Redbox Instant by Verizon, the Netflix competitor with the name we still can’t quite get used to, officially launched its private beta test Wednesday. The site’s splash page is touting an $8-per-month subscription, which includes four DVD credits redeemable at Redbox kiosks. Android and iOS apps have also popped up on the iTunes store and Google Play .
GigaOM first reported many of the key details about Redbox Instant’s streaming service last month, when we were able to gather key information from the service’s help page. Pretty much all of that information turned out to be correct, save for two minor details: We predicted that Redbox Instant would launch its beta test on December 17, but it looks as if the service didn’t quite make that deadline. Also, a previously mentioned Xbox app hasn’t actually launched yet.
Right now, the service is only available on Android, iOS, Windows, OS X and select Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players. A Twitter account for the service also mentioned Wednesday that support for Google TV is on the way. The same account also mentioned that a plan including Blu-ray rentals would be available “for an extra buck.” Not mentioned Wednesday, but apparently still available as well, is a streaming-only plan for $6 a month.
Speaking of not mentioned: Redbox Instant published a somewhat obnoxious promo video for its service, which I don’t want to republish here. Instead, I give you this video demonstrating how the service looks like on a PC or Mac that has previously only been made available to beta testers: