Upon signing up for the RedBox Instant Streaming campaign through BzzAgent, I immediately went to the redbox instant site and signed up with my special code.
The process to sign-up was very easy. Because I’ve used the kiosk before, some of my information was already readily available using my email. Because it was a trial, my cc# was taken, but not accessed, which I like.
Then, I was taken to the site.
The first thing I noticed was that there is a minimal number of movies available. Because I use Netflix also, this is a problem for me, but since it’s in Beta, we’re giving it some leeway.
We decided to watch a family movie. We chose Madeline, since it’s one of the few movies that’s available to watch that is NOT instantly watchable via Netflix.
When we attempted to play it, we got some error message that said something about a license. I checked in the help section, but there was nothing about that specific message. I went into my account section and updated my address information (since RedBoxInstant is not available out of the country, I thought maybe they had my info wrong)
For some reason, when I tried it again, Madeline started playing (yay!)
However, once we started watching it, it was frequently pausing (buffering?) and eventually paused and would not restart. We refreshed the page, but nothing…it was stuck.
At this point, my husband and child were pretty bored with waiting, and we ended up going to Netflix.
Later on, I tried to get back in, and every time I tried, it kicked me out of the site and back to the 'gatekeeper' (which is where you have to enter in your invite code) making it VERY difficult to watch a movie, since I couldn't get in. I had to re-enter my code several times... rather annoying, I might add.
The price is comparable to Netflix, which is a good thing, however, until they have more movies available, I’m not sure that I’ll be switching. Also, having kiosk credits is great, but since my Transmission died on New Years, I don’t think I’ll be walking to the nearest one (which is about a half-mile away)
All in all, I’m glad I tried, and eventually, I’m sure that I’ll use it again, but right now, I’m ok with where I’m at.
One great feature (which I don't use myself) is that there is an app for it too! So you can watch it on the go!
Interested in signing up and trying it out? Visit the RedBoxInstant site, and request a code! If you do, all I ask is that you come back here, and tell me what you think!
Disclosure: I am a BzzAgent. I received a free trial to RedBoxInstant (and 4 free kiosk rentals) for signing up for this campaign. I am in no way required to write a positive review, only an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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