Verizon and Redbox are officially kicking off a streaming movie service. Sort of. Redbox Instant by Verizon goes into beta this month, and you have to have an invitation to get behind the velvet rope for now.
Later in 2013, however, will be the wider launch. For now, the details are that the Redbox Instant will give you streaming video and some DVDs from Redbox kiosks, as well as the ability to buy online. It sounds like a pretty decent deal—$8/month gets you streaming plus four DVDs from kiosks and access to the online store. The same option with Blu-ray is $9/month. And if you don't give a hoot about DVDs, you'll pay just $6/month for streaming only.
Content probably won't be as deep as Netflix is considering Redbox Instant is a newer service and it hasn't had the time to strike up as many deals with studios and such. However, like Netflix, you'll get newer titles like Thor and The Hunger Games just after they're released because of an agreement between Redbox and Epix. Even so, you now have even more reason to never leave your apartment, ever. [Redbox Instant via AllThingsD]