As it moves in to its public beta testing phase, the Redbox Instant by Verizon online entertainment joint venture formed between US telco Verizon and retail solutions specialist Coinbox has made a Redbox Instant by Verizon app available on Google Play.
The free app enables users to enjoy unlimited streaming movies; Instantly watch movies on phone and tablet; reserve movies at the box; bookmark favourite titles; buy and rent movies, even without a subscription and browse through thousands of popular movies.
Redbox Instant is described as “convenient, easy and affordable” with potential users advised that not only are DVD credits included when subscribing, the first month is totally free, the Free Trial offering a month of unlimited streaming movies, plus four DVD credits to be used at the Redbox kiosk.
In addition, people who have registered to receive further details of the service have been sent an e-mail December 19 advising them to: “Be on the lookout for exciting news, updates and your special invitation in the weeks ahead!”
Initial response to the app was not particularly favourable, achieving an early rating of 1.3 out of 5 from User Reviews, with comments centring on the fact that the service wouldn’t work on ‘rooted’ Android devices. “Until you allow rooted phones/tablets, you will never receive my $8 a month for this service,” said one reviewer.