Talk about a surprise announcement, this one seems to have come out of left field. Xbox Live’s Major Nelson just posted this little gem on his official blog not too long ago. It’s a short blurb, so I’ll just repost it here to make things easier:
“Today we’re happy to reveal that Redbox Instant by Verizon will be coming to Xbox 360 in the very near future. If you are currently a Redbox Instant beta participant, you’ll receive an email with a unique code to access the app on Xbox 360 in the coming days. Interested newcomers to the Redbox Instant beta can request entry into the beta by visiting www.RedboxInstant.com.
Xbox 360 is the exclusive gaming and entertainment console launch partner for Redbox Instant by Verizon. A Redbox Instant by Verizon subscription package, priced at $8 per month for DVD or $9 per month for Blu-ray, combines four one-night credits for the latest movie releases at Redbox kiosks with access to a great catalogue of popular movies available for unlimited streaming. Through the app, Xbox 360 movie fans can also purchase and rent the newest digital releases without needing a subscription. Redbox Instant by Verizon combines disc + subscription, purchase and rental viewing choices into a compelling destination so movie fans can always find a movie to enjoy.
Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to launch.”
The “very near future” part is most intriguing, so hopefully they make good on that promise. I guess it’s a natural progression for Xbox Live, seeing as how FiOS customers can already get their content through their consoles. I would encourage anyone interested to visit the link and check out the beta. This news isn’t that old so there’s a good chance of getting accepted.
Is anyone already an active Redbox user? I’ll admit I use Netflix primarily for streaming (I don’t rent discs) but if Redbox offers a great selection, I’m not opposed to being swayed.