Seems like an anachronism in this day and age, but in my neck of the woods, it’s still got it’s place.
First of all, it’s cheap, about $3 AUD for a new release rental. That’s a bit cheaper than the download places like iTunes. Second of all, it works, every single time. My internet is unreliable, Netflix works maybe 90% of the time. That may not seem so awful, but if you’ve had a hard day and just want to look forward to a film you’ve wanted to see for a while, then the DVD or Blu-Ray is the gold standard, it works practically 100% of the time. When it does not work, it’s because of a scratched disk or something, which means that if you’ve rented 2 or 3 movies, the others will almost certainly work. So far, I’ve had zero failures from my local DVD rental store.
Thirdly, even when my internet does work, Netflix does not really manage the resolution of regular TV, let alone the glory of Blu-Ray, or even upscaled DVD. I’m not a resolution hound, but I don’t really want to see pixels and artifacts. DVD is easily good enough for me, Blu-Ray is overkill, but both wipe the floor with Netflix on my sort of bandwidth.
Don’t get me wrong, that Netflix works at all on 200k a second is a miracle, it’s amazing. I love Netflix, they’ve got a superb product which generally speaking, works on my shockingly poor ADSL line. My reality is though, my internet is not 100% reliable, it’s not 99% reliable, or anywhere close to it. The DVD is.
Hell, I even enjoy the walk over the creek to go browse the selection.