It’s hard to believe that there are now generations of movie watchers who will never experience the delight of watching physical media. Remember the time when videos and DVDs were king and you were almost always disappointed by the empty Blockbuster shelves on Friday night? When the idea came along that you could get the movies you wanted, delivered by mail, it was a revolutionary concept.
Over the coming year, we're going to celebrate the last 20 years of great films and the ability to watch what you want, when you want.
Each month, we'll be bringing you new behind-the-scenes footage, customer stories, fun facts, and articles about the movies you have loved over the years. For example, guess what the first movie we ever shipped was? It was on March 10, 1998, and you wouldn't dare say the title three times in a row. (Yes, it was Beetlejuice!)
Take a look at the first in our series of six videos about the inner workings of DVD. What is the real story behind the start of Netflix?
Most Popular DVDs On Netflix By Year
Could you guess the most rented movies from each year since we started? Those early years were filled with magnificent films that pushed the envelope. Check out the 20 Most Watched Movies by release year. Then read about how Office Space spawned a generation of shows that essentially brought our Dilbert moments to the screen. Or how did Saving Private Ryan change how war is presented on film? And why do people find themselves loving The Big Lebowski?
At the heart of this celebration is you—our loyal customers. We recently had the pleasure of giving a tour to some of our customers of our Northern California headquarters and hearing their stories in person. For some of you, we are the only way you like to watch movies and TV shows (and you've rented hundreds of them!). For others, you have your own personal movie quests, like hosting ‘Worst Movie Nights’ or watching every best picture ever made.
Here's a challenge: do you remember your first movie ever shipped?
#DVD20: What Did You Rent?
All of us here at DVD have appreciated the chance to deliver over four billion movies and TV shows to your home. We hope you'll enjoy celebrating with us this year - we have a LOT more stories and fun to share, so get out your popcorn!
Check out our dedicated page for the anniversary for more videos, or keep an eye on this blog for more posts and insight. And drop us a line on social media using #DVD20 to let us know what you rented in the last 20 years. We can't wait to hear your story!