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Redbox Set To Compete With Netflix On Video Streaming 119

First time accepted submitter roc97007 writes "Looks like Netflix may be getting some much needed competition in the video streaming market. From the article: 'Later this month, Redbox will offer an unlimited streaming-video plan that includes movies from Warner Bros. and pay TV channel Epix, along with four nights of physical DVD rentals, for $8 a month, or $9 a month if customers want Blu-ray discs. The offering is a direct attack on Netflix Inc. and is priced even lower than the $10-a-month DVD and streaming plan that Netflix abandoned a year ago. The lowest price plan from Netflix that combines DVDs-by-mail and streaming is now $16 a month.'"
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Redbox Set To Compete With Netflix On Video Streaming

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  • by mcl630 ( 1839996 ) on Wednesday December 12, 2012 @08:15PM (#42267331)

    Netflix streaming: 60,000 titles (movies and tv shows); lots of Blu-ray players, TVs, and all the major game consoles have Netflix apps
    Redbox streaming: 5500 titles (movies only); a few Blu-ray players and TVs will have support, no game consoles for the time being

    Redbox DVD/Blu-ray: 4 nights per month
    Netflix DVD/Blu-ray: Unlimited

    I'm sure Redbox's library and device support will expand over time, but they have a long way to go to be a real competitor to Netflix. They don't help themselves by excluding TV shows and starting out being invitation only.

  • Re:Agreed. (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 13, 2012 @12:42AM (#42269359)

    Have you tried to use this feature? Only a very tiny fraction of Amazon's videos are eligible for free streaming under the Amazon Prime plan. Most of them make you pay extra, the same price as everyone else. Only very old stuff is maybe free.

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