Netflix is really over (renting DVDs and Blu-Rays)

And there you have it, Netflix has definitively ceased its original activity - rental of films by mail order - to concentrate solely on video streaming.

Netflix was born in 1997 but only launched into video streaming ten years later, in 2007. Before that, the American company competed with Blu-Ray/DVD rental stores by sending films by mail to its customers. Netflix was therefore a DVD rental service by mail order… And this, until September 29, 2023.

Talk to Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of Netflix

Indeed, the platform announced last April that it will send its last disc by mail on September 29. An event attended by Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of Netflix who then declared: “Today, after 25 years, we are shipping our last DVD. It was a huge honor to join the incredible DVD team in Fremont this week to thank them for being a part of something that changed people's lives. These iconic red envelopes were so beloved that we mailed more than 5 billion of them to cities and towns, large and small, that otherwise would not have had access to the variety of movies and TV series we made available. Thank you to all our members and employees for these 25 years that made history! »

Netflix has its say

Netflix adds on its official website: "It's the end of an era, but the DVD business has built our foundation for years to come, giving our members unprecedented choice and control, great variety of titles to choose from, and the freedom to watch them as much as they wanted.”