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Netflix Launches a New App for DVD Rentals

Dave Parrack 04-01-2017

Netflix has launched a new app. However, this app won’t let you stream Stranger Things or download TV shows for your commute to work 12 TV Shows to Download Off Netflix for Your Commute to Work Netflix now lets you download content to watch offline, but what TV shows are actually worth downloading? We have found 12 TV shows perfect for commutes of any length. Read More . Instead, this app is dedicated to DVD rentals. Which are, apparently, still a thing. I know, we’re shocked too.


Before Netflix evolved into the streaming media service most of us know today, it started out as a DVD-by-mail company. Netflix has been mailing out DVDs ever since, and despite introducing streaming in 2007, millions of people still make use of the DVD rentals side of the business.

DVD rentals are only available to Netflix users in the U.S., and about 4.2 million people still rent DVDs from the company. Netflix manages all of this through DVD.com, but it has now launched an iOS app designed to make it easier for users to manage their DVD rentals.

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Netflix’s new DVD rentals app lets you browse all of the available DVDs, and easily add them to your queue or share them with friends. You can also find out more about each movie, and have similar titles recommended to you.

The new app also lets you manage your queue, removing DVDs or changing their position. You can also see at a glance which DVDs you have in your possession, and which are en route. Lastly, you can search for titles, or browse by genre or mood.

Poor Ol’ Blockbuster

This time last year Netflix launched its streaming service in 130 countries Netflix Expands Everywhere, Oculus Pricing Causes Rift... [Tech News Digest] Netflix is now available in almost every country, the Oculus Rift will cost you $599, Politwoops embarrasses backtracking politicians, Psychonauts 2 is getting made, and Trevor from GTA V is now selling Old Spice. Read More , making it available almost everywhere apart from China. Which makes the decision to launch an app aimed at a small number of customers in just one country a rather strange one. Leading us to believe DVD rentals are still profitable. Poor ol’ Blockbuster.


Do you still rent DVDs from Netflix? If so, why? Will you be using this new app to manage your DVD rentals? Or are you an Android user annoyed that Netflix has launched it on iOS only? Do you think you’ll ever switch to only streaming? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. joe
    September 29, 2017 at 7:44 am

    The writer of this article is so out of touch with the reality of how big dvd business is. Who watches dvds? LOTS OF PEOPLE! netflix is only a portion of this big business, that includes a giant competitor like redbox. redbox is dominating the dvd, and thats why netflix made this app, to try anything to bring customers back. wake up, dvds arent going anywhere, and praising your inferior-quality streaming service as the death of dvds shows your lack of technological knowledge. video and audiophiles know, go bluray and 4k, or go the f**k home and watch your OLED TV stream like a CRT.

  2. Shaun O'Keefe
    August 18, 2017 at 1:40 am

    I live approximately 60 miles from Sacramento, the Capitol of California, and yet where I live there is no high speed Internet available for streaming. Our Smart TV that might as well be hooked up to an antenna on my roof. None of its features are functional without high speed internet , but that's not an option we have. Lucky for us we can still get DVD'S for dvd.com now that almost all dvd stores have closed. I

  3. Brent H
    July 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Yes, I use DVD.com to get DVDs. And honestly, I don't understand why more people don't do this. Have you compared the DVD library to the Netflix streaming library? It's like the Library of Congress compared to my local library. The streaming service just doesn't have the amount of movies that the DVD service does. Not to mention it takes forever for new movies to be placed on Netflix streaming, whereas I can get the DVD from DVD.com once the DVD comes out in stores. Want to see the new Star Wars movie? If you wait until it comes out in stores, then you can get it from DVD.com, if you only have Netflix streaming, then plan on waiting another year to be able to see it.
    I don't have HBO, but I love Game of Thrones. So, when the newest season comes out on DVD, I get them from DVD.com, but if I only had streaming, I'd still be stuck 3 seasons behind.

  4. sandra morgan
    May 1, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I know that this is on iOS only..... I am streaming and DVD accounts with Netflix and wonder how this app would work with DVD accounts

  5. Rosemary Mossbarger
    April 9, 2017 at 6:32 am

    I still watch DVDs and I think this app would be very useful but I have an Android phone. Is the app available for the Android?

  6. Tim Word
    February 26, 2017 at 12:15 am

    I wish they would just upload the new movies to the streaming service and you just pay the $20 a month fee . But it is cool to have but I will drop the streaming service and just have the DVD service but we will see. I think it will save Netflix money and stop destroying trees

  7. housemouseout
    January 15, 2017 at 1:12 am

    I still rent bc some things are only available via DVD.

  8. NerdShowAndTell
    January 7, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Streaming on your newer tv vs Blu-ray is like putting a cassette player in your brand new car. People pay good money for that new TV, then make it look old with compressed streaming quality.

  9. CJM
    January 7, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Yes I get the DVD's. I'm a truck driver and I can't always get good internet to stream. I can take the DVDs with me, watch them, and drop them in any mailbox. When I get back home there will be a couple more waiting for me! Only wish I could get more than 3 at a time.

  10. NjM
    January 6, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Could you possibly include the Kindle tablets in your review? We use the Kindle HDX for e reader and tablet and love it! Thank you!

  11. MP
    January 6, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I use my Netflix subscription for streaming and Blue-ray rental only. I rent DVD if I need an older title that is unable to stream for students in a class. I have noticed that it takes some time for newly released Blue-ray's to arrive on Netflix if indeed they make the cut. I miss the lack of new music concerts Blue-Ray releases. They seemed to have all but disappeared. There is no substitute for the sound quality of these performances on Blue-Ray.

  12. Heather
    January 5, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Another thing that people don't often consider is that there still are many areas in the country where it is very expensive to even access the internet at home making it financially not possible as most cell plans also have limits. Just because major cities have easy access to the internet does not mean all areas have it. So DVD's are still necessary for some regions of the country.

    • Shaun O'Keefe
      August 18, 2017 at 1:41 am

      You said it!!!

  13. Christopher Cameron
    January 5, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Probably because streaming services don't have movies as soon as they're out on DVD. Not to mention that it helps me consolidate my subscriptions to just both parts of Netflix since they get shows like Game of Thrones. AND where else can I watch good quality old films like Paul Newman stuff. Glad they finally gave us an app. This guy's going to keep his Bluray subscription until they shut it down!

  14. Priswell
    January 4, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Yes, I use Netflix DVDs and I still use email, too, something else that has been declared "dead". I love technology and the latest thing, but I think it is poor form to belittle those that use technologies that aren't the latest thing.

  15. JB
    January 4, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    I really wish you people would get off the "everyone should be on streaming" bandwagon. The jokes are old and nothing more than a sign of privilege that tens of millions of households wish they could have. Then throw the countless titles that aren't available for streaming on top of that....

    Just stop it.

  16. patrick holt
    January 4, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I rent dvds due to most titles on Netflix that can't be streamed when it becomes all streaming video I will stop with dvds