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Old 05-04-23, 10:22 AM
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca
This article brings up some good points on why getting rid of the DVD service is a terrible move and bad for movie fans.
Aren't there copyright issues involved to stream things online?
Maybe Netflix doesn't have agreements with the studios to stream the stuff
they have physically, but not presently available online...
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

But not everything is on streaming so a DVD disc service still has a use and function for a lot of people.
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca
But not everything is on streaming so a DVD disc service still has a use and function for a lot of people.
Who says you're entitled to have access to every movie made? If you can't stream it or rent or buy it then you're just out of luck. It's only a movie.
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Old 05-12-23, 05:53 PM
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

For those still using the service, have you noticed the disc turnaround time has slowed to an absolute crawl since the announcement? It's over a week now, when it used to be just 3-4 days max. At this rate, there's no way I'll clear my 50+ disc queue before September.
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

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For those still using the service, have you noticed the disc turnaround time has slowed to an absolute crawl since the announcement? It's over a week now, when it used to be just 3-4 days max. At this rate, there's no way I'll clear my 50+ disc queue before September.
I would guess that they probably don't have the manpower to turn around discs that they did previously, in addition to buying fewer discs to rent out and not replacing them as they're lost or damaged. Shouldn't be surprising that their service has gone downhill in the waning days of their service.

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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

Originally Posted by Paff
For those still using the service, have you noticed the disc turnaround time has slowed to an absolute crawl since the announcement? It's over a week now, when it used to be just 3-4 days max. At this rate, there's no way I'll clear my 50+ disc queue before September.
I haven’t noticed any change with this. My discs have still been shipping next day. I did report two damaged discs and requested replacements and there’s no sign of the replacements being shipped though.
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

Later this year, Netflix will close the DVD business that bootstrapped it into a company that has a bigger market valuation ($148 billion as of May 9) than Sony, Warner Bros. Discovery or Paramount. By design, revenue from the 25-year-old DVD-by-mail biz has steadily declined over the years, as the company has pushed customers toward streaming. In 2022, Netflix’s DVD business generated $146 million (down 20% from the year prior), which represented just 0.5% of total revenue. The final Netflix DVDs will be mailed out on Sept. 29.
https://variety.com/2023/tv/features...os-1235613965/
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

It seems like the same turnaround or maybe faster now when you return a disc or maybe they have more distribution centers in the Bay Area since Netflix started here.

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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

If you want to see movies like Super Mario Bros or the Fabelmanns you have to watch them on disc since they never ended up on streaming platforms unless you want to use pay per view.
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

The Fabelmans is on Showtime

Mario Bros. is not on disc yet. It just came out on PVOD for $30. It's probably not going to be on Peacock for a few more months since it's still making money in the theater.
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

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The Fabelmans is on Showtime

Mario Bros. is not on disc yet. It just came out on PVOD for $30. It's probably not going to be on Peacock for a few more months since it's still making money in the theater.
I suspect they were talking about the older live action title.
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

The Fabelmanns came out on Showtime in May but on disc on Feb 14 which is a long time to wait.
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca
The Fabelmanns came out on Showtime in May but on disc on Feb 14 which is a long time to wait.
Feb to May is SSSSSOOOOOOO LONG.
Old 06-16-23, 07:46 PM
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

I saw maybe only 3 titles left in my saved que with unknown or future release dates where before there would be 30 or more movie titles.

Sucks now I will just add movies to my Amazon prime que and check occasionally when they are available to rent or appear on streamers but will not buy them on pay per view.
Old 06-19-23, 02:40 PM
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

Yeah, I noticed the same thing. I had a couple dozen titles in my saved queue, which were either old movies that may have gone out of print, or new movies with no physical release date yet set. Now the only thing there is Avatar 2. I guess they figured they weren’t going to stock anything else new, so they just flushed it all.

I guess Jeff and I had the same process. When a movie was in theaters like the new Mission Impossible, I’d throw it into my queue. When it became available, I’d either move the disc up in my queue or delete it and watch it on a streaming service. Now I suppose I could throw it into my Vudu wishlist, but that won’t work for stuff in theaters. I guess I’ll just have to forget about stuff and miss it. (I won’t forget Mission Impossible, of course, but more obscure stuff.)

My service still seems about the same, though. I mail a disc, Netflix receives it the next day and picks the next title, then it takes four or five days to get to me.
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

I did the same and if I saw a trailer or a review in the paper I would add a title to my netflix que or if I saw a star on a talk show promoting a movie I never heard about I would put it in my netflix que.

It would seem old fashioned but writing them down on paper or a word document might be the last resort.
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

There are plenty of other services that can help you maintain a watchlist (including current and upcoming films), like Letterboxd or Just Watch.
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

I was watching the NF disc of the Brie Larson movie Room, but midway through it kept freezing. I noticed the movie was on HBO so I finished it there, but the bonus features weren’t, so I went back to the physical disc and watched them. That seemed to sum up issues with both physical and digital media.
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Old 08-21-23, 08:20 PM
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

Netflix is going to send out random movies from your remaining queue (up to 10) for free before they shut down. I know Alpaca is probably excited since he's probably the only one here who subscribed to the very end.

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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

I'm still subscribed until the end. I clicked the link to receive the bonus discs.
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

Originally Posted by DJariya
Netflix is going to send out random movies from your remaining queue (up to 10) for free before they shut down. I know Alpaca is probably excited since he's probably the only one here who subscribed to the very end.
I never got the email but was able to sign up through the link. In their most recent email they also said you don't need to send back your final discs. I'm thinking that they're just clearing out their warehouses with these extra discs that aren't currently being rented when they shut the doors. It's kind of telling that they'd rather give away these movies than sell this business arm to a competitor who sounds like they were willing to make a very fair offer.
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

"Fair offer" is very subjective.

I doubt they would get what it would cost to gather up the discs and pack them to send to whomever. Just easier to get rid of them this way. No need to count and inventory each one. Plus sort which ones are damaged and scratched to hell.
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I'm referring to Redbox who went public that they were trying to purchase the business but Netflix wouldn't even entertain an offer. Nothing to box up and ship, Redbox could just take over the business. Keep all the warehouses, employees, existing stock, etc.
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca
But not everything is on streaming so a DVD disc service still has a use and function for a lot of people.
This.

I still have about 70 movies on my Netflix queue that are mostly classic or foreign films and none of them are streamable. In a few cases, I would need to subscribe to even more streaming services to see them. I guess I will get 10 of them from the dispersal and see what I get.

Also, I just received a DVD that I already owned, but my copy fell victim to DVD rot. I now have a good replacement disc that I can keep.
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Re: RIP Netflix disc rental service 1998-2023

This is the last week. I sent a disc back today. I hope they ship me one more for the last time before the service ends on Friday.

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