. Any new service will need some time to build up a selection.

For a $2/mo difference, it'd be really hard to justify Redbox over Netflix.

Redbox will be Hulu Jr.

Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:42

Re: Stupid...

Yeah to succeed I'd have to think Verizon would have to be relentless in the pursuit of new content and features, but operating a traditional TV operation in FiOS TV, they won't be.

So yeah, a glorified ad for cable TV like Hulu is, essentially.
funny0

join:2010-12-22
said by Kamus:

Verizon/Redbox is doing it wrong. they want their service available on as many devices as possible. This goes against the whole business model.

Let's see... a Household has an xbox and a ps3, he wants to use the service he already pays for on both his devices. Netflix offers that ability, but Redbox doesn't. i wonder who he'll pick...

and retards by consoles no offesne why the frack buy one when i can do way more with a pc and even upgrade the graphics card(s)

i can even put linux on it.....
haha
Chuck_IV

join:2003-11-18
Connecticut
They are taking the Amazon route but are smart in getting paid to do so. Create a streaming service that people may want, but then drag your feet immensely at getting an app available on the various devices so people can get access to that service.

Difference here is Redbox is getting a large chunk of $$$ to hold back. If they are smart, the day that exclusivity ends, they will will have apps ready for just about every streamer under the sun, unlike Amazon, who STILL continues to drag their feet with regard to app availability on various devices.

Lloyde

@bellsouth.net

Tired

I'm tired of Microsoft and their exclusive deals.
me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO

Re: Tired

They have to get a monopoly some how, this is all they can really do since the pc market has osx(as well as apple tablets/smartphones) and linux(yes I'm counting android) growing.
corinthos

join:2007-10-09

1 recommendation

Same. I don't give two craps about these non gaming apps either. I'd much rather have that free 1 vs 100 game they cancelled back than some stupid apps to watch videos.

whiteshp

join:2002-03-05
Xenia, OH
Exclusive deals are the way of the future sad but true. Business see monopolies as goldmines where they can force rather than serve the consumer.

At least we have Netflix and their SMART idea to get content from the BBC protects them some from US content providers who thought if they pulled their content Netflix would die. They thought they had the only content to be shown in the US. Now if US providers withhold content they risk Netflix buying more BBC content rather than just starving to death and US content providers lose that revenue.

If only Netflix could/would release a Linux app. I would be forever happy. Forever=2 hours I think....
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A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the corporations discover that money can elect representatives to vote themselves a monopoly, buy media to blame 'The Godless' and forced price inflation on the public.
mgamer20o0

join:2003-12-01
Norwalk, CA

Re: Tired

there tons of good content world wide they should be trying to get as much of it as possible.

Maxo
Your tax dollars at work.
Premium,VIP
join:2002-11-04
Tallahassee, FL
said by whiteshp:

If only Netflix could/would release a Linux app. I would be forever happy. Forever=2 hours I think....

You can try »www.iheartubuntu.com/2012/11/ppa···app.html

chip89
Premium
join:2012-07-05
Independence, OH
I'm to tired of Microsoft and their exclusive deals.

stet
Volitar Prime

join:2002-03-08
Utica, MI

Limited

It will only be 720p with probably 2.0 sound.
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Nezmo
The name's Bond. James Bond.
Premium,MVM
join:2004-11-10
Coppell, TX
kudos:1

Dead

before it starts.

davegtestr

join:2001-11-07
Bothell, WA

1 edit

Re: Dead

Agree. Dead on arrival. It must be a very temporary deal for Microsoft/Verizon. I'm surprised Redbox agreed to this. Note: I am a former Coinstar/Redbox contractor. There's Netflix streaming over many devices. VuDu has 720p/1080p streaming on many brands of Blu-Rays and TV's. Directv and DISH have 1080p streaming and whole home DVR's (traditional sub's). Plus Comcast and Direc have more VOD by far. Hopefully Verizon/Redbox gets a bunch of free Microsoft Xbox advertising tie-ins.
JBT

join:2002-12-06
Tucson, AZ
Reviews:
·Comcast

Well this sucks

I was in the beta. It was nice to run down to have streaming on my computer and the ability to run down to the Redbox if I wanted to watch something newer. Unfortunately I have a PS3 and that's it. Not having this on the PS3 is going to lead me to cancel as I already have Netflix. Also I have Amazon Prime which is also available on the PS3...

WhyBother

@qwest.net

Re: Well this sucks

I was in the Beta for about 3 min, just long enough to check out the content or Lack there Of, and never botherd going back. Not even worth it for free. Between Netflix Stream & DVD, Amazon Prime, Amazon VOD, iTunes VOD and with some OTA HTPC'd DVR content that I can stream to two Xbox360's and a Roku Box (Plex) I have no need of another service that offers less than Hulu.

Eddy120876

join:2009-02-16
Bronx, NY

the problem with the xbox is

you have to pay on top of your subscription fee for Red box to Ms so you can get xbox live. so theres no saving theres .
funny0

join:2010-12-22

SONY

rumor has it ps4 will get netflix
OH NO redmond your doomed now

Anony

@oar.net

Missing the obvious

Am I the only one that read unlimited streaming and (4) DVD's per month for $8.... this blows Netflix out of the water. Last I checked, Netflix is $16 per month if you want streaming AND DVD's. Granted, Netflix has a bigger steaming library but I'm sure Redbox will invest most of their MS cash infusion to build their library. I for one, like the average household with children, am too busy to watch more than 2-4 movies per month anyway so saving $8 per month compared to Netflix offsets the cost of Hulu to suppliment Netflix's unlimited DVD's and outdated streaming library.
JBT

join:2002-12-06
Tucson, AZ

Received a notification this morning

I received a notification this morning this was live. But I don't have an XBOX 360 to use sooo... oh well I guess.