How to Buy or Rent Redbox Movies to Stream at Home

Redbox On-Demand competes with Hulu and Netflix streaming services

Redbox, the kiosk DVD rental service, not only lets you rent physical DVDs that you pick up and drop off at a kiosk, but it also has a collection of online movies and TV shows that you can stream right at home without needing a DVD.

Netflix is the closest comparison to Redbox. With both, you can either watch movies online or get physical DVDs, but Redbox is fundamentally different in that it doesn't require a subscription to stream. You pay only for what you select to stream.

Redbox's on-demand function is similar to other streaming services such as Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Vudu, but the video selections and ease-of-use differ on each service.

The Pros and Cons of Redbox on Demand illustration
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What Is Redbox On Demand?

Redbox On Demand is a video streaming service that lets you buy and rent movies and TV shows that you can watch at home, some of which are available for just a couple of bucks.

This service is much like Redbox's physical DVD service in that you choose exactly what you want to pay for, on-demand, any time you want. However, the on-demand service lets you watch movies and TV shows without leaving the house. You don't have to visit a Redbox kiosk to get the video or to return it.

You can play your Redbox On Demand rented or purchased movies and shows right on your computer, TV, phone, and tablet. All you have to do is download the Redbox app on your device and then log in to your account to access your movies and TV shows.

Redbox On Demand makes it easy to find movies and shows to rent and buy. There are categories of genres you can browse through, reviews from other users that let you see how they liked it, and an option to find movies with a specific rating such as PG-13 or G-rated movies.

Important Facts About Redbox On Demand

Here are some things to be aware of before you choose to use Redbox On Demand:

  • There aren't any subscription options. You pay for each movie, TV show season, or TV show episode that you want to pay for.
  • There's a 30-day time frame during which you must start streaming a rented Redbox movie. Once you begin, you have 48 hours before it expires. You can watch the video as many times as you like during that period.
  • You can buy movies if you want to keep them forever.
  • Not all movies are available for rent. Some are only viewable if you purchase them.
  • Videos can be downloaded to your computer, tablet, or phone for offline playback.
  • If you own the movie or TV show, you can stream on up to five devices a simultaneously from the same account. If you've rented it, you can only stream on one device at a time.
  • Redbox On Demand works on computers, iOS, and Android devices, Smart TVs, and Roku boxes, and it can stream to other devices such as the Google Chromecast.
  • Video progress is saved to your account so you can stop watching a video on one device and resume it later on another device.
  • Redbox On Demand lets you earn Perks points that can be used to rent movies from a kiosk.

How to Buy or Rent Movies and TV Shows

The first thing you need to do to use Redbox On Demand is to find a movie or TV show that you want to watch. The process to buy or rent the video is extremely simple.

These instructions are for desktop users but similar steps can be used to rent and buy Redbox On Demand movies and shows from the app.

To Rent or Buy Movies With Redbox On Demand

  1. From your computer, visit the On Demand Movies page on Redbox's website.

    Redbox on demand streaming page.
  2. Find a movie you want to rent or buy. Click Show Filters to sort by genre, maturity rating, and rent vs. buy. Click Trending to order the list in alphabetical order or release date. Click any movie to see a summary.

  3. Click or tap the Rent On Demand or Buy On Demand button on the right side of the movie's page. Some movies cannot be rented and can only be bought, so you might find that some video pages do not have the rent button available. One easy way to find rent-only movies is to use the Rent filter on the New or Coming Soon page.

    Rent On Demand $4.99+ button on Ocean's 8 detail page on Redbox
  4. Choose High Definition or Standard Definition. HD movies are more expensive than SD movies.

    Choosing between High Definition and Standard Definition on Redbox.
  5. Log in to your Redbox account or create a new account.

  6. Enter your payment information or select a credit card previously used with your account.

  7. Click or tap Accept & Pay <price> when you're ready to make the purchase.

To Buy TV Shows With Redbox On Demand

  1. Visit the Redbox On Demand TV page on your computer.

    Redbox TV on Demand landing page
  2. Browse for and find the TV show or season you want to buy from Redbox. One easy way to find popular shows is to use the Most Popular TV On Demand page.

  3. Select the appropriate season from the drop-down menu.

  4. Click or tap the Buy On Demand button to the right of that page to get the full season, or choose Buy next to any specific episode to buy just that one episode.

    Redbox Buy on Demand button for The Orville TV show
  5. Select either High Definition for the HD version of the show or Standard Definition to get the less expensive, SD version.

    Choosing between High Definition and Standard Definition on Redbox.
  6. Log in to your Redbox account if you already have or make a new one to continue.

  7. Choose a payment option or enter new credit card details.

  8. Choose Accept & Pay <price> to buy the video or season.

How to Watch Redbox On-Demand Movies and TV Shows

Videos you rent through Redbox On Demand are stored in the My Library section of your account until they expire. Here's how to watch Redbox On Demand movies and TV shows you've rented:

  1. Visit the My Library area of your account and log in to Redbox.

  2. Hover your mouse over the video you want to stream and choose Watch Now.

Watching a video you've rented will immediately start the 48-hour window you have to watch it. Remember that you have 30 full days to keep the video in your account before you decide to watch it.

If you'd rather not watch Redbox On Demand videos on your computer, you can download the Redbox app on your device to stream movies and TV shows there. See Redbox's Set up your device page for more information.