Redbox is a free ad-supported video streaming service with dozens of live streaming channels and on demand movies. Users can also rent or buy movies through the platform.
Starting in 2002, Redbox began offering DVDs through its iconic kiosks. The company launched Redbox On Demand in 2018 to deliver a broader selection of movies and TV shows via video-on-demand.
Streaming rentals typically run $1.99-$5.99, though you can sometimes rent theatrical releases early for $19.99. Purchases are often $9.99-$19.99. Users can sometimes get a discount by purchasing movie bundles. Older films are usually less expensive than new releases.
We tested Redbox and other subscription streaming services for more than 100 hours. Redbox is compatible with Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Mac, Windows, PlayStation, Xbox, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, and VIZIO Smart TV.
In 2019, Redbox launched Redbox Entertainment, a new division to produce and distribute original content across its services. Through Redbox Entertainment, the company released “The Fanatic” and “Running with the Devil” through VOD and at the kiosk. It’s expected to continue creating original titles.
Users can access some titles on demand, like the first season of “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “The Weird Al Show,” and “Are We There Yet?”
Most TV available on the platform comes in the form of virtual channels.
While users can rent/buy many titles, there are many free films available. These are usually older titles or less popular contemporary movies. At the time of this writing, some movies available include “Halloween,” “Beverly Hills Ninja,” “Attack the Block,” “Blue Valentine,” “The Artist,” “Clerks II,” and “Train to Busan.”
There’s a nice section of classic films, including titles like “His Girl Friday,” “Metropolis,” and “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.”
Redbox offers some free faith-based movies as well.
Redbox offers a very limited number of free kids titles, including films like “The Hero of Color City,” “Dino King,” and “Sea Level.”
No Parental Controls
Up to 2 Devices
You can have up to five devices registered to your account. You can stream purchased titles on up to two devices simultaneously. Rentals can only be viewed on one device at a time.
Free channels, shows, and films include ads. Rentals and purchases do not.
Downloaded titles are available within the Redbox app.
Redbox is compatible with these devices:
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- Android TV
- Android Phone/Tablet
- LG Smart TV
- Samsung Smart TV
- Sony Smart TV
- VIZIO Smart TV
Like many free services, Redbox offers several free virtual channels of live TV. Users can access Newsy, CBC News, Game Show Network, Court TV, and channels dedicated to specific shows like “It’s Showtime at the Apollo,” “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” and “The Carol Burnett Show.”
There are small channel sections for children and music stations.
Redbox offers local news from several CMG stations:
- WHIO (Dayton)
- WJAX (Jacksonville)
- WSB (Atlanta)
- WSOC (Charlotte)
- WPXI (Pittsburgh)
- WFTV (Orlando)
- KIRO (Seattle)
- KOKI (Tulsa)
- WHBQ (Memphis)
- WFXT (Boston)
Redbox does offer some sports channels like PAC 12 Insider, beIN Sports XTRA, ThrillOne Network, and Fight Network.
Surround sound is only available on certain devices.