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Redbox Instant to launch in beta before Christmas

The partners behind soon-to-launch US online video service ‘Redbox Instant by Verizon’ have released further details on the service, including confirming that it will be here before the end of the year and will cost US$ 8 per month.

DVD rental firm Redbox and communications provider Verizon have also announced agreements with a variety of distributors, Hollywood studios and device manufacturers.

These include premium network EPIX, which will make films from the latter’s studio partners (Viacom’s Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, and MGM) available 90 days after they premiere in the traditional premium window.

Deals have also been struck with Hollywood studios including Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Relativity and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to make new releases available in electronic sell-through (EST) and video-on-demand (VOD) formats and allow Redbox Instant by Verizon to support and provide multi-screen access to movies.

Avail TVN, a US-based provider of digital media services, will deliver additional subscription and transactional studio content. Redbox Instant by Verizon also previously announced a content licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

For US$ 8 per month, users get unlimited streaming of thousands of popular movies, including titles from premium network EPIX, with four one-night credits per month for the latest movie releases on DVD at Redbox kiosks. For US$ 1 more, or US$ 9 per month, customers can opt to redeem their four credits for rentals on Blu-ray Disc at the kiosk.

At launch, the service will be available on PCs and Macs via the web browser, as well as through a range of connected devices, including iOS, Android, Samsung Blu-ray Players and TVs with SmartHub, LG Smart TV and Blu-ray Players, and Google TV. More devices will be announced in the coming months.

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