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Redbox On Demand streaming service review

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This pay-as-you-go service gives you new movies and TV shows to rent and buy.

Known for DVD rentals from its red kiosks, Redbox On Demand offers movies and TV shows streaming on demand. It’s a pay-as-you-go service only, and if you already subscribe to another streaming service, you’ll find similar content here.

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Pricing $1.99
Free trial 1 day
Number of devices 5
Simultaneous streams 5
Closed captions Yes
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Rent or buy your favorite movies and TV shows without a monthly subscription. Stream instantly at home, on your computer, tablet or phone. Terms apply.

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Pros and cons

Pros

  • No subscription. Only pay for what you watch and avoid monthly service fees.
  • Option to buy. Purchase option on titles you want to keep.
  • Downloads. Watch later and on the go with its offline playback feature.
  • Commercial-free. Watch your TV shows without ad interruptions.
  • 10-minute preview. Find out if you’re really into a title by watching a short, free preview.

Cons

  • Limitations with the app. Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users can’t use the app for Redbox On Demand. You’ll have to visit Redbox.com to rent or buy.
  • Some titles only available for purchase. Not all movies are for rent — you’ll have to purchase some in order to watch.
  • No more game rentals. As of December 2019, Redbox On Demand announced that they’ll be discontinuing their video game rental service.

What features does Redbox On Demand offer?

Redbox On Demand offers a simple, streamlined way to watch movies and TV shows. Other features include:

Pizza and movie deals

Redbox On Demand partners with DoorDash, Slice Pizza and Chuck E. Cheese to combine dinner and movies for a night in.

Redbox On Demand points

Good for those who still visit its kiosks. Earn points every time you rent a movie and put them toward free rentals and purchases at the kiosk.

What is Redbox Live TV?

Redbox Live TV is a way to watch live movies and TV shows any time you want for free. It’s an ad-supported option from Redbox that doesn’t require you to create an account or enter any personal information. As long as you have a compatible device, you can watch hours of content easily without commitment.

While it does well in offering a few popular channels like TMZ and USA Today, a lot of its Live TV content is rather out of syndication. Even the Redbox original channels don’t bring much to the table in ways of recent TV, but there are a few programs you might find familiar.

  • Family Feud
  • Forensic Files
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos
  • The Hollywood Beatdown with Tyron Woodley

What devices is Redbox On Demand compatible with?

Access Redbox On Demand through your TV, phone and mobile devices. However, some iOS mobile products are incompatible with the Redbox On Demand app. Apple users should visit Redbox On Demand’s website to rent and buy movies.

Smart TV devices:

  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • LG
  • Roku
  • Samsung TV
  • Vizio Smart TV

Mobile Devices:

  • iOS devices 10X and higher
  • Android (5.0 Lollipop to 8.X Oreo)

Computers on Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge

  • Mac — OS X El Capitan, OS X Sierra and OS X High Sierra
  • Windows 7 and 10

How much does Redbox On Demand cost?

Redbox On Demand movie rentals range from $1.99 for weekly deals, to $9.99 for new releases. If you decide to purchase a movie to keep in your library, you’ll pay between $7.99 and $14.99.

You can only purchase TV shows by season, with prices between $7.99 to $29.99. Prices depend on the number of episodes per season.

What can I watch with Redbox On Demand

Redbox On Demand specializes in new content and has thousands of shows and movies to choose from. Some highlights:

Shows:

  • The Americans
  • Empire
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • New Girl
  • Outlander
  • The Simpsons
  • The Shield

Movies:

  • Angry Birds 2
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • Ma
  • Pets 2
  • Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
  • Transformers
  • X-Men Dark Phoenix
  • Yesterday

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Redbox On Demand may be best for those who don’t want to commit to a streaming subscription service, but want on-demand streaming for new movies and shows. However, not all movies are for rent, and you have to purchase entire seasons to watch its shows.

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