Redbox Instant, the video-streaming service that arrived to the public this week, won’t work on your jailbroken iOS device. Instead, upon launching the mobile app, users with jailbroken devices are presented with an error message informing them that their “device is compromised.” The app then fails to load. There doesn’t yet appear to be any workaround to this situation, so if you’re one of the millions who just jailbroke your iPhone or iPad, then Redbox’s streaming service will be off-limits to you. For background, Verizon and Redbox announced their plans for a Netflix competitor this July, which was launched into beta testing in December, with apps for both Android and iOS. As of this week’s public debut, the service offers subscribers access to around 4,600 streaming titles, as well as four DVD rentals from Redbox kiosk locations for $8 per month.
About Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, co-founder of Metacademy, and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and his latest book, Blockchain - Cryptocurrency, NFTs & Smart Contracts: An executive guide to the world of decentralized finance, is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.