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9 Solid Reasons to Subscribe to DVD Netflix

James Hirtz Updated 24-03-2020

Netflix was founded in 1997, continues to make money, and dominate the streaming space. However, while Netflix’s streaming service gets all of the attention, Netflix’s DVDs-by-mail service continues to provide tons of benefits.

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Millions of users still subscribe to DVD Netflix. While much smaller than its streaming service, Netflix rentals have their own advantages. From a massive library to the convenience of receiving movies in the mail, here are some 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 of films. While Netflix’s streaming service offers a large (but dwindling) collection of movies and shows, there’s much more available on a 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 physical media, 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 available to stream on Netflix. Ultimately, if you want the largest selection of films available to rent, the DVD Netflix catalog boasts the most variety.

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

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If you subscribe to 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 DVDs 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. As such, Netflix’s DVD service offers unparalleled convenience, 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.

4. Blu-rays Are Available for HD Rentals

Even with upscaled DVDs, 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. You’ll have access to picture quality six times that of a DVD.

Are you a sound buff? Remember that Blu-ray offers an upgrade there as well. You can sit back and enjoy Dolby Digital DTS-HD Master Audio or Dolby Digital 7.1 from your home system.

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5. DVD Netflix Is Very Cost-Effective

When looking at Netflix’s DVD plans, there are are two options. The standard Netflix DVD service costs $7.99/month. This plan lets you have one disc out at a time, unlimited discs per month, no late fees, and free shipping and returns.

The premier plan priced at $11.99/month lets you have two discs out at a time. You’ll also receive all of the other DVD Netflix benefits.

The price goes up to $9.99/month and $14.99/month if you want to include Blu-ray discs in the mix.

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. And if you change your mind, you can stop paying at any time in the same way you can 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 .

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6. Use an App to Manage Your DVD Queue

Just because DVD Netflix uses physical discs doesn’t mean it’s behind the times. Its diversification is just one part of how Netflix makes 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

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 that 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, you probably 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 itself, streaming movies on Netflix is fine, but for making-of featurettes, behind-the-scenes videos, and more, you’ll need a physical disc.

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 stands apart from the competition. With a bevy of streaming sites, including many free movie streaming sites The Best Free Movie Streaming Sites Are you looking for the best free online movie streaming sites? Here's where you can watch free and legal movies at any time. Read More , DVD Netflix is in a unique position as the exclusive provider of a service focused on physical media.

9. Feel Connected with Movies

While you don’t have to be subscribed, these benefits will make you want to watch more movies. The DVD Netflix Blog offers 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 analysis.

Via its social media channels like Instagram and Twitter, DVD Netflix regularly gives away swag. There’s also DVD Chat hosted on Twitter, where film fiends can talk about 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 media player, check out this list of the best region-free players for DVD and Blu-ray.

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 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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  1. EDWARD D HAGERTY
    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.