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Verizon Includes Free Month With Redbox Instant, Once You Have Beta Access

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If you downloaded the new Redbox Instant app for Android from Verizon, and also signed up to received a code (like “aurv3da4“) to test the beta service, you should go ahead and jump on it. With the beta code, Big Red is including a month of unlimited streaming service along with four DVD rentals. Just keep in mind that it asks for your credit card info and will cost you $8 per month after the trial is finished.

For those not familiar, Redbox Instant is similar in a lot of ways to Netflix in that you can subscribe for a monthly fee to stream content (movies) directly from an app on your phone. Where it differs is in the physical DVD realm. With Redbox, you can actually search for nearby Redbox outlets and cheaply rent movies that can be taken home for household enjoyment. Most (if not all) McDonald’s have Redbox kiosks outside.

Play Link [Sign-up for the beta]

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  • ha ha

    No redbox at any McDonald’s around here, so no. Everywhere else though.

  • monkey082506

    I have the beta and it is awful.

    1. Full screen on a 16:9 television is not 16:9, it has a border about 2″ all the way around.

    2. The damn play/pause bar doesn’t disappear while watching a movie.

    3. Every movie on the subscription page is on Netflix. If they want to prove something let me stream a movie that’s in the kiosk not make me watch a subscribed movie or rent a kiosk movie.

    I had high hopes for this and I am very unimpressed. Leave it to Big Red to somehow ruin a good thing.

    • Bunklung

      Quality is real bad on the PC (I have Fios). I have an unrooted Nexus 7 and the video doesn’t play, just sound. The screen flickers too.

      Selection is poor!

  • cobjones

    Can i add this to my Verizon bill? My company pays for it, so it would be nice

  • How do you like me now Reed Hastings? I used to love that Netflix service could be used on ton of different devices that I own. Then you had to get greedy and without grandfathering loyal customers slammed a huge rate hike at us and said too bad if you don’t like it…..’you’ll be back’. Well guess what Reed? I never came back and that RedBox kiosk is just a short drive anyway and I love my BluRay’s! I am glad to see RedBox streaming!

    BuuuBye Reed and your greed. It’s not missed here! Netflix who?!?

    I am out of contract on my Droid X and the next phone I buy won’t have that stupid F’n Blockbuster app on it either.

  • duoexo

    They better release a Ps3/Samsung smart tv app. Cus I am not hooking up my laptop to my tv. #firstworldproblems

  • joejoe5709

    Redbox Instant? Are new movies released online at the same time as the kiosks? Because that would be sooo worth it. Netflix tends to feature older movies and TV shows.

    Maybe it’s a local thing, but precisely zero of our local McD’s have RedBox’s. The usual dependable local locations are Wal Mart, Fred Meyer, and Walgreens. Granted there is almost invariably a McD’s nearby so it’s all the same. Haha. Spokane/CDA area.

  • James Hill

    In Phoenix, Redbox dispencers are located in front of Circle K stores for the mostpart.

  • TheDave1022

    So far not impressed with the selection or the stream quality. Very grainy video. No TV shows is a big issue. I’ll likely cancel after my free month and stick with netflix only.

  • Tim Buchanan

    It’s only a matter of time before Verizon “discovers” that Netflix requires use of the “secure element” and bans it from their devices.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Why use the so-called Redbox Instant when you have glorious Netflix, which is by far superior?

    • I have Netflix too but am interested in seeing what Redbox has to offer. Hell if it’s free for one month why not.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Yes, very true. But like someone just mentioned, the app doesn’t work on rooted devices and both my G-Nex and N7 are rooted, so probably not going to jump through the extra hoops to get RI installed. Not worth it, even if they are offering Verizon customers a free month.

        • Neither did Netflix when it came out 2 years ago. Matter of fact, it took months for them to let it be installed across all devices, and more for them to release one that no longer concerned itself with root. This is still very much a beta service, and one that I won’t write off until that period is over.

          • EvanTheGamer

            This is true, but Netflix has been in the Streaming game WAY longer than Redbox Instant, so why would I want to trust something that has only just begun? Even for a free month, still not worth the effort.

            And like someone else just said, the RI app has been getting some less than satisfactory reviews so I’m not going to waste my time on a so-called streaming service.

        • Just use OTA Rootkeeper from the Play store, it’s free, and lets you temporarily unroot with a click, use Redbox Instant, then re-root back whenever you want.

        • michael arazan

          I use Blockbuster mail because I get new releases the day they come out, instead of waiting 1-2-3 months to get them from NF, also Blockbuster mails games for as long as you want, which is nice.

    • nightscout13

      Maybe because Netflix doesn’t have any recent content for instant access?

      • EvanTheGamer

        Or maybe it’s because of all the HORRIBLE freakin’ reviews the app has been getting? 464 1-star reviews isn’t something to turn a blind eye to. That’s pretty bad. Even if the app is still in beta. When Netflix was first released to the Play Store, it wasn’t THAT horrible. So there ya go, that’s your answer. It’s just a bad app/streaming service.

        But hey, if you love streaming horribly bad quality videos, that’s all fine and dandy. Whatever floats your boat.

  • Wondering if you could use your DVD credits towards Blu-ray disc rentals. It would suck if you can’t cause I rather rent Blu-ray discs instead of DVDs for my HDTV.

    As posted by others here, it definitely would suck if I can’t use it on my Nexus device, which is a Verizon tagged phone, only thing is that it is rooted.

    • If it is like all the other codes, you should be able to. At my local RedBox, when you have a “free DVD code”, you can enter it for a Bluray rental and only pay $0.32, or something like that, instead of the full price of a Bluray. So I guess that is both a yes and a no.

    • Bunklung

      Blu-ray access=1 dollar more a month. However, you can’t pay the extra dollar during the beta/free month. If you do, then you pay the full 9 dollars.

  • Anyone have a code they want to share? The one in the article has maxed out 🙂

    • Hopeisfleeting

      The selection of movies to stream is real bad right now so you’re not missing out.

  • Does the app not work with rooted phones? Running AOKP Milestone 1 on my Galaxy SIII and it says “Please check whether protected device settings have changed”

  • Symbiotx

    According to the reviews, this is pretty terrible. Bad quality, having to pay to rent good movies (beyond the $8 subscription), not usable on rooted phones (works with OTA Rootkeeper).

    This had potential, but looks like a failure so far.

    • I was able to use the 4 included movies to rent 4 new releases, no issues at all.

      • Symbiotx

        Well that’s good. If you don’t mind me asking… what device are you using, how was the quality, and what were the movies?

    • Doesn’t work on my rooted Note II… 🙁 rooted with Exynos Abuse

      • Dave

        How’s that working? I really haven’t found the need to root yet with all the options and customizations.

        • Tim242

          I am using Jelly Beans 6. It is a touchwiz based ROM, with AOSP theming and extras. No ongoing wifi notification; and you choose your toggles. You get all apps in multi-window, and you have many more options. Plus, you still get S Note and other Samsung goodies. It truly is the best of both worlds.

          • Dave

            Awesome. That’s good to know. Those are some simple nice additions. I was pretty hesitant to root thinking I’d mess up the TW or S pen system. I ran liquid ICS on my old DX and ended up wasting lots of time managing the ROM. I work 48 hours a week, have 4 kids, and don’t exactly have time to dink around that much anymore. I’ll keep that in mind when I decide to root. A beautiful screen, 6+ hour screen time, and excellent radio/hardware will suffice for the time being. Thanks a ton.

          • Tim242

            If you don’t want to spend time managing a ROM, Jelly Beans is def the best option. There are no issues, due to it being stock TW based. I was mostly content with it as it was. However, I prefer AOSP theming. Rooting/unlocking is a simple one-click now.

          • Dave

            Right, I just don’t get all the gripes about TW. I’ve run stock ROMs (with apps to compensate for the UI’s abilities) and don’t really see the problem with a UI (as long as it’s not Sense). With modern lightning quick SoC and tons of RAM and internal storage , UIs and even bloat ware don’t hold a system down like the used to.

          • Tim242

            I agree. I actually really like the new TW. It brings a ton of features, and runs really well. I just like to have a stock look to it. I like having a solid black status bar, blue clock and battery. Jelly Beans ROM takes the best of AOSP, custom ROM additions, and TW to make a perfect experience. You are right about Sense, it is horrid. Before settling on the Note, I tried the DNA. I loved the feel, but I couldn’t handle Sense. It looked like Gingerbread hell! Samsung is doing all the right things with TW.

          • Guest

            Yeah exactly, I don’t have time messing with ROMs either and they provide stability, but at the same time much less stability. There’s nothing worse than waking up on an important day and my radios aren’t working. Or my phone won’t fricking boot. I hated it all and so much time was wasted… this was on my GNex. RIght now I see no point of flashing any ROMs, but I do plan to when Android 5.0 comes out and a stock 5.0 ROM will be available… but I will probably have a new phone by then. Have two upgrades available in September, very interested in what phones will be out in Q3 and Q4! 🙂

          • Yeah exactly, I don’t have time messing with ROMs either and they provide stability, but at the same time much less stability. There’s nothing worse than waking up on an important day and my radios aren’t working. Or my phone won’t fricking boot. I hated it all and so much time was wasted… this was on my GNex. RIght now I see no point of flashing any ROMs, but I do plan to when Android 5.0 comes out and a stock 5.0 ROM will be available… but I will probably have a new phone by then. Have two upgrades available in September, very interested in what phones will be out in Q3 and Q4! 🙂 @tim242:disqus

          • AranelAlasse

            Thanks for the tip about Jelly Beans 6. I just bought a Note 2 last week, and am itching to root it and may also consider using that ROM.

  • stupidllama

    so is redbox a verizon service?

    • stupidllama

      nevermind, google is my friend. its a corporate hookup. am i the only one that finds it ironic that Verizon would offer any service as unlimited when there main service for distribution of said service is not.

      • Well, the more you stream, the more data you will need. I think there just isn’t a good model for them to limit your streaming, because then it will be even more apparent that this service is crap.

  • storm34x

    I signed up for the Beta on day 1 and I still havent recieved an invite code

  • Too bad it doesn’t work on half of the Google TV devices and the Galaxy Nexus.

    It’s a great service, though. Pretty much the same instant selection of Netflix, with the added benefit of 4 discs per month for the same price.

  • Thomas

    Still waiting on my code !!!

  • Futbolrunner

    Hmm.. I haven’t seen a Mc’Ds with a Redbox in the DC area.
    Munchies and movie rental booth all in one spot..noice!

    • I’ve never seen one either. Just gas stations.

    • Gaurav K

      I seen them in most Giant grocery stores, Walmarts, and 7-eleven.

    • sc4fpse

      Yeah, mid-Michigan here. In all my travels throughout the state I have never seen a McDonald’s with a redbox. I’ve seen a few at Kroger stores (grocery stores) and one or two at random 7-elevens, but that’s it.

  • UncleFan

    Whatever happened to the VOD part of the service? Did that get scrapped?

  • Can you stream movies at home on dvd/bluray player?

    • That’s what I asked. The answer is of course, “no!”

      • At least, unless you have miracast or what not from your celly.

        • teejaycard

          Did you check it with rooted devices yet? Not sure if something needs to be clicked or what but my Gnexus goes down swinging.

          • They’re not supporting a lot of devices, including a decent amount of Google TV devices, an obvious first choice for getting it into homes.

          • teejaycard

            haha obviously.

      • The response should have probably been “Not yet.” I can’t imagine it won’t take long for an app to show up on bluray players and game consoles.