Sick of Netflix? Verizon's Redbox Instant service-a cheaper competitor-starts rolling out in beta today. Here's how to get in on the action (or at least, on the waitlist).
Go to RedboxInstant.com and enter your email address to get sent an access code. Once you have the secret password, you'll enter it on the site, and then you have to wait for an invitation for a one-month free trial. After that period, you can choose to pay either $6/month for streaming only, $8/month for streaming plus four DVDs from a Redbox kiosk and access to an online store, or $9/month for the latter option with Blu-ray. And if you don't wait to wait, the service should open to the public later in the year.
But as lackluster as the selection on Netflix can be sometimes, don't run away so fast—Redbox Instant content might not be as good. That said, through a deal with Epix it will get newer movies just after they hit DVD, like Thor and the Hunger Games. Your holiday lounging just got a little more Katniss.