Good news for those that are Redbox Instant beta testers and have an Xbox 360. The video game console will soon offer an app that allows you to stream the service to your big screen.
According to reports, the service, at least so far, is underwhelming. In fact, I have a beta invite, although I haven’t used the service, but I’m hearing that content is very sparse. However, keep in mind that it’s relatively new, and the company, partnered with Verizon in a joint venture, is working feverishly to sign on new content partners. And given that Netflix has paved much of that path, it shouldn’t be too long until we see more and better titles appearing. But until that time, and once the service it out of beta, you’ll be able to cruise to a local kiosk and physically acquire up to 4 DVDs a month all for one low price of $8 (add a $1 for Blu-ray). Netflix offers a DVD to doorstep offering, but that comes by way of mail, doesn’t offer instantaneous gratification, and costs more.
And for those of you with a Nintendo or Playstation, sorry, but you’re gonna have to wait it out. According to Microsoft’s Major Nelson, Xbox is the exclusive launch partner. And since Sony has struggled to bring really any content providers to their console, I wouldn’t be surprised if it never appeared there, at least on the PS3. Though they do offer Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Crackle – do you really need anything else?
Unfortunately, Major Nelson hasn’t said when the Redbox Instant Streaming app will launch for the Xbox 360, but you can probably expect it in the next 30 days. If you want your own Redbox Instant account, head to their site and sign up for a beta invite. I signed up well over a month ago and still haven’t seen my invite, but perhaps my account has been red flagged.