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Redbox Instant Announced for Xbox 360

In the ever-growing market of streaming movies and TV shows where Netflix is king, Redbox announced that they are also going into that format.

Today, Major Nelson of Microsoft, revealed that the Xbox 360 will be getting a new application for Redbox’s streaming service, that is in beta right now, called Redbox Instant.

According to Nelson, the gaming machine is getting the app in the “very near future.” Redbox Instant, much like Netflix, is a subscription-based service, where customers pay a monthly fee in order to stream content onto their devices. And as of now, this application for the Xbox 360 looks to be an exclusive for the video-game system. If you’re interested in trying the application when it is released, you need to have an invite to their beta, and of course, an Xbox-Lve subscription

Besides just streaming movies onto your Xbox 360 — much like the Redbox mobile app — the subscription will probably let you pay in advance to rent movies at one of the thousands of Redbox vending machines, from the confines of your living room.

According to Redbox’s website, if customers subscribe to Redbox Instant, the company will give them four tokens every month, that lets customers rent a film for free at their vending machines.

The service is new, but some people that have used the beta of red box instant have been unimpressed. Apparently there were quite a few glitches and the selection of movies are underwhelming. So don’t expect catching the newest film that’s available on Redbox’s vending machines, available for streaming. Of course that’s not Redbox’s fault, that’s more of Hollywood refusing to adapt to the online medium.

However, if you have a Netflix account and you are thinking about switching over to see if you like Redbox, I would recommend waiting. As of now, this service is hardly a replacement for Netflix.

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