9 Solid Reasons to Subscribe to DVD Netflix

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While Netflix might not be the only streaming service available, it’s arguably the most popular right now.

The company, founded in 1997, continues to make money (how Netflix makes money How Does Netflix Make Money? How Does Netflix Make Money? Netflix is the biggest video streaming service in the world. It serves 190 countries with over 109 million users. And all without ads ruining your viewing experience. So then how exactly does Netflix make any... Read More ), and dominate the streaming space. Although the streaming portion of Netflix gets the most attention, its DVDs-by-mail service continues to provide tons of benefits.

As of August 2018, three million users still subscribe to Netflix’s DVDs-by-mail service. And there are actually sold solid reasons to do so. From a massive library to the convenience of it all, here are nine reasons to subscribe to DVD Netflix!

1. The DVD Netflix Library Is Massive

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The biggest reason to subscribe to DVD Netflix is its superb selection. While Netflix’s streaming service offers a large (but ultimately dwindling) collection of movies and shows, there’s much more available on physical disc. Many new releases hit dvd.netflix.com well before making their way to the streaming service.

Where DVD Netflix truly shines is with its catalog of older flicks and independent films. 2018 indie sci-fi gem The Endless is only available to rent on disc, as is comedy Half Magic. If you want to watch classics such as Planet of the Apes, Saving Private Ryan, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, you’ll need a DVD Netflix subscription.

You won’t find many obscure titles such as Koyaanisqatsi, 1978’s The Legacy, and the tragically underappreciated biopic Basquiat on streaming services. Even many recent releases such as Murder on the Orient Express, Annihilation, and Hereditary aren’t on Netflix Streaming. Ultimately, if you want the largest selection of films available to rent, the DVD Netflix catalog boasts the most variety.

2. There’s No Need to Rely on the Internet

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With DVD Netflix, no internet, no problem. Although most of us can rely on having an active and fast internet connection all of the time, there are many situations where it’s not available.

Maybe there’s a service outage, you’re traveling, visiting a friend, or staying with your not-so-great aunts who don’t even have a computer or Wi-Fi. Whatever the reason, its lack of reliance on a stable internet connection makes DVD Netflix a fantastic option.

3. Get Discs Delivered Straight to Your Door

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Getting a DVD from Netflix is as simple as adding it to your queue and waiting for it to show up in your mailbox. Unlike Redbox, you don’t have to venture out in public. The convenience is unparalleled, only bested by streaming services.

Similarly, returning a Netflix DVD requires merely resealing the disc in its included return envelope and putting it back in your mailbox. I’ve got to say it’s pretty enjoyable receiving something other than bills in the mail.

4. Blu-rays Are Available for HD Rentals

Though DVDs may be upscaled, they’re not going to look as crisp as a full 1080p or 4K Blu-Ray. Thankfully, DVD Netflix offers a high definition Blu-Ray subscription. This starts at $5.99/month for one disc out at a time, and two disc exchanges a month.

Upgrade to the $10/month package for one disc out at a time and unlimited exchanges. For $15/month, you benefit from two discs out at a time and unlimited exchanges, and for $20/month you’ll be able to rent three discs at a time. Essentially, for the cost of one Blu-Ray purchase, you’ll be able to rent multiple movies each and every month.

5. DVD Netflix Is Very Cost-Effective

DVD Netflix plans begin at $5/month for one disc at a time and two exchanges to $20/month for its top-tier option of three Blu-Rays at once and unlimited exchanges. Even if you only rent four movies a month on one of its unlimited plans, you’re seeing a huge return on your investment. Whether streaming or DVD rentals, we think Netflix is well worth the money Is Netflix Worth The Money? Is Netflix Worth The Money? There are more people who don't subscribe to Netflix as those who do, and that swathe of the population wants to know if they're missing out on anything. Is Netflix worth the money? Read More .

I’m on the $12 monthly plan of two discs out at a time with unlimited exchanges, and rent around four to eight movies each month. That’s the equivalent of $1.50 to $3 per rental, far below what you’ll pay on average for digital rentals.

Even with the highest-priced plan, you’re paying basically the price of one Blu-ray purchase or a trip to the cinema for limitless rentals. Plus, you can always opt for a joint Netflix DVD and streaming plan, although these are listed separately. Of course, you can cancel your Netflix subscription How to Cancel Your Netflix Subscription How to Cancel Your Netflix Subscription Why would you want to do such a crazy thing? But okay, fine. If you really want to cancel Netflix, we'll show you how. Read More at any time so you’re not locked in.

6. Use an App to Manage Your DVD Queue

Just because DVD Netflix uses physical discs doesn’t mean it’s behind the times. Like its streaming counterpart, there’s a mobile app for managing your queue. The DVD Netflix app for Android and iOS allows you to manage your DVD queue on the go. It’s a useful feature which simplifies staying up to date with the current DVD Netflix library.

Download:  DVD Netflix for Android | iOS (Free)

7. Gain Access to DVD Extras

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If you’re a film buff like me, you enjoy geeking out over DVD extras such as deleted scenes, commentary tracks, and storyboards. Streaming-only services often lack such amenities. For those that only care about the feature film, streaming movies on Netflix is fine, but for making-of featurettes, behind-the-scenes videos, and more, you’ll need a physical disc.

Fellow DVD extras fans should also consider subscribing to FilmStruck A Guide to FilmStruck, the Netflix for Classic Movies A Guide to FilmStruck, the Netflix for Classic Movies With Netflix focusing more on original content these days, there's a gap in the market for a service that streams classic movies. FilmStruck is here to fill that gap. Read More , a streaming service with a focus on classic cinema.

8. There’s Virtually No Competition

Streaming services abound, from comprehensive platforms like Netflix and Hulu to niche sites such as Shudder. However, this diversity is absent in the DVDs-by-mail space. There aren’t really many DVD Netflix alternatives.

As virtually the only DVDs-by-mail provider, DVD Netflix is well worth the cost. With a bevy of streaming sites, including many other free streaming services The Best Free Movie Streaming Websites The Best Free Movie Streaming Websites If you want to watch movies legally and for free, you have lots of options online. Here are the best free movie streaming sites... Read More , dvd.netflix.com is in a unique position as virtually the exclusive provider of a servive focused on physical media.

9. Read the DVD Netflix Blog

Ok, so you can totally take advantage of this without subscribing to DVD Netflix. But the DVD Netflix Blog is a veritable treasure trove of information, from what’s coming soon to its roster of discs, to round-ups of the best kids’ books-turned-movies, and genre analyses.

Via its social media channels like Instagram and Twitter, DVD Netflix regularly gives away swag, and there’s DVD Chat hosted on Twitter, where film fiends can talk cinema. Overall, DVD Netflix truly fosters a sense of community.

Physical Media Is Still a Thing!

Streaming may reign supreme as the most popular content delivery system, but physical media still has many benefits. Accordingly, DVD Netflix is totally worth the price of a monthly subscription. And if you don’t have a DVD player, check out this list of the best region-free DVD players.

Whether you exclusively stream your movies these days, or still maintain a DVD Netflix subscription, you can learn more about the company in our ultimate guide to Netflix The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix This guide offers everything you need to know about using Netflix. Whether you're a new subscriber or an established fan of the best streaming service out there. Read More !

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    July 30, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    As most people know that follow Netflix, they took their first major loss of subscribers and profits recently. Principal reasons why? They aren't listening to their customers. They don't publish subscriber reviews, they now offer a basic thumbs Up vs a thumbs Down vs the 5 Gold Star Review.

  2. Michelle
    May 7, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    I opened my netflix account in 2003 and I still have a large dvd que (and we rotate dvds weekly). I opened a streaming account in 2013 and that has good sized que as well. There is so much available on DVD that isn't available to stream - on any streaming service. As someone else commented, not all discs have the extra content, but that's fine since streaming has no extras included. Until everything is streamed and available to all without having to subscribe to multiple services I will continue to rent dvds.

    • Chris
      September 12, 2019 at 3:52 pm

      I can only stream about 5% of my Netflix queue. That's why I keep the dvd/blu-ray service. It's all about selection.

  3. Robert E Koernke
    February 2, 2019 at 11:28 am

    The writer mentioned that he loves the extra on DVDs and Blu-rars. But unfortunately, often rental titles from Netflix are the dumb-down version of the disc. Meaning they are legally able to reburn a disc just for rent that only has the movie on it. No extras. And a massive amount of copy-protection included. When you try to look on the disc to see what extras are there, they will appear to be there, but then it says you must get the real copy to view them. Sometimes even the audio on blu-rays in not 'Dolby Atmos' and/or 8ch or it is something dumbed-down. I've seen this less as of late. Lions Gate Titles were the biggest offenders. Do not quote me on this, as I'm not the expert. One of the reasons I still go for Blu-Rays as opposed to streaming, is because the Audio is so much more impressive then streaming!
    Another commentator above mentioned 4K. Redbox is experimenting right now with 4K Ultra discs. But Netflix has not started yet. Obviously I imagine it will at some point.

  4. Mike
    February 2, 2019 at 1:38 am

    I just started with them. I can't seem to find 4K discs. I tried the search, but it came up empty. I tried to call them, but I got a busy signal both times.

    • Robert E Koernke
      February 2, 2019 at 11:42 am

      Redbox has started doing 4K Ultra discs but Netflix has not started yet.
      you can find articles about how they are thinking about it.

  5. Alice F.
    December 26, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks so much for this article. I got a Netflix gift card, and with my old TV and limited tech setup, I was afraid I wouldn't get much benefit from it. But knowing I can still get DVDs by mail the old school way, I'm really excited now!

  6. likefunbutnot
    September 6, 2018 at 1:51 am

    I still get discs. Some content I want just isn't available other ways, even from the staggering libraries of pirate sites, particularly for documentaries and fine arts material. I actually use the discs component of my Netflix subscription more than streaming, but that has more to do with crummy interfaces and limited collection of non-original titles than anything else.