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In the previous couple of years, the relative reputation on DVD Netflix of expensive-to-stream TV exhibits elevated considerably. Essentially the most rented exhibits at first of the 2010s had been the Showtime serial-killer drama “Dexter” and the HBO vampire drama “True Blood,” although HBO’s fantasy heavyweight “Sport of Thrones” dominated a lot of the decade after its arrival on DVD in 2012.

Once we requested Occasions readers to inform us about their days as Netflix DVD subscribers, I discovered that these discs had been lifelines for individuals in every kind of conditions — simply as they had been for me throughout the pandemic.

DVD subscriber since 2006, after I moved to a rural space from a big metropolis and missed the artwork homes I patronized. I used to be stunned by the particular collections like ballets, overseas movies and BBC stuff. — Joan, Salem, S.C.

My husband and I had a DVD subscription to Netflix whereas we had been stationed in Germany from 2004-7. They’d ship the discs via the USPS to our army postal packing containers. — Nina Grant, Denver

In the event you stay in hurricane nation as I do, the insurance coverage of getting just a few DVD motion pictures at hand for when the cable service goes out is peace of thoughts, identical to the whole-house generator that may energy the TV and DVD participant. — Fern Bugg, Wilmington, N.C.

Within the early years, I spent about half of every 12 months in Antarctica. This began earlier than streaming companies, and as soon as they got here alongside, we wouldn’t have been capable of stream motion pictures anyway, resulting from bandwidth points. It took a very long time for every new DVD to reach, however it was higher than rewatching all of the previous VHS tapes we had on station. — Andy Younger, Talkeetna, Alaska

Final month, I went to see Scorsese’s new film, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” at an indie theater. The ultimate disc of my marathon, the somber “Silence,” had lengthy since been returned, but I nonetheless had Netflix on my thoughts. The power within the room felt like a throwback to a different time: Right here was a big-budget drama from a distinguished director enjoying to a sold-out viewers on the Brooklyn Academy of Music. However the epic was produced by Apple and sure to be considered by many audiences via that firm’s streaming service, which is banking on the film to draw new subscribers. The movie was debuting in a moviegoing tradition reworked by streaming and, by extension, Netflix.

In that method, watching “Killers of the Flower Moon” in a theater felt slightly like going to an ailing mom-and-pop video retailer when Netflix’s DVDs-by-mail enterprise was ascendant: It was an act undertaken since you liked the expertise, and since you weren’t certain how lengthy it will be accessible.

Sitting within the theater, just a few weeks after Netflix’s DVD service had formally ended, alongside different individuals who had trudged within the rain to see a Scorsese film on opening evening, our crimson envelope days felt each far-off and really shut.