TV Shows Absent from Redbox/Verizon's Netflix Rival at Launch

Verizon Communications and Coinstar's Redbox expect to debut
a movies-only Internet streaming service later this month -- priced starting at
$8, the same as Netflix -- but initially the Redbox Instant by Verizon will
lack any TV show content and far fewer movies than Netflix.

The unlimited streaming-video plan will include about 5,500
movies from Warner Bros. and Epix -- the premium cable network owned by
Paramount Pictures, MGM and Lionsgate -- plus four nights of DVD rentals
available at Redbox's 36,000-plus kiosks nationwide for $8 per month. For
Blu-ray Disc rentals, the service is $9 per month.

When Verizon and Coinstar announced
the JV in February
, they said the service would provide TV shows, as well
as movies, available on multiple devices. Netflix claims to offer more than
100,000 titles, including a broad selection of television series.

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