2.7 Million active mail accounts Netflix DVD

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Yes it is true Netflix DVD/Blu-ray service has 2.7 million active customers. Why because the DVD/Blu-ray catalog is much larger than streaming, much cheaper when you consider in order to view popular movies, series, you need several streaming accounts. Families living In rural American can’t receive broadband internet required for streaming. Many people really like video/audio quality of DVD/Blu-ray versus streaming. For me I prefer buying Blu-ray, not 4K, for private home viewing because of the video/audio quality. I can understand why some continue to prefer to rent DVD/Blu-ray rather than stream. I subscribe to Netflix and can say the quality, though not equal to Blu-ray, is very good better than DVD. In the end these 2.7 million will become streamers, not buyers like us, our world is shrinking and there is not much we can do about that.

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  1. I previously had the rental option from Netflix, they had a good assortment of catalog titles. Where I live at however, the us mail drops packages/letters off at my house but does not pick up. It became a hassle to have to drive to a post office mailbox to send my Netflix items back everytime I was finished with them. I still have the streaming service but that is mainly for my wife and kids as I’m not very happy with their catalog availability on the streaming site. I still buy the majority of titles I want on Blu-ray. I have to admit I subscribed to the new Criterion channel so we will see how that plays out.

  2. I utilize streaming, borrowing from friends and the local public library, and a couple of disk rental places which covers most–but not all–of my viewing wishlist. I had stopped Netflix DVD rental but started it up again recently because they had titles I couldn't find elsewhere. I do wish, however, that you could look up their blu ray titles that are available in a group, rather than looking up each title.

  3. TonyD

    I stopped using the mail version of Netflix many years ago.
    Was never able to get new releases on a regular bases.
    Was easier to get them from Redbox.

    I maintain a Netflix rental subscription for titles I missed in the past or new Blu-rays I don't get offered by the studios.

    As long as I mail my "at home" disc on Friday or Saturday, I always get my 1st pick of the following week's new releases.

    Even if I miss out on release date, the newer titles become available again quickly!

  4. skylark68

    Where I live at however, the us mail drops packages/letters off at my house but does not pick up.

    What??? That blows my mind. How can they not pick up mail? First off, that is their job, Secondly It says directly on the USPS website that:

    You can send mail by:

    • Dropping it into a blue collection box.
    • Leaving it in your home mailbox.
    • Scheduling a pickup.
    • Taking it to a Post Office.

    https://pe.usps.com/text/dmm100/sending-receiving.htm

  5. Rodney

    What??? That blows my mind. How can they not pick up mail? First off, that is their job, Secondly It says directly on the USPS website that:

    You can send mail by:

    • Dropping it into a blue collection box.
    • Leaving it in your home mailbox.
    • Scheduling a pickup.
    • Taking it to a Post Office.

    https://pe.usps.com/text/dmm100/sending-receiving.htm

    I’m in an older neighborhood that still has walk up delivery. It was grandfathered in as all the surrounding neighborhoods have individual mailboxes at the street but apparently the letter carriers do not pick up from our locations as part of that “deal.”

  6. I don’t get USPS pickup at my Queens, NY apartment either. There’s no place either inside the building or around it to drop off a letter and they don’t take mail left in your box. I end up mailing everything from work.

  7. Colin Jacobson

    I maintain a Netflix rental subscription for titles I missed in the past or new Blu-rays I don't get offered by the studios.

    As long as I mail my "at home" disc on Friday or Saturday, I always get my 1st pick of the following week's new releases.

    Even if I miss out on release date, the newer titles become available again quickly!

    I didn’t know Netflix still offered a mail exchange subscription. I used to have this mail exchange, and I watched a ton of films this way. I did notice that Netflix slowed down on offering new releases (this may have been due to the distribution studio), so I stopped the service.

  8. Jeffrey D

    I didn’t know Netflix still offered a mail exchange subscription. I used to have this mail exchange, and I watched a ton of films this way. I did notice that Netflix slowed down on offering new releases (this may have been due to the distribution studio), so I stopped the service.

    I've never encountered a new release – meaning a new movie, not a "new to Blu-ray movie" – that didn't pop up on NF, though oddly, "White Boy Ricky" was only DVD, not BD.

    But I am happy that they ship a new disc when the post office scans the one I return. It'd suck if I had to wait for NF to actually receive the returned disc first!

    I think they kinda have to do it this way because they've shut down so many of their receiving PO boxes. When I first started on NF, it'd ship to an address about 10 miles from my house.

    Then they stopped that and my discs went to somewhere in MD.

    Now they go to New Jersey! :wacko:

  9. Didn't know that the Netflix Disk rental service still existed; I would think that with streaming, that would have already gone by the wayside. That being said, I completely understand why people prefer physical media to streaming – since I'm one of those people.

    However – even though I considered using this Netflix disk rental service back in the late 200X's/early 20XX's, I never did – for several reasons:

    -The possibility the disks were scratched & unwatchable (or partially unwatchable) – I had a lot of issues re: scratches on Disk rentals from Blockbuster at the time, so didn't want to deal with this.

    -The possibility of the Disks getting misdelivered/not delivered to me and/or when I tried to return them to Netflix. Again, I had/have issues with misdeliveries in the past, and didn't want to take this chance.

    -The possibility that I would be sent the wrong film (other than what I ordered). I read an article (at the time that Netflix rentals were at their height) which mentioned that not everyone got the movies/TV shows they requested – in some cases, they got alternatives, and not what they really wanted to see. Not sure how this worked, but I wouldn't have wanted to deal with this either.

  10. I last used it just a couple of years ago. Over the years, they added fewer niche titles and didn't replace formerly-available titles when they got damaged or lost. They also started stocking "For Rental Only" discs that usually didn't contain any of the supplements offered on the retail discs. It was still good for new-ish releases and mainstream stuff. Honestly, my tastes are a bit off the beaten track, so it eventually wasn't worth the cost to me, but I can absolutely see the benefit it would still have for many people. Before streaming made many films more available, it was one of my favorite things.

  11. This is an interesting topic because, to me, the real question is how many [physical media] customers did Netflix have before they spun off the streaming service. I don't have any data but I think it's safe to say millions more than now as most have migrated to streaming only plans. It never occurred to me before but I would suspect the rental experience is now much better for those who remained.

  12. Brian Kidd

    I last used it just a couple of years ago. Over the years, they added fewer niche titles and didn't replace formerly-available titles when they got damaged or lost. They also started stocking "For Rental Only" discs that usually didn't contain any of the supplements offered on the retail discs. It was still good for new-ish releases and mainstream stuff. Honestly, my tastes are a bit off the beaten track, so it eventually wasn't worth the cost to me, but I can absolutely see the benefit it would still have for many people. Before streaming made many films more available, it was one of my favorite things.

    The "Rental Only" discs appear to be a thing of the past. Every new release Blu-ray I've rented for a couple years has been the full regular retail issue.

    Before the sequel came out, I rented "Happy Death Day", a BD that came out early 2018. It was a "rental only", and I'm thinking that it was one of the last…

  13. Colin Jacobson

    The "Rental Only" discs appear to be a thing of the past. Every new release Blu-ray I've rented for a couple years has been the full regular retail issue.
    ..

    That has not been my experience. I still get lots of rental only discs stripped of extras.

  14. aPhil

    That has not been my experience. I still get lots of rental only discs stripped of extras.

    This was my understanding all along. Based on studio paranoia concerning cannibalization of DVD [Blu Ray] sales, rental companies like Redbox and Netflix would be provided with these crippled "Rental Only" discs.

    This article is very old but does a decent job of summing it up. By now it's possible [but not likely] things have changed.

    https://thepopbreak.com/2011/01/11/no-more-special-features-on-dvd-rentals/

  15. aPhil

    That has not been my experience. I still get lots of rental only discs stripped of extras.

    Such as…?

    I'm not saying that the older "Rental Only" discs have been replaced with full-featured ones.

    I am saying that I used NF for new releases a lot and it's been a long time since one was limited.

    Universal was one of the prime offenders in that regard, but all the Uni discs I've gotten for a year plus have been full featured…

  16. Malcolm R

    Given that the rental market has shrunk so much, I wouldn't think it cost effective to create a separate run of altered/stripped discs these days.

    Since the studios pretty much know how many copies of a title will be sold to Netflix and other such companies,
    it is not a lot of money for the larger companies to take away extras and author an uncomplicated Blu-ray for rental. It is a very small cost.

    Having paid for some of this work, I can say that a major studio with a major release would not blink at such a minor cost.

  17. The thing that annoys me most about rental, is that they still treat Blu-ray like it's something special, charging a premium, and not stocking many titles in the format, though they're obviously available. Seems to me it would be worth it for them to stock, based just upon the anti-scratch coating on Blu's, which makes them far more durable than DVD's. Blu isn't still some expensive "elitist" format, but it's unlikely that Netflix will change any of their archaic policies.

  18. aPhil

    I have never seen a stripped down Criterion disc. Only the bigger studio releases.

    While that's true, Netflix has a habit of not offering the Criterion releases of films for which they already own older copies. Understandable, but disappointing for those of us who love Criterion's releases.

  19. aPhil

    Since the studios pretty much know how many copies of a title will be sold to Netflix and other such companies,
    it is not a lot of money for the larger companies to take away extras and author an uncomplicated Blu-ray for rental. It is a very small cost.

    Having paid for some of this work, I can say that a major studio with a major release would not blink at such a minor cost.
    .

    Still waiting for your examples of "stripped down" BDs released over the last year or so.

    As I noted, the most recent release I've encountered that was "rental fodder" came out in January 2018.

    Over the past 12 months, I got 45 new releases from Netflix. Every single one was a regular retail disc!

  20. Colin Jacobson

    Still waiting for your examples of "stripped down" BDs released over the last year or so.

    I must reply that when I get to the point in my life that I'm making lists of stripped down BDs that I have reached the end of all meaning, all value, and all sanity.
    I hope to never get there.

  21. aPhil

    I must reply that when I get to the point in my life that I'm making lists of stripped down BDs that I have reached the end of all meaning, all value, and all sanity.
    I hope to never get there.

    🙄

    You claimed that the studios still put of lots of rental-only discs. I asked for examples – you gave none.

    I didn't ask for "lists" – I requested examples from the past year. Shouldn't be that hard to remember, especially since you claim to see so many of them…

  22. Colin Jacobson

    🙄
    You claimed that the studios still put of lots of rental-only discs. I asked for examples – you gave none.

    I didn't ask for "lists" – I requested examples from the past year. Shouldn't be that hard to remember, especially since you claim to see so many of them…

    I'm not trying to argue with you nor have I made any claim other than that I have received lots of stripped down discs and that I continue to receive such.

    I don't keep lists on that kind of thing. It is not important to me.
    Sorry it bothers you. Sorry I see such discs.
    Glad you do not if you don't like such.

  23. I've been renting discs from NetFlix since they started, and only had one warehouse. For the last several years I've been on the unlimited, one at a time plan for $10. I have never experienced any of the problems that people have listed as common problems with them. I am fortunate that the local (about 60 miles away in Denver) warehouse is still operating, and isn't likely to close unless the entire service goes away. I have never… never received the wrong disc. Ever. I have received some damaged discs. Probably twice a year out of about 100 total discs a year. What I really like NetFlix for is cable TV shows.

    If there is a new release I want on release day, I send a disc back on Saturday, and 98% of the time the new release is sent to me on Monday. If not, I either check Redbox of just be a grown up and wait a week or two, which is typically how long it takes to get it. In reality, Redbox isn't always an option, since they have such a limited offering.

    I hadn't thought about it, but I'm not sure what the last stripped-down Blu-Ray I got was. I think it has been a while. The Hunger Games and Divergent ones had non-HD soundtracks. In the case of missing extra features, I've found they are sometimes on the disc, but the menu won't take you to them. There are ways around that.

  24. I am fine with streaming Netflix movies but I want my end credits and end credits music back. Doesn't this annoy anyone else? The instant the end credits for the movie begin to roll, Netflix immediately shrinks the streamed movie into a smaller format, moves it to the corner of the screen and cuts it off soon after that so they can fire up an ad for some other movie or tv show in their line up. It is a total mood killer.

    For well produced movies, the end credits and music is part of the show, a continuation of the experience and appropriate coda for what the movie just accomplished, not a dispensable afterthought. And I might actually want to SEE who did what on this movie right here and now with some degree of appreciation and, dare I say "respect", as the producers intended without having to look it up online later.

    As far as I have found, there is no way in the settings or on-screen controls to prevent this insult to the filmmakers and dismissal of the audience from happening on Netflix. Does anyone else know how to adjust the settings on Netflix streaming so I can watch and read the end credits and enjoy the end credits music as the filmmakers intended? It seems there ought to be a way to do it. After all, I assume my streaming subscription PAYS for my ability to watch the whole movie all the way to the very last of the end credits and not just the portions of the movie Netflix wants to show me until they fire up an ad for another program.

    That amounts to a commercial break and interruption, something I thought my paid subscription was meant to eliminate. Worse, it breaks and interrupts the movie and never comes back to where it left off.

  25. JohnRice

    I hadn't thought about it, but I'm not sure what the last stripped-down Blu-Ray I got was. I think it has been a while. The Hunger Games and Divergent ones had non-HD soundtracks. In the case of missing extra features, I've found they are sometimes on the disc, but the menu won't take you to them. There are ways around that.

    Meaning people have uploaded them onto YouTube or there's some way to unlock them on the rental disc itself?

  26. Colin Jacobson

    Meaning people have uploaded them onto YouTube or there's some way to unlock them on the rental disc itself?

    I was referring to the second one. Sometimes there are extra features or alternate versions of the movie, but the menus have been modified so you can't access them with a player, but they're still on the disc.

  27. JohnRice

    If there is a new release I want on release day, I send a disc back on Saturday, and 98% of the time the new release is sent to me on Monday. .

    That is the one thing that has really changed here in the Piedmont section of North Carolina.
    A year ago,
    if I returned a movie on Monday, I would usually have another one by Wednesday.

    I'm on the 2 Blu-ray discs at a time plan.

    When I look at my shipped date vs arrival date now,
    if I returned a movie on Monday, there would not be a new one in my hand until Saturday.

    It leads me to believe that Netflix is showing little energy here and that the physical disc support is fading away.

    I get discs because of the superior playback. Image quality is extremely important to me. I feel that Streaming will improve in the next few years, but it still pales if you have the demand for the best.

  28. aPhil

    When I look at my shipped date vs arrival date now,
    if I returned a movie on Monday, there would not be a new one in my hand until Saturday.

    No doubt they are closing shipping centers. Did you ever look at the return address to see if it's changed? It probably has. I'm fortunate, being in Colorado, since it's not likely the center in Denver would close unless the entire service goes away. It's logical to keep Denver, even if there were only three shipping centers left.

  29. I don't really think that Netflix is super necessary to subscribe to in order to watch 4K quality. Some online thaters availiable in the internet are doing just fine with streaming series and movies. Legal torrents are famous for reviews on kickass, butI prefer YTS.

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