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Ah, where have the years gone? Netflix launched more than 25 years ago, and at first the streaming giant both rented and sold DVDs. The company might’ve faded to irrelevance long ago had it not switched focus to streaming in 2007. About four years later, amid backlash over planned price hikes, Netflix said it would spin off its mail-order arm into a separate business, which it (bizarrely) dubbed “Qwikster.” Then, the company changed its mind. In a eulogy on its blog, Netflix pointed to the dwindling revenue it earns via mailed-order DVDs, and said: “To everyone who ever added a DVD to their queue or waited by the mailbox for a red envelope to arrive: thank you.” Netflix’s DVD rental revenue slipped to $100 million in 2022, down from the $200 million or so the company earned the prior year. Netflix’s DVD library featured more than 100,000 titles — vastly more than what the company offers via streaming in the U.S., per aggregator JustWatch. Netflix kisses mail-order DVDs goodbye by Harri Weber originally published on TechCrunch


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