New details were revealed today
about "Redbox Instant by Verizon," Redbox's unwieldy-named, soon-to-be-launched online streaming and DVD service -- and Netflix competitor.
Redbox Instant is set to go live at some point before the end of the year. UPDATE: It was announced December 4 that the service will not launch until 2013, giving Netflix a bit of time to regroup in the wake of a 7% stock slump.
While it's being tested secretly on private Beta, a help section about the new site is publicly available online. Based on this, the instant video detectives over at GigaOm discovered the following:
Subscriptions start at $6 per month. This gives users access to the complete catalogue of titles (which is exected to be much smaller than that of Netflix). For $8 per month, four "Redbox credits" are applied to the subscriber's account per month, allowing rental of four DVDs from Redbox kiosks.
Like Netflix, Redbox Instant will use Silverlight for video streaming.
Redbox Instant will be initially available on the web, Android and iOS devices, XBox 360 and some Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players.
Customers can register up to five devices for the service.