Shoring up their existing ecoATM business, Outerwall announced that they have acquired much of online electronics recycler Gazelle for $18 million in cash. Gazelle operates an online site where consumers can buy and sell pre-owned electronics including smartphones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops. The Gazelle online presence will join Outerwall’s existing ecoATM business which puts self-serve kiosks out in retail locations where consumers can trade in their used electronic devices for cash. The items collected at those kiosks are sold to third parties by Outerwall. Read more
On October 7, we will be losing a video streaming service due to fierce competition. Redbox Instant, a joint venture between Redbox and Verizon, will shutdown after launching less than two years ago. The service struggled to gain subscribers when a credit card fraud issue arose. It also did not help that the content found on Redbox Instant was laughable compared to what Netflix and Amazon offer. The kiosks that helped Redbox gain popularity, though, will be sticking around. It is just this joint venture that is being closed.
Here is the notice left on Redbox Instant’s site:
Thank you for being a part of Redbox Instant by Verizon. Please be aware that the service will be shut down on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
Information on applicable refunds will be emailed to current customers and posted here on October 10.
In the meantime, you may continue to stream movies and use your Redbox kiosk credits until Tuesday, October 7 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank you for the opportunity to entertain you.
The Redbox Instant by Verizon Team
Source: Redbox Instant by Verizon
Redbox, in partnership with Verizon, has been gearing up its Instant service and finally launched today in the US. For $8 per month, customers can get unlimited movie streaming and four one-night DVD rentals every month. Redbox and Verizon announced a joint venture to launch Instant back in February of 2012. Users will be able to stream content via iOS, Android, Xbox 360, Samsung connected TVs or Blu-ray players, and Mac or PC. Redbox Instant does have some catching up to do in terms of streaming titles. Major competitor Netflix currently has around 14,000 streamable titles available in the US while Redbox Instant only has around 4,600 titles. However, Instant’s four one-night DVD rentals included in the $8 monthly subscription, may be enough to attract people.
Source: Redbox Instant by Verizon
The Redbox/Verizon streaming partnership is one step closer to Netflix competition. Redbox Instant is now available for download from the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, the app won’t do much on its own as it is in private beta. Fortunately, invite requests are being accepted! It will cost $8 a month for unlimited streaming plus 4 physical DVDs from the kioks. Just make sure you guys steer clear of this 7-11 when you’re out hunting for a Redbox for your DVD. No sign of the $6 unlimited streaming plan we heard about last month but we may eventually see them go to tiered pricing as Netflix has. The service will offer a free one-month trial to new subscribers when the beta is over.
Keep in mind, despite the name Verizon, you don’t have to be a Verizon Wireless subscriber to participate. You do, however, have to be running an unrooted phone. Or try this workaround anytime you feel like watching a movie on your rooted device: With SuperSU, by developer Chainfire, as your superuser app, you can deselect “Enable Superuser” in the settings.
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Not too long ago Verizon and Redbox announced a partnership to create a video streaming service to give some competition to Netflix. Details have been somewhat scarce as it’s currently being tested in a private beta. However, in what is probably an oversight by Verizon and Redbox, a help section is publicly available on the web with some pretty big details. Read more
Rumors of a joint venture between Verizon and Redbox can finally be laid to rest as the pair have announced today a streaming media and Blu-ray/DVD rental service. The newly partnered dynamic duo will be looking to take the fight to current streaming and DVD mailing leader Netflix.
The service is expected to be available on all major platforms from smart TV’s and game consoles through to handheld mobile devices. It isn’t clear at this time if the service will only be available to Verizon customers. There’s no word on price or a solid release date confirmed as of yet but keep tuned to Talk Android as dig a little deeper to keep you informed.
Netflix once again has decided to change the game just when we were all beginning to fall in love with the service again, accepting the previous change. A few months back, if you’ll recall, Netflix separated their online streaming service from their streaming and 1 DVD out at a time deal. Now, the company must be doing so well, assuming customers will not leave them, and have changed the plan once again. Below is the email correspondence I received earlier today. Read more
Redbox recently released a new Android app that will allow users to browse movie titles, find nearby Redbox locations using your handset’s GPS, and even reserve movies for pickup straight from the app.
The app is quite robust. When browsing a movie, one can read a short plot summary, running time, rating, and the app indicates whether the movie is available on Blu-Ray or not.
Redbox for Android will surely save time for avid movie geeks, since you can now reserve movies straight from your Android device.
You can grab Redbox for Android in the TalkAndroid ApptlyAndroid database for free.
Let us know in the comments how you are liking the Redbox app for Android so far!