Netflix: We're a streaming company more than a DVD company

Netflix announced its quarterly earnings yesterday, and while I think we can all agree that a good old fashioned Q3 forward-facing financial statement is generally the bee’s knees, this one is even more interesting than usual: According to the CEO’s statement, “by every measure we are now a streaming company … a majority of our subs will watch more content streamed from Netflix than delivered by us on DVD.”

Anyone who’s burned through the DVDs of a show and raced to the mailbox to get the next disc of, oh, say, The Wire can attest to the fact that streaming is definitely the way to go, especially for watching TV shows. (It’s normal to watch every episode of Better Off Ted in a three-day span, right?) As the streaming catalog expands, and as more TVs become Internet-enabled, the physical DVDs become less and less important for ye olde Netflix. The streaming-only subscriptions can’t be too far off.

Are you still using the DVDs, PopWatchers? Or has the same copy of Zodiac been sitting on top of your TV for like, a year, because you never bother to send it back because you just stream everything?


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  • Julia

    I had a DVD delivered on September 29. Still in the envelope. But when I was sick yesterday, I burned through 8 episodes of Law & Order SVU on streaming. I wish they had a streaming-only option, but then I’d also wish for a better selection of streaming content.

    • allie

      The Hurt Locker has been in my possession siince mid-September. But I burned through Bones Season 1 in about 2 weeks.

    • Rick

      I wish they had more content available for streaming.
      Their app for my iPod touch has been the best creation known to mankind.

    • AG

      I win. I’ve had the Informant since June. I’ve streamed all of Veronica Mars, two seasons of Dexter and two of 30 Rock in the last month.

      • Gretchen

        30 Rock is great! I never watched it before, but out of curiousity started to when I saw it was available for streaming. So glad I did!

      • Rick

        Ditto on Dexter, but Seasons 3 & 4 are not available for streaming.
        What gives?

      • JESQ

        Seriously, what is the deal with not being able to stream Dexter S 3 & 4? Does anyone know if that is ever going to happen? I find it really annoying to get Blu Rays of TV shows–I’d much rather stream!!

    • Nicole

      We just got Netflix last month in Canada, and there is no DVD option at all. Which kind of sucks, because while the streaming option is great, the selection is nowhere close to what it needs to be yet. Can hardly get any shows that aired last year, and so many movies I searched for were unavailable. Free trial ends tomorrow, and not sure I’ll sign up until the selection gets better.

      • rae

        i just put my canadian netflix on hold, but i’ll likely cancel. the selection is just terrible and it isn’t worth it at all.

  • inkedlawyer

    Eastern Promises has been sitting on my counter for nearly 4 months. In the meantime, I have easily streamed 10 movies, and tons of cartoons for my son…



    • Bernice

      You should watch Eastern Promises. I got it through my Netflix and its a pretty good movie.

  • Nick

    I’d pay double what I am paying right now for an option to have everything “stream-able” on Netflix.

    • djk_3

      nick works for netflix

  • jen

    definitly watch more streaming then the discs, but at the same time I increased my discs out to 3 at a time because it killed me to just be able to watch 1 disc of a tv show at a time. now they just need to expand their liberary for instant. I still rent the obsure movies that i can’t find instantly or in my 1 local rental store.

  • kathyl

    I am absolutely in love with Netflix, I mostly watch tv shows streaming & use dvds for newer movies that aren’t available on streaming, I like having both options

    • Dede

      Me too! I watch movies on dvd and streaming through my xbox on the bigger tv, and watch tv shows while I’m on my treadmill through my wii.

      • Bufy

        That’s exactly what I do–watch TV shows through my Wii on my treadmill. Perfect!

  • Sara

    I love their streaming option – especially since I just realized they have Buffy the Vampire Slayer in its entirey. I’ve been also watching Pushing Daisies and Better Off Ted. I don’t have cable, so between this and Hulu, I get my tv fix.

    • Leslie

      I just started watching Buffy on streaming too, love it. I watch way more on the instant streaming, but until everything is in the streaming catalogue I will still get some dvds too.

    • Renee


      Not only are all three of those shows my favs – I actually signed up for Netflix because I wanted to watch BtVS. I streamed all 7 seasons, but ended up buying the box set anyway.

      • Rachel

        I just did the same thing with Angel! Streamed all 5 seasons and then bought the box set. Streaming is wonderful.

  • julesmn

    This issue I have with streaming TV shows, is the DVD has extras (bloopers, commentaries) that the streaming copy doesn’t have. If that ever changed, I might stop getting the DVD’s.

  • jodipo

    I still get some new releases on blu ray, but for the most part I stream. Honestly though, I am a bit concerned with the streaming right now. There are less quality films being released for streaming, and they have actually lost content. the first 4 seasons of Lost for instance, and about 10 movies I had in my instant queue. They need to keep their streaming availability up, and not just a bunch of old b movies.

    • katie

      sometimes things are available for streaming only for a limited time; occasionally those things will stream again.

  • Josie

    I have an equal balance of streaming and mailed DVDs. I prefer TV shows streaming, but movies via mail.

    • elizs

      Ditto what Josie said.

  • Nick

    The majority of my watching is streaming, and frankly, I’ve streamed a lot this week since it went to not needing a disk to watch it on my Wii. True Blood was the main use of disks, and since HBO is starting their own service, they aren’t going to be streaming on Netflix anytime soon. I do a few obscure movies via DVD, too.

  • K

    They don’t have all the movies streaming. Will they eventually have newer movies streamed online? My next 10 movies in my Q aren’t available for streaming. Will this change?

  • Carol

    Streaming is the way to go. Netflix needs to get more variety on the choices it gives you to stream. We have an xbox360, PS3 & a Wii. DVDs are obsolete, but we can’t get current movies for streaming.

    • RandyL

      DVDs aren’t obsolete. That’s what I watch because streaming for me isn’t an option. Until everyone is able to/can afford to be wired then DVDs are the only option.

      • Mike

        of course the ideal situation is to be wire”LESS” :-)

  • ana

    I still use the discs as most new releases are only available in disc form. I also use the discs because of the blu ray, and some streaming titles are not available in high def. Most streaming is also not subtitled in english for the hard of hearing, or spanish for those in our household that do not speak the language. If Netflix manages to correct all these issues, I might let the discs go.

    • JEP

      Wireless Sony headphones did the trick for me.

  • Jeremy

    I’m still rockin’ the old Bunny Ears, no internet either so I just watch whatever comes on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and the CW…one of these days we’ll get internet (and then a tv) that will let us stream…until then I’ll keep rockin’ the 35 inch CRT with the old rabbit ears on top.



      • RandyL

        Well, maybe he’s connected from work or is on WiFi at a coffee shop. Just ’cause he’s on doesn’t mean he’s at home.

  • Michelle

    Streaming things is still problematic on my ancient computer so DVDs are still the way to go for me.

    • JEP

      Get Roku or Apple TV.

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