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Redbox is shutting down its instant streaming Oct. 7



Audra Schroeder


Posted on Oct 5, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 11:29 am CDT

The Netflix-ization of America is almost complete: The death knell has finally sounded for competitor Redbox, which will cease instant streaming on Oct. 7.

The Verizon-assisted company announced the news on its website, and instructed paying customers on how to get refunds. It might come as a surprise to some people that Redbox even had a streaming service, which is likely part of the reason why they’re shutting down.

The streaming feature debuted in early 2013, and attempted to one-up Netflix by offering instant streaming and four DVDs a month for less than Netflix’s monthly fee. Redbox’s CEO was pretty public about their disappointing numbers. There was a also a credit card fraud issue, and earlier this year, Redbox shut down new signups as a security measure.

You’ll still be able to rent movies at Redbox kiosks, but Netflix is just… so… close.

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*First Published: Oct 5, 2014, 12:28 pm CDT