Beginning on October 7th, Redbox will shut down their “Instant” video streaming service through Verizon. What started back in 2012 as a Netflix alternative never really took off or was able to make a dent in the market so handedly held by other streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. It seems Redbox will be contacting current subscribers to offer them refunds beginning on the 10th of October.
As of right now, Redbox users can breathe easy because it doesn’t appear that anything else will be changing at the moment. (Read: you’ll still be able to get cheap DVD, Blu-Ray, and video game rentals at the red kiosks almost everywhere you go). One can only speculate that content selection is a big reason they’re shutting down their instant streaming service.
Did you subscribe to Redbox Instant? If so, did you enjoy the service? Are you sad to see it go? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!