Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Redbox Instant by Verizon


Very excited to share my first BzzAgent Campaign! I recently joined BzzAgent and was determined to be a great, active member.  I love to try to products and share my findings with my friends and family so... why not, right?

For this campaign I was offered redbox instant by Verizon for one month, free of charge.  I was asked to try it out and then talk about my experience.  Overall, I had a great experience with this service.  Sign up is extremely easy. Name, email, credit card info, and you're done. With the subscription you receive free streaming movies and 4 credits to use at a redbox machine each month. I like the idea of the 4 credits. It's a lot more convenient to go to a redbox and pick up a movie on a whim than it is to wait for a movie to come in the mail.

The first thing I noticed once I signed up was how new some of the movies in the selection were.  I decided to watch "What to Expect When You're Expecting".  I had no problems watching this movie on my computer. The speed was great, no stopping during the movie. Also, the quality was great.  For some reason, sometimes the quality of my program is randomly pixelated on Netflix.  I did not experience this with redbox instant.

I decided to also test it out on my iPhone. The speed was a little slower than the laptop (which I expected), but wasn't bad.  I watched about 15 minutes of a movie on my phone and was actually impressed that the movie hadn't stopped or lagged.

Now for the things I wasn't too crazy about.  When I was looking to watch a second movie, it seemed like every movie I wanted to view had an extra cost associated with it. My feeling is if you're going to subscribe, there shouldn't be any extra costs to viewing any movie.  I also checked the selection for children (specifically the Sesame Street selection) and I only found one Sesame Street movie. This was a deal breaker for me since Sesame Street is sometimes the only thing that can calm down my son.  Needless to say, it's the most viewed program on our Netflix. 

Canceling my subscription wasn't a problem at all.  It was actually the easiest cancellation I have experienced.  I didn't have to search forever for the cancel option, it was right where I thought it would be in "Manage My Subscription".  I also didn't have to answer a bunch of question as to why I was canceling.  It literally took 10 seconds for me to cancel my subscription and I was done. Plus I can still view movies on a pay-as-you-go basis without the subscription.

Overall I was impressed with the service, it just isn't the right fit for me.  I would definitely recommend it to those who like to stream the latest movies and aren't satisfied with the "New Releases" on Netflix.  I would definitely recommend everyone at least try it if they keep the one month free trial period.  You seriously have nothing to lose.


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