Redbox Launches Free Live TV Service, but It’s Not Worth Your Time

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Redbox has now launched a new free, ad-supported live TV streaming service. This makes Redbox the latest company to invest in free TV and further highlights the ever-increasing appeal of the AVOD model.


Ad-supported has become big business of late with services, both large and small, looking to take advantage of the AVOD approach. Which is not surprising considering consumers are equally as keen on free content. Tubi, one of the major players in the AVOD market only recently confirmed it now has 25 million monthly active users.

This is not the first time Redbox has looked to streaming to mitigate its reliance on physical content, and it might not be the last. Either way, it would be unwise to think of this as a robust or even finished service. Arguably, it is not even a dedicated streaming service, but instead an additional feature that’s recently been added to the Redbox website and apps.


Redbox’s live TV is basic, but it is free

Redbox’s free live TV service is simply branded as “Free Live TV” and does not even require an email for access. Once the Free Live TV section is selected, the user is immediately booted into a simple, but usable live TV interface.

Redbox free TV app
Redbox free live TV on Android mobile

While it should be expected the channel lineup will expand over time, the list is limited. With this being a free service, users should not be expecting the same variety of channels offered by paid-for live TV services. Instead, the limited selection is very reminiscent of other services and it is highly likely to actually be powered by Xumo – all of the channels (with the exception of Redbox-branded channels) are available through the popular free live TV service.

In fact, as Redbox’s list is more limited, users are better off just opting for the Xumo service in general and skipping on Redbox’s service until it expands more.


Here’s the full list of Redbox free live TV channels:

Redbox Spotlight
Redbox Comedy
Redbox Rush
Gravitas movies
Maverick Movies
Dove now
American Classics
Unsolved mysteries
Forensic files
Family Feud
Global Got Talent
Fail Army
Comedy Dynamics
The Pet Collective
People are Awesome
USA Today
Now This

Available on desktop and mobile

Providing the service is accessed in a supported area, the Free Live TV feature is available via desktop and through the Redbox mobile app. The list of supported devices does not currently appear to extend to TV platforms yet – at least neither Android TV nor Roku.

Even if the feature does begin to roll out on TV devices, it remains to be seen if Android TV will be included in that list, considering the ‘Redbox for Android TV’ app has not been updated since July of last year.

Source: Redbox

John Finn

By John Finn

John started Streaming Better to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been editing and writing about technology and streaming for online publications since 2014, and believes the best streaming approach is to rotate between services as needed.

John's preferred live TV streaming service right now is YouTube TV although he does tend to switch live TV services multiple times each year to keep up to date with their changes. Outside of live TV, John also actively streams HBO Max (for the shows), Peacock (for Premier League), and Paramount Plus (for Champion's League). However, John is also currently subscribed to Apple TV+, Discovery+, Hulu, Starz, Showtime, and Shudder.

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