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RedBox Instant on Premiere?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by aaronwt, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

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    THIS WEB SITE IS NOT RUN BY TIVO AND NOBODY FROM TIVO OFFICIALLY WATCHES THIS SITE.

    You need to contact them DIRECTLY to tell them you want this.
     
  2. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I just canceled my RedBox Instant service. Maybe I will try it again once it's available on more devices and they get the kinks worked out in billing.
     
  3. rdodolak

    rdodolak New Member

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  4. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy Member

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    I just did the same; canceled my Redbox Instant service after using a one month trial beta code. To me, it wasn't really worth it and I just assume rent DVDs at the actual kiosks for $1.28/night.

    I think the two pitfalls this new Redbox Instant service suffers from is streaming content and streaming devices. As of now, I think they really only support iPads, iPhones, and Android smartphones. No Android tablet support, No Smart TVs and no media streamers either (Roku, Netgear, WDTV, etc.). I'd like to be able to watch the streaming content on a larger screen if possible and right now that isn't possible.

    The actual streaming content is nothing great either. Its more or less older stuff and no TV shows or series. Nothing to write home about.

    Toward the end of my trial, I did get an e-mail informing me that they just got support for the Xbox360 and gave me a special code to use it with, but I don't have one. So until they come out with some more devices for streaming, I'm not seeing this as a "Netflix killer" like they try to claim.

    I also realize this service just started & as with ANY new service in this area, there will be some growing pains. Hopefully over time it will improve and get better. The Amazon Prime service sort of started out the same way, but they have gradually grown and become a better service over time. Let's hope Verizon & Redbox can accomplish the same thing.
     
  5. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    Well I may as well add my 2 cents. To start I will also be canceling before/at the end of the free month.

    I have no issues watching the service on my TV as I have a HTPC connected to it. But I have not been able to watch any movie without extend periods of buffering or having it flat out not work. I have a 6Mbs DSL service and generally do not have issues with Hulu SD content but have had issues with Vudu HD content at times (vudu would slip back to lower HD and on rare occasions even SD). But Redbox streaming doesn't seem to know how to deal with it.

    I also have issues with what is available, bottom line it was hard for me to find stuff may have spent as much time looking as I did watching. I like the idea of including some solid media in the price but it will need to improve before I am willing to pay for it.
     
  6. RickL66

    RickL66 New Member

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    I tried Redbox Instant out for a couple of weeks and cancelled it. I was getting it on my Samsung SmartTV - so I could watch it on TV, not a little device like iPad, iPhone, etc. Anyway, it seems that most of the newer or popular movies cost something to watch. I have to pay $8 a month, and pay somewhere between $2.99 to $6.99 to stream HD movies. I could only find a few (maybe 10- or so) never-heard-of movies that I could stream at no charge, except for the $8 monthly fee. Not worth it.
     
  7. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    If you're going to pay per movie to stream I recommend VUDU. Their HDX video quality is fantastic and rentals only cost $5.99 or less.
     
  8. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    Redbox shows their service as having 3 parts:
    1. DVD/blu-ray rentals - called at kiosk
    2. The monthly subscription service
    3. and digital rentals or purchases
    You can search through all their movies at once or the movies in one of the above 3 categories independently. The subscription category has a few 1000 movies in it. The problem is sifting through their lists is time consuming and if you do a title search it will show you movies from all 3 categories. They need some much better ways to filter and search for movies.

    The whole thing is a different site than their original rental site and clearly shows it is in Beta and it really is.
     
  9. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    Oh if anyone cares you have to install MS Silverlight to be able to view anything on a computer.
     
  10. HockeyFan

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    Seems like Netflix and amazon prime are
    the Value leaders.
    Was hoping redbox would be a good value.

    If rental price gets high enough, it makes
    sense to just purchase the bluray.
     
  11. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I did that today. There was a movie I wanted to rent which would have cost $5.99. I looked on Amazon and the BD was only $9.50 so I just bought it instead. If I watch it at least twice then it will have paid for itself.
     
  12. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    I was going to try the service but it was not over secured connection and they wanted my credit card. I decided to pass for now.
     
  13. buscuitboy

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    For the little time I had this Redbox service, I actually used a prepaid American Express. This way, no worries about potential fraud as it only has value on it based on what I add. Also, if I didn't like the service (which I didn't), I didn't have to really worry about cancelling it before the 30 days were up as there was nothing on there so the charge wouldn't have gone through anyway.
     
  14. stinastina

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    I am hoping it comes to tivo, too. I am doing the trial as well but won't keep it unless I can watch it on a big screen.
     
  15. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member

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    Tell me about it. I once had The Sum of all Fears out for 18 moths. :eek:
     
  16. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    That sounds like me with Netflix back in 2003 to 2005. The last few years that I watched DVDs. I had a bunch of titles that I had out for over a year before I returned them. Now when I rent a disc, if I have not watched it in a few days, I send it back no matter what. That way I have a steady stream of rentals coming, If I ant to watch them I do, if not they get returned.
     
  17. innocentfreak

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    I always had a personal rule with Netflix when I had one DVD at a time. It has to be returned the next day watched or not.
     
  18. lujan

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    :up:
     
  19. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

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    Wow, I don't think I was ever THAT bad.. but I think I did have a few for a few weeks, or maybe months.. though I'd still go through SOME DVDs..

    Currently I'm not on netflix at all, though I do have Amazon prime and am barely playing with it -- I'd probably use it more if it were available on Tivo.. but I have played with it on iphone/ipad and will likely use PS3 at some point.. probably watch Under the Dome that way even though I'll Tivo it too to keep it... though I'll Netflix for Arrested Development some eon.
     

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