Outerwall Inc (NASDAQ:OUTR) has announced a strong quarter four and named a new president for Redbox: Mark Horak. Horak is moving over from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on March 17th to run Redbox. Outerwall’s stock price went from above $63 to above $71.
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Redbox Instant launched on iOS and Android around a year ago and now the mobile version of Redbox Instant by Verizon is available on the Windows Phone Store. The new app has movie streaming and maps to Redbox kiosks nearby. The new Redbox Windows Phone app also has Live Tile support. If you have a Windows Phone device that is outside of the Nokia Lumia range, you will not be able to access the Redbox Windows Phone app yet as you would have to wait until January for the general availability release.
[Source: Nokia, Windows Phone]
Last week Google released the $35 HDMI Chromecast dongle. Around the time that Google announced the device, they mentioned that video can be streamed from YouTube, Netflix, Google Play, or from a Google Chrome tab. Vimeo is working on building a Chromecast application and so is Redbox, according to GigaOM. Verizon and Redbox is planning to support Chromecast through their Instant service. Plex’s developers are also looking into the Chromecast. Some of the other companies that are testing the Chromecast includes HBO, Songza, and Revision3.
Microsoft Corporation announced today that the Xbox 360 will get the exclusive console launch rights for the Redbox Instant Service throughout the beta period and for the launch. Microsoft did not reveal when the service would arrive for the Xbox, but they said it would be here “in the very near future.” If you are already a tester, you will get an e-mail with a unique code to access the app on the Xbox 360.
Verizon and Redbox have set up a joint venture to launch a service called Redbox Instant. Redbox Instant is being rolled out in private beta mode. The service has unlimited streaming movies with 4 DVD credits and a free one month trial. Redbox Instant will cost $8 per month and is competing directly against Netflix.
Redbox and Foursquare have teamed up to run a promotion from August 15th to August 24th that will offer discounts to customers who check in to a Redbox kiosk on Foursquare. The dvd rental company has apps for iPhone and Android that provide users with info like Redbox locations and which titles are currently available where. Mashable reports that the check-ins will get customers discounts between ten cents and a dollar.
Movie kiosk company Redbox will soon be entering Netflix’s territory by selling video streaming subscriptions. Redbox president Mitch Lowe said that there will be a single monthly fee that would allow people to watch the movies on multiple devices. Netflix has about 20 million customers for its DVD-mail and Internet streaming subscriptions. [LA Times]