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Netflix's new app lets you rent DVDs that will arrive in the post

Unfortunately for people based in the UK, the service is only available in the US

Aatif Sulleyman
Thursday 26 October 2017 16:14 BST
A DVD rental from Netflix is seen with the company's website in Medford, Massachusetts July 25, 2008
A DVD rental from Netflix is seen with the company's website in Medford, Massachusetts July 25, 2008 (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Netflix has launched an app that lets you order DVDs, called DVD Netflix.

While this may appear to be a very strange move from the streaming giant, the company actually started out selling and renting out DVDs.

In fact, more than four million customers still use Netflix’s DVD- and Blu-ray-mailing service.

The company launched an iOS app for DVD Netflix earlier this year, but has only just followed that up with the introduction of an Android app.

Like the Netflix most of us are familiar with, the DVD Netflix app lets you monitor what’s trending and search for films and TV shows by categories or filters such as people, genre, and channel.

You can add the physical titles to a queue and rearrange the list depending on what you're most keen to watch.

Netflix will ship the discs in the order they appear in your queue. If your top title isn’t available, it will mail the next available one instead. Shipping can take up to three days.

“When you're done with a title, simply put it back in the red envelope it came in, re-seal it, and put it back in the mail,” says Netflix.

“As soon as we get it back, we'll send the next movie from Your Queue.”

Unfortunately for anyone in the UK who may be interested in signing up, Netflix’s DVD rental service is only open to customers based in the US.

“Now, Android smartphone users can rejoice with the new DVD Netflix app,” said Netflix.

“Whether you're watching movie trailers or hearing about a great show over lunch with a friend, easily add movies to your queue, no matter where you are.”

Plans start at $4.99 per month, and the first month is free.

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