Verizon and Redbox Team-Up to Take on Netflix with their own Streaming Service

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    Later on this year, Verizon and Redbox plan to roll-out their own streaming video service to directly compete with Netflix. The big advantage that Verizon will have in this arena is that their vast network is superior to Netflix, so the streaming should be a vast improvement. The press release doesn't make it clear whether the service will be exclusive to Verizon customer's or not, but it does seem to indicate that they want to reach the broadest audience possible, so more likely it is the later.

    They also didn't give any specific details on pricing or availability, although they did say it would roll out the second half of 2012. Redbox's physical kiosks will still offer the same service for those who prefer physical media. The new collaboration is a joint venture in which Verizon will control a 65% share, and Redbox will hold 35%. It appears that Netflix will have some serious competition very soon, and this is likely a very smart move on Verizon's part. Here's the press release:

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    This is awesome news..
     
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    hopefully, like netflix, it allows rooted devices to stream movies. Those on vzw's network hope you have wifi around if not and you are tiered I am sure vzw will have no problem selling you more data.
     
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    This is why they got rid of the Unlimited plans. They have wanted to get into the streaming content business. For Netflix users, you have to worry about bandwidth and caps... If you switch to VZW's offering, they won't count it towards your tier...
     
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    It won't count? Really that sounds hard to believe ...

    Wondering if one subscription will cover multiple devices?





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    For a couple reasons I don't think it will count. If they sell a service that forces you to pay more data fees, I think there would be some backlash.

    By not having theirs count, it gives them a big edge over Netflix...
     
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    I find it hard to believe they are going to "compete " with netflix. Verizon doesn't offer any service at a reasonable price. Most likely their cheapest package will be twice as expensive as a similar netflix plan. I have no hard facts though. Netflix teamed with xbox live and since I already subscribed to both, I got a new service available on my xbox for no additional fee. Kudos to netflix and xbox live for giving you more for your money. Verizon could really increase customer satisfaction if they did the same, instead they charge an additional fee for every little additional service they offer.

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    Great. Another bloatware app on my next phone. I just don't see me streaming movies to a 4"screen. It would be very nice in a tablet though
    I'll have to see it in writing before I'll believe it's free data to use it on The Network

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    Why is it so hard to believe? They charge you for minutes but give you free minutes to other VZW customers, even though it costs them nothing to let you talk to other networks...

    The FCC says that they cannot block other vendors who have competing apps. However, they can choose to not charge you for the data if you use their services, making theirs a lot more attractive...

    They charge us twice for the same data even when we stay under our purchased caps and tiers(tethering hot spot)... so why wouldn't they do this? If they offer Redbox but don't count it towards your data tier, I think a lot of people would switch from Netflix, or ones that wanted Netflix for their mobile devices would be more likely to consider RedBox...
     
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    I believe they are going to do it, but compete with netflix? How? The netflix app is free. I already have netflix to watch at home on xbox, computers, ipad and android tablet. Netflix allows 12 or so devices to be enabled for use simultaneously. All 4 members of my family can watch different shows at the same time. Is verizon going to work on ipad and my computer? I have unlimited data so using their network to watch on my phone is not a problem. If you had only 2 gb data plan and their service was comparable to netflix with data being free for this service maybe some people would do it. Is the charge going to be per phone or plan? $10 for each phone maybe? Could get expensive quick! My unlimited instant view plan with netflix is less than $20. I don't see verizon offering anything like this for less than $20 for 12 devices simultaneous use.

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    I think we are making the assumption that the Verizon streaming service will necessarily be directly tied to their wireless plans and services. It is entirely possible that the streaming movie service will be completely separate from that and be similar to Netflix' implementation via a website portal. They would still be using their own internal network infrastructure for hosting, that is likely superior to what Netflix uses, but would simply stream over the web. Of course, right now this is just conjecture, as we really don't have enough facts or meaty details yet.
     
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    I find it hard to believe because this is the same vzw that hark on people for tethering on unlimited data because its not authorized, but charge people on tier data a tethering plan . Vzw is in the business to make money and their revenue stream is.data and calling plans. They see this as a money maker because if you are on tiered data and you want to stream movies you are gonna need a higher tier. If you have a netbook then you gonna need the mobile hotspot plan, mifi, or get a 4g tablet from them. Vzw is seeing this a money making idea and yes you can bet it will be a bloatware app. Vzw is trying to make a profit and this is a good way to do it.

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    I agree, it could be just another netflix, but then why Verizon?

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    You may be right pc747, but I hope your are wrong. It would be cool to see a decent competitor to Netflix. :)
     
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    $8 multiple devices they wont beat it!
     
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