After 25 Years, Netflix Is Sending Its Last By-Mail DVD This September
"After an incredible 25-year run, we've decided to wind down DVD.com."
Netflix has announced the closure of its original DVD by mail business, DVD.com, marking the end of an era after a 25-year run. The decision comes as Netflix focuses on retooling its streaming offerings, including a new ad-supported plan.
"Our goal has always been to provide the best service for our members, but as the DVD business continues to shrink, that's going to become increasingly difficult," Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos wrote in a statement. The last discs will be mailed out September 29, and must be returned by Oct. 27.
On September 29th, 2023, we will send out the last red envelope. It has been a true pleasure and honor to deliver movie nights to our wonderful members for 25 years. Thank you for being part of this incredible journey, including this final season of red envelopes. pic.twitter.com/9lAntaL2ww— DVD Netflix (@dvdnetflix) April 18, 2023
We sincerely want to thank all of our amazing members. We couldn’t have delivered more than 5 billion envelopes all across America without movie lovers like you. Have questions? Head to our FAQs to get more info: https://t.co/8jTuwuaFun— DVD Netflix (@dvdnetflix) April 18, 2023
After an incredible 25 year run, we’ve decided to wind down https://t.co/6h2lrcGg2b later this year.— Netflix (@netflix) April 18, 2023
To everyone who ever added a DVD to their queue or waited by the mailbox for a red envelope to arrive: Thank you! https://t.co/McxJUlLlGF pic.twitter.com/nBXzgvvv7p
Over the years, DVD.com shipped an estimated 5.2 billion DVDs to its subscribers. The first DVD ever shipped by the service was Beetlejuice on March 10, 1998, marking the beginning of a new era in home entertainment. The most popular title shipped by DVD.com was The Blind Side, a critically acclaimed drama.
Throughout its 25-year run, DVD.com amassed 40 million unique subscribers who enjoyed the convenience and flexibility of renting DVDs by mail. Subscribers eagerly awaited the red envelopes, often patiently waiting by their mailboxes for the next installment of their favorite TV show or movie. But, when 2023 draws to a close--that ritual and those red envelopes will both be relics of the past.
The closure of DVD.com also reflects Netflix's ongoing transformation from a DVD rental service to a global streaming powerhouse, producing original content and dominating the streaming landscape with its vast library of movies and TV shows.
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