Redbox Instant (iOS) review: Redbox Instant is perfect for subscribers, but the streaming catalog is less than stellar

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Installation and Setup: 8.0
  • Features and Support: 6.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good Redbox Instant is great for managing your rentals, bookmarking movies you want to watch, and as long as you can find one, it's great for watching a movie instantly.

The Bad The Redbox Instant catalog is not nearly as large as Netflix's, which is already small compared with its rental catalog.

The Bottom Line The Redbox app is useful for renting movies and managing your account, but for streaming movies, Netflix has a bigger catalog.

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Redbox Instant (iOS|Android) lets you manage your rentals from your smartphone or tablet and offers instant movie streaming, but the streaming catalog is not on par with other services like Netflix.

To get started, you'll need to be a subscriber or you'll need to create an account with Redbox using your credit card for access (just like Netflix); the good news is you get a one-month free trial to see if you want to stay on board.

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Redbox Instant (iOS)

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