Redbox to Add Unlimited $8-a-Month Streaming in Battle with Netflix

It looks like Redbox, the operator of those ubiquitous DVD kiosks, is taking on Netflix with its own streaming-video service.
Later this month, Redbox will offer unlimited streaming-videos for $8 a month, or $9 a month if you want Blu-ray discs, according to the Associated Press.
The service includes movies from Warner Bros. and pay TV channel Epix. It also covers four nights of physical DVD rentals.
A similar combo plan by Netflix at $10-a-month was shelved a year ago. The cheapest plan from Netflix that combines DVDs-by-mail and streaming is currently $16 a month.
The new service, dubbed Redbox Instant by Verizon, is “targeted squarely at movie lovers,” said Shawn Strickland, the chief executive of the joint venture between Redbox parent Coinstar Inc., which is based in Bellevue, Wash., and Verizon Communications, the AP said.
The service will not include TV shows when it debuts on an invitation-only basis before the end of the year.

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