Thursday, April 27, 2023 is Going Away

I got an email on April 18th saying that Netflix will be discontinuing its DVD service and only have streaming as of the end of September. This after 25 years. I've been on Netflix/ since February of 2002 or 21 of those 25 years. It's how I watch new release movies and older movies I might have missed.

I don't know what I'm going to do now after the service ends in late September. I might have to figure out how RedBox works. Or something. It seems to get all the new released movies on streaming you have to subscribe to about four services (Disney+, Paramount+, Hulu, and HBOMax). Plus maybe Netflix. I already subscribe to Disney+ (for Star Wars, Pixar, and Marvel) and Paramount+ (for Star Trek). 

I'm really not happy about this at all. But I understand that it's probably not making as much money as Netflix's streaming service is. It's a decision that is best for the company, but not for its customers.

I've been a very loyal customer for 21 years. I put up with them delaying new DVD releases for four weeks. I put up with them throttling me (not sending me new releases) because I sent back movies too fast and too often. I put up with the time it took to get a disc mailed to me going from one day to five days.

And "mailing the movie" is sort of a ritual event in my household. We drive through the Post Office parking lot to the mailbox and put it in. Then, if the weather is good, I drive down the interstate practicing on-ramp and off-ramp road racing. Going to have to figure out a way/reason to do that.

Do you use for movies? If so, how do you feel about this move. Let me know in the comments below.

1 comment:

  1. It's terrible. Terrible loss of an extremely valuable film archive. We won't find one like it again. I'm certain this petition won't change the outcome but I'm determined to let Netflix HQ know that people care about the DVD service. It is worth noting that the DVD and streaming businesses are for all intents and purposes separate. Criticizing DVD is much like criticizing the red headed stepchild. It is the parent company's deliberate neglect and quite frankly absurd business decisions that are bringing the DVD service to a premature end. From what I have personally seen from DVD it is clear that it is run by people who do valuable physical media and recognize the importance of their library. From what I have heard from living in Silicon Valley it is clear that Netflix HQ is lost in a quagmire of politics and no steady longterm vision. To continue the neglected stepchild metaphor, Netflix HQ is focusing their efforts and resources on their talentless favorite child. I saw this petition which might be of interest to you.