Redbox planning an unlimited streaming video service for $3.95 per month?

Redbox planning an unlimited streaming video service for $3.95 per month?

Summary: Redbox has already wounded Blockbuster with its video kiosks, which rent DVDs for just $1 per night and are conveniently located in front of grocery stores, drug stores, and Walmarts. Now it could be taking on Netflix in the online movie-streaming business.

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Redbox has already wounded Blockbuster with its video kiosks, which rent DVDs for just $1 per night and are conveniently located in front of grocery stores, drug stores, and Walmarts. Now it could be taking on Netflix in the online movie-streaming business.

A recent survey Redbox has sent to its customers asks them how interested they would be in a $3.95 monthly package that would provide unlimited video streaming as well as four free DVD rentals. While a Redbox spokesperson was predictably noncommittal in its his response to PC Magazine ("It's not necessarily an indication of something that Redbox is interested in doing"), the company has presumably thought more than a little bit about such an offer.

Netflix currently offers unlimited streaming video on a number of different devices, ranging from PCs and Macs to video game consoles to the iPad, but you must already be a monthly subscriber to one of its unlimited DVD rental plans, which start at $8.95 per month. A Redbox streaming service could finally force Netflix to offer a dedicated video-streaming plan to customers for less, as many people (cough, cough) have long clamored for.

If Redbox were to transport its business model to the Internet, you could expect a smaller catalog of more popular titles, whereas Netflix would likely emphasize the size of its streaming catalog. Of course, each Blockbuster store has many more DVDs available to rent, and Redbox is still cleaning its clock. Whether Redbox can be as successful online is another story, but if it could put a little pricing pressure on Netflix, the competition would be welcome by consumers.

[Via High-Def Digest]

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  • thumbs up to redbox

    if only they allow the transfer between devices.
    Linux Geek
    • Yeah, they'll throw in $5 too

      Not as if they want to make money or anything. Might as well send you yhe blu-ray too, that would seem just as reasonable.
      johnmckay
  • RE: Redbox planning an unlimited streaming video service for $3.95 per month?

    I'm only interested if their streaming selection is
    better than the "Transmorphers" and other blockbuster
    knockoff movies that populate their kiosks.
    p0figster
  • RE: Redbox planning an unlimited streaming video service for $3.95 per month?

    LOVE my NetFlix but... cheaper is interesting ;)
    scott_welker@...
  • RE: Redbox planning an unlimited streaming video service for $3.95 per month?

    I want it and I want it "Now" Great plan, getter done.
    etarleton
  • RE: Redbox planning an unlimited streaming video service for $3.95 per month?

    Great idea, "Getter Done"
    etarleton
  • RE: Redbox planning an unlimited streaming video service for $3.95 per mont

    A little bird tells me that this will not include HD. If true, no
    sale.
    msuper69
  • RE: Redbox planning an unlimited streaming video service for $3.95 per month?

    Redbox?s success will depend on the variety of available
    titles and quality of the streamed video. Just
    inexpensive will be worthless if choice and quality are
    lacking. Challenging Netflix with its terrific website,
    substantial and growing catalog of stream-able titles,
    plus to-your-doorstep DVD and Blu-ray disks of every
    description will be enormously difficult for Redbox, but
    it?s probably their only path to long-term survival as
    internet downloads get faster and more and more content
    gets delivered in real time.
    markdengler
  • Unlimited streaming of limited titles

    I'm not particularly impressed with Netflix catalog of
    streamable titles. It seems like to me that the only movies
    I can stream are very old (and likely I've seen it) or really
    bad movies. I love Netflix for the main service, although it
    has some draw backs. I was waiting for "Where the Wild
    Things Are" and Netflix said that it was "very long wait" on
    the cue, so my wife walked to 7-11 and got it out of a
    Redbox.

    I still think streaming is over-hyped until the studios
    loosen up their death grip on new titles. So, I wouldn't
    start salivating over Redbox as a competitor just yet. It
    would be a fight to show crappy old movies, not the latest
    "Blockbusters."
    jgpeters
  • RE: Redbox planning an unlimited streaming video service for $3.95 per month?

    I want that. For 3.95 I would sign up. I stream stuff
    online from hulu and crackle, but would like to see a few
    more recent movies, and saving a trip to the box would be
    awesome ^_^.
    se_lain@...
  • RE: Redbox planning an unlimited streaming video service for $3.95 per month?

    I think it's the end of the dvd.
    jperez2334
  • RE: Redbox planning an unlimited streaming video service for $3.95 per month?

    Agreed with Netflix not having the more popular movies available for streaming. I would love to see the industry allow these companys to pay the same royalties they currently are for DVD rental and allow downstream for $1 a day so you dont have to drive out and pick it up. Now thats what i belive the people really want!!! Lets be honest anything over like 5-7 years old should be available for streaming period. Those titles should be on the monthly subscription...
    georgewever
  • $3.95!! Awesome!!

    I just got my first hit from Netflix for $17.98. This is the cost plus tax for unlimited streaming & 1 at a time DVD plan. They got me because I forgot about the increase taking effect for Sept. I down graded to $7.99 for just the streaming. I would leave netflix today for a better deal.. Make it happen!!!
    gogamer09