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This article was published on October 4, 2014

Verizon’s Redbox Instant streaming video service will close down on October 7

Verizon’s Redbox Instant streaming video service will close down on October 7
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US video streaming service Redbox Instant announced today that it is to shut down on October 7, after signup was disabled for three months due to a security problem.

A message posted to its website simply said that you’ve got three days left to stream before it closes forever:

Thank you for being a part of Redbox Instant by Verizon. Please be aware that the service will be shut down on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Information on applicable refunds will be emailed to current customers and posted here on October 10.

In the meantime, you may continue to stream movies and use your Redbox kiosk credits until Tuesday, October 7 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank you for the opportunity to entertain you.

Sincerely,
The Redbox Instant by Verizon Team

Gigaom asked Redbox Instant if the service was closing down last week but a PR representative refused to comment.

A FAQ on the Redbox website attributes the closedown to the service being “not as successful as we hoped it to be.”

Current customers are able to get a refund for the full month of October and Redbox rentals continue to be available.