🔗 Netflix DVDs and the end of an era

Netflix nights still come wrapped in red-and-white envelopes is a lovely post about the people who still get DVDs delivered via Netflix. But the end of an amazing era is upon us:

When—not if—it happens, Netflix will shut down a service that has shipped more than 5 billion discs across the U.S. since its inception nearly a quarter century ago. And it will echo the downfall of the thousands of Blockbuster video rental stores that closed because they couldn’t counter the threat posed by Netflix’s DVD-by-mail alternative.

Pour one out for one of the few business who can truly call themselves “disruptive”. And kind of related… Andrew A. Rosen in The Question Plaguing Connected TV: Who’s Watching?:

About 17% of advertisements shown on televisions connected through a streaming device—including streaming boxes, sticks and gaming consoles—play while the TV is turned off.

Turns out lots of people turn off their TVs but not their streaming boxes, so the thing just keeps playing to no one. Oops.

Rian van der Merwe Elezea // The B-Sides