In case that you suspected that Redbox Instant would experience difficulty contending with a streaming feature behemoth like Netflix, you were correct. The Verizon-sponsored service is telling users that Instant will close down just before midnight on October 7th, generally 18 months after it got off the ground. Should you be a user, you’ll get a notice about any applicable refund on October tenth. The shutting down isn’t completely astounding – Outerwall (Redbox’s guardian company) wasn’t happy with Instant’s subscriber numbers, and a credit card fraud incident kept it from taking new customers for three months. Still, this isn’t uplifting news in the event that you loved Redbox’s extraordinary crossover of online and kiosk based rentals.