Netflix to Stop Selling Used DVDs
Netflix has been making quite a few changes to the services it offers lately. Most recently, Netflix's Watch Instantly streaming feature--which has been a staple for Netflix customers with Windows PCs since January 2007--is finally making the transition to the Mac platform. Not only will all Intel-based-Mac-owning Netflix customers be able to avail themselves of Watch Instantly streaming by the end of this year, but those willing to put up with a potentially buggy beta-version of Watch Instantly can start using it now by opting in here. Other recent Netflix changes include expanding the Watch Instantly content selections by partnering with CBS Television Network, Disney-ABC Television Group, and Starz Entertainment.
"NOTE: I'd like to clarify that although we will stop selling our previously viewed DVDs on the website after November 30th, this is in no way an indicator of moving away from DVDs. On the contrary, we believe that DVDs will continue to be important for the next five to ten years at least, and are continually adding new DVD and Blu-ray discs to our catalog."
As to what Netflix will do with its used DVDs after November 30, the Silicon Alley Insider reports that a Netflix rep told them, "We sell previously viewed DVDs to wholesalers who then resell them." The Silicon Alley story stemmed from the fact that they spied a vendor selling Netflix DVDs on the street in New York City. So if you want to buy used Netflix DVDs after November 30, you might need to start looking form them at some less traditional venues.