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Xbox Live already has numerous apps that allow you to access on-demand and streaming movies and television programming. Soon, it will have one more -- Verizon's new Redbox Instant service.Currently, Redbox Instant is in a public beta, which you can access on the official site. According to Microsoft spokesman Major Nelson, if you sign up for the service, you'll receive an email giving you a code that lets you access the Xbox Live app in the "coming days."Redbox Instant is clearly patterned after Netflix Instant, allowing you access to a catalog of on-demand streaming movies and access to the popular Redbox disc rental kiosks. For either $8 a month (DVD plan) or $9 a month (Blu-ray plan), you'll get unlimited access to the service's streaming movies and four one-night rentals of new release DVDS or Blu-rays at any Redbox machine.As of this writing, there is no confirmed date for when the final version of the service and the Xbox Live app will go live.Source: Major Nelson
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Cool. I wonder what movies Redbox instant would provide. If they are newer movies, then count me in!
I don't even pay for netflix because they don't carry enough of a selection. Redbox has even less. Total waste of money. And again microsoft "improving" Live service by allowing access to another service you have to pay for separately. What a joke.
The service is alright, but I will cancel my subscription at the end of this month due to the fact of limited selection w/ ok titles. I mean, the only thing that's somewhat decent is the 4 movie credits you get a month.
Any news on the games you can rent from redbox?
Redbox? On Xbox Live? I'm not too sure about this one. There is already decent apps as is and Redbox certainly has not been the best of the bunch when it comes to rentals and stuff like that, in my opinion. But heck, if it does well on Live, then I guess it works out.
Competition breeds innovation.
As we move towards a better age of digital media, I'm still curious to see if Microsoft becomes one of the first companies to offer expiring licences on game rentals.... We all had to pick up a copy of "Dawn Guard" for 99 cents when we saw it at RedBox. Or maybe we actually got it from GameFly or GameMine, but in all the time people were buying their full copies. I never once heard of a single person who didn't flip over 40+ hours of DLC for 99 cents.... A 48 rental on the other hand. Would require that you be able to unlock and keep all your GamerScore and that the price be reasonably profitable to developers.... I'd hate to see a lot of good genre's suffer from gameplay length and unfair rental costs which I guess after a week for $7 BlockBuster has kind of already cornered.... Truth be told though, a 48-72 hour digital game rental ranging from $15-$5 depending on the developers feelings on completion time and multi-player staying power. Could drum up a huge business for titles that would otherwise be overlooked, because our budgets were being spent on titles we were sure would be worth the $60 we were paying for them. With all the Editor and User reviews available, I still like to critique a game myself before I decide to purchase a copy. Unless it's a long standing franchise that I've come to trust over the course of MANY faithful titles in the series. Regardless, I'd love to see Microsoft step up as the first company to offer digital game rentals on select titles with the Developers-Publishers approval.... ^_^
To that end, digital watermarking could become a huge part of the way we make the transition from optic to digital media....