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Introducing a Custom Redbox Instant by Verizon Experience for Xbox One

By Brad Bowers, Sr. Product Manager, Redbox Instant by Verizon
Xbox One day one is almost upon us, and we’ve had a blast working with their top-notch team to build the best Redbox Instant by Verizon experience for movie lovers. We built the app from the ground up to take advantage of the latest advances in user interface innovations made possible by the new Kinect and horsepower available on Xbox One. You can search for a movie with just your voice and control content by waving your hand. The Redbox Instant by Verizon app also supports pinning favorite movies to the Home Screen – perfect for when my kid wants to watch his favorite animated movie over and over again.

The Xbox One team has taken an ambitious approach to introducing new technologies for the living room, and when we heard about all of the new features of the Xbox One – whether it was the OneGuide, Achievements or Snap Mode – we jumped at incorporating them into our app.

Snap Mode
One of the coolest features of the Xbox One is the ability to multitask. With Redbox Instant by Verizon, you’ll be able to watch stand-up comedy and play a game at the same time or Skype with a friend and discuss the new release movie you’re watching. Thinking through the new user scenarios that are enabled by Snap Mode was an interesting challenge for us, and no other console allows the sort of flexible multitasking that can be done on the Xbox One.

OneGuide
The OneGuide on Xbox One is where fans of video services like Redbox Instant by Verizon can go to browse the latest movies and entertainment. When you install the app, you’ll get four channels added to your OneGuide that will help you find the freshest movies available to stream from the subscription catalog, reserve on disc at your nearest Redbox kiosk or rent/buy directly from our Redbox Instant by Verizon store.



Achievements
Many of us at Redbox Instant by Verizon are avid gamers, and we’ve definitely spent a lot of time trying to unlock Achievements through the years. So, when Microsoft told us we could design Achievements for the Redbox Instant by Verizon app, we started brainstorming possibilities immediately. The Xbox One dynamic Achievements system allows us to regularly launch new Achievements, even after we’ve launched the app, so, the fun never stops! You’ll be able to share and compare Achievements with your friends, too. Some of the Achievements on Redbox Instant by Verizon at launch include:

  • I’m a Redhead! – Subscribe to the Redbox Instant by Verizon service and then log into the app
  • Watch it Later, Gator! – Bookmark three movies on your Xbox One so that you can watch them later
  • Our First Date – Watch a full movie and we’ll give you this achievement
  • Party like it’s … – Watch nine movies from 1999 (I remember those days…)
  • KJ RULEZ! – Watch five movies featuring Kevin James
  • Fearless – Watch 10 horror movies
  • Couch Party – Watch a movie with four of your friends logged in
  • Blackjack! – Watch any 21 movies (they don’t have to be set at a casino, but that might be fun)

We also have a couple of Achievements that are a bit more difficult to unlock (just to keep things interesting), and we’ll be adding more as time goes on.

We look forward to you checking us out on your new Xbox One starting Nov. 22!
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