Netflix Silently Stops Saturday DVD Deliveries to Customers to Save Money

Netflix has stopped delivering DVDs on Saturday through the mail
Although there was never an official announcement from Netflix, the company has stopped shipping DVDs to their customers on Saturdays, according to information on their website. The Netlix page says, “Netflix generally processes shipments Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.” According to Engadget, ending Saturday deliveries started to be phased in a year ago, and completely ended in early June, 2014.

The move has the potential to save the company as much as 10% on shipping costs each year, according to analysts who worked out the possible cost savings to the company last year when the US Postal Service (USPS) was considering cancelling Saturday mail service. Ultimately, the USPS decided not to cancel Saturday mail service.

Apparently the company made the change without anyone noticing the change in service. It didn’t come to light until an online Netflix community noticed the change. This isn’t the first time Netflix has made a change without letting customers know about the change with an announcement.

For Netflix, the move makes sense. It’s much less expensive to have customers using their streaming service than the DVD service, and the DVD service has been shrinking as more customers choose streaming over snail-mail delivery. It would actually be a positive for the company if more people cancel the DVD service on this news, as long as they replace it with the streaming option and don’t quit the company completely. Still, this doesn’t likely forecast the end of the DVD business at Netflix. DVDs are still a profitable part of the business, and they will continue to be supported as long as it remains profitable.

Still, for those who have slow Internet access and rely on DVDs through the mail to watch their shows, the end of Saturday service can be frustrating. The move means there can be as much as a two day wait before a DVD goes out when an order is placed, and could mean a fewer number of DVDs arriving each month due to the extra day with no shipping.

(Photo courtesy of Michel Ngilen)

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2 Responses to Netflix Silently Stops Saturday DVD Deliveries to Customers to Save Money

  1. Jeremy says:

    You would have thought that Netflix learned their lesson when they tried to split the DVD and streaming business. This looks like another one for Hanlon’s Razor.

  2. BRIAN says:

    IT IS STILL BETTER THAN RAISING RATES. THE DVD END IS DECREASING DUE TO STREAMING AND REDBOX. FRANKLY, THE DVD SELECTION IS AMAZING FROM NETFLIX COMPARED TO ANY OTHER RENTAL COMPANY.

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