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), 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
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
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
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.
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 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.
7. Gain Access to DVD Extras
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 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, 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!