My family loves standing in front of the big red box at the grocery store and choosing a movie to take home for the night. I love the convenience they offer - not having to go in the store or wait in line for my rental or return. When I heard that Redbox was now available to stream right to my television, I was thrilled!
My happiness was short-lived. It was simple to set up my account, but I was never able to log on to my account using my laptop. When I'd try to log in, the site didn't recognize that I had created an account. I could log on and watch movies using my phone, but that also proved to be frustrating. I expected to be able to watch a plethora of free movies (since I would be paying a monthly fee for the service), but the availability of free movies was very limited. I do like that Redbox has seamlessly integrated their catalog of movies so that if you found a movie you wanted, you could easily see if it was available to stream instantly or reserve for pickup at the kiosk. I also like that the low $8 monthly fee also includes 4 rentals at the kiosk each month. If you used those rentals, you've already made good use of more than half of the fee you paid.
The bottom line is this - there are some definite kinks to work out with this new service. I hope they get the problems worked out quickly while they have a great reputation.
If you'd like an opportunity to try the service for yourself, head over to Redbox Instant by Verizon's beta page and sign up.
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