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Redbox Instant app for Xbox 360 goes live for Gold subscribers

Courtesy Engadget.com

Redbox Instant app on Xbox

We knew that Redbox Instant would be coming to Xbox 360, it was specifically betrayed by a leak way back in November and the company has been pretty up front about the planned support. Now the app is available through Xbox Live, delivering its streaming library to millions of Microsoft gamers. The $8 a month service just became available to the public during the last week. If you’re curious, but not quite ready to add another subscription to your life, Xbox Live Gold customers can enjoy a free trial of 4,600 unlimited streaming titles (though the 4,000-plus movies available for purchase or rent will still set you back a few more bucks). To try it out yourself hit up the Xbox Live Marketplace, where you’ll also find the newly launched GameTrailers app.


Redbox Instant Goes Beyond The Kiosk With A New Video-Streaming Service

Courtesy of MakeUseOf.com

You may know Redbox as your friendly kiosk DVD-dealer, but it’s now yet another fighter in the ring of on-demand video: Redbox Instant is on its way to a media device near you. Announced in February of 2012 as a joint-venture with mobile company Verizon, the brand finally launched its streaming content service to the US public.

Curious users can sign up for a month-long free trial which offers access to unlimited streaming as well as four DVD credits. After the honeymoon period, these offerings will cost $8 a month. However, you have the option of ditching the DVDs for an Instant-only experience for $6.

Redbox Instant’s price may barely undercut Netflix, but does it have the same quality content? As a newcomer to the streaming business, the service is unsurprisingly lacking. The company currently offers 4,600 titles through its content agreement with Epix, a media company that operates with Viacom, Lionsgate, MGM, and more. Compared to Netflix’s vast library of over 100,000 items to watch, the company has quite a bit of work to do.

Similar to Netflix’s accessibility, Redbox Instant users will be able to view all content using virtually any platform. Subscribers can watch their movies and shows on any iOS device, any Android device, an Xbox 360, and some Samsung TVs. The service was released in beta form last December, and as of right now, it remains available solely in the US market. No word has been mentioned as to whether it will eventually become available to a worldwide audience.

Will you make use of Redbox Instant? What do you think of its current offerings?


Flash in Windows 8

From Microsoft Developer Tools Blog

Starting tomorrow, we are updating Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT to enable Flash content to run by default. On Windows 8, all Flash content continues to be enabled for IE on the desktop.

As we have seen through testing over the past several months, the vast majority of sites with Flash content are now compatible with the Windows experience for touch, performance, and battery life. With this update, the curated Compatibility View (CV) list blocks Flash content in the small number of sites that are still incompatible with the Windows experience for touch or that depend on other plug-ins.

We believe having more sites “just work” in IE10 improves the experience for consumers, businesses, and developers. As a practical matter, the primary device you walk around with should give you access to all the Web content on the sites you rely on. Otherwise, the device is just a companion to a PC. Because some popular Web sites require Adobe Flash and do not offer HTML5 alternatives, Adobe and Microsoft continue to work together closely to deliver a Flash Player optimized for the Windows experience.

Windows 8
Windows RT

Immersive IE
Enabled unless on CV list
Enabled unless on CV list

Desktop IE
Enabled for all sites
Enabled unless on CV list

This updates the immersive IE experience on Windows 8, and both the immersive and desktop IE experiences on Windows RT. The update will be made available to customers with Windows Update. The curated CV list applies to IE on the desktop for Windows RT since the most common reason to block Flash is that the site relies on other plug-ins that are not available on Windows RT.