I am one step closer to cutting the cord. Last month, after nearly a dozen years of DVD home delivery, I switched to a streaming-only Netflix account. I joined Netflix in November 2005, before streaming was available, originally opting to have three DVDs available at once at home. Back then, I joined because I really hated due dates, especially from the then very popular home video rental giant BlockBuster. Where is BlockBuster now? (Hint: Netflix bought them)
I searched through my email archive to see the milestones in my Netflix account changes. I added Blu-Ray discs as a preferred format in 2008 and I believe the “instant watch” or streaming plan became available in 2009. In 2011, I changed from three to two DVDs at home at once, not wanting to give-up my ‘life-line’ to non-streaming movies and television shows.
Last month, my attitude changed because a couple of series I wanted to watch were not available via streaming nor physical media from Netflix or my local library. Specifically, The Man in the High Castle, only available through Amazon Prime, and The Handmaid’s Tale, only available through Hulu. Continue reading “A Dozen Years of DVD Home Delivery Ends”