We gave up cable but are not without entertainment! We added Redbox Instant to the mix!

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As a member of the Verizon Moms Voices program, I was able to sit in on a webinar recently that detailed Redbox Instant by Verizon. Don’t let the name fool you though. You can use the app on any service provider (I have it on my Sprint phone as my Verizon phone through the program will be turned off soon). Let me tell you a bit about what I have been doing with this awesome app and service.

I downloaded the Redbox Instant app onto my phone first. I immediately noticed a ton of movies that are available for streaming. When we stopped our cable subscription, we knew that we had to still have access to movies and shows the kids would love. While we do use other streaming services, I find that Redbox Instant offers some different movies than those and I have been able to find several that interest me. I have bookmarked those for later, another feature that I really enjoy.

But, there is more! With the subscription service, that can be cancelled at any time, you also get movie credits that can be used at the kiosk. I have actually really enjoyed this feature, more than I thought I would! I have 4 credits (one credit is one night) a month to rent DVDs at a kiosk. I simply go on the app (or online) through my Redbox Instant account and reserve the movie. You can search by movie or location! When I pick them up at the kiosk, I use the same credit card that is registered to my account. I do have a temporary hold on my account (of $1.30) but it is reversed after a few days. As long as I return the movie on time (9pm the next night), I am not required to pay any more money for the rental. If I am late, the credits will be used first, if there are any, and then my credit card will be charged the amount of fees upon return.

These credits don’t carry over from month to month so you have to use them or lose them. But, we have had no problem finding movies that we want to watch that aren’t available for streaming yet. The kids are even getting in on some of the DVD rental fun! As I am typing this post, they are watching a movie that I picked up from the kiosk last night!

One more thing that you can do with your Redbox Instant account is that you can also rent movies right on your device. Many movies have that option plus several have the option for you to buy it right from your device! Prices vary depending on the film.

I was not given this subscription but I did want to test it out and I was able to for a month for free. You can too! Head over to the Redbox Instant site (or download the app on Play Store or iTunes) and click on the try for free banner. Have a Roku, Xbox, Smart TV, Windows Phone, Play Station, or Google TV? Kindle Fire maybe? They can all work. You can see the full list of supported devices and how to get the app HERE.

After a month, you will be charged depending on what plan you choose. For just streaming, you pay $6/month. For 4 DVD credits a month, you pay $8/month. Blu-ray is $9/month.

We have been so happy with the service that we will be continuing after the trial period. It sure beats paying for cable each month and we love being able to rent new DVD releases!

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Moms Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.


  1. says

    I cancelled the cable finally in October. We have been using the Netflix and Hulu for watching shows and movies. I have been eager to see an app for Redbox to appear on my SmartTv to download. :)

  2. says

    My husband and I signed up for Redbox Instant when it was first introduced and we have not disappointed. As a matter of fact we recently cancelled Netflix once Redbox Instant started getting a bigger selection.

  3. says

    We are seriously thinking about doing away with the cost of our satellite. My girls use Netflix a lot. Verizon Red Box sounds like another wonderful on demand choice. Thanks for the tip.

  4. says

    It i nice to find a good substitute for cable. Being able to pick and chooe what to watch rather than being stuck with what is being broadcasted is nice.

  5. Ashley M says

    We aslo gave up cable. It’s so just ridiculously expensive. We switched to Netflix but as Verizon Customers and Redbox users we really love the idea of Redbox Instant.

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