MY BzzAgent Review: Redbox Instant by Verizon
Disclosure: As a BzzAgent, I was given the opportunity to try this service for one month FREE. The details below are 100% my honest opinion.
Redbox Instant by Verizon is for movie streaming and renting or buying DVD/BluRay movies, like Netflix!
It has a lot of New Releases you can reserve at a RedBox kiosk for Pickup, Renting per night, or even Buying them if you would like. I tend to stream movies a lot since I work from home during the week. It's just more convenient for me. The variety of movies to stream on your PC, Xbox, Wii, etc, seem to be more older films, but the 4 free credits you get, a month, for Free New Releases make up for that.
If you're currently with Netflix, like myself, you know that getting tangible DVDs in the mail, requires an additional upgrade, so I think Redbox Instant by Verizon, has a leg up on Netflix as far as options for the price of $8.00 per month. I used my 4 Free Credits towards New Releases (1 Credit = 1 Free Night on a DVD or BluRay (you can set up your credits for BluRays in your 'My Account' section of the website)). One of the movies was TheCall with Halle Berry and it was a good movie. I was able to read other people's reviews on the film, on the Redbox Instant website before I reserved it with my credits. I also ended up writing my own review as well, which you can do also.
The only gripe I have about Redbox Instant, with regards to streaming movies, is the movie viewing window. It doesn't conform to the browser, when minimized down to a smaller size, like with Netflix. When I work from home, I like to work on one side of the screen and then have a movie going on the other. The viewing window is cut off if I try to narrow my browsing window. That's the only thing that bothers me about the movie streaming on my PC. I mean, not everyone stops everything to only watch a movie these days.
My free month of Redbox Instant by Verizon ends on January 3rd and I'm still thinking whether or not I want to keep it. I do like the 4 Free Credits I get per month for New Releases at their kiosk machines, but I probably wouldn't be using the streaming too much unless they change their viewing window setup on their site. I also can buy New Releases to stream from my PC or rent at their kiosk but I guess I'm thinking about the long-term value of the $8.00 per month. I'm still up in the air.
My Overall grade for Redbox Instant by Verizon is a 'B'. Netflix is still my first choice for streaming movies. However, I would recommend Redbox for renting New Releases from the kiosk machine with the 4 Free Night Credits a month on the membership, or without by purchasing them as rentals. I like getting my DVDs immediately instead of waiting for them to come in the mail and having to mail them back.