After September twenty ninth, Netflix will not lease DVDs by mail and will probably be winding down that a part of its enterprise altogether. Most individuals could be shocked that the streaming large remains to be even renting DVDs, however if you happen to’re certainly one of its subscribers who’ll be unhappy to see the service go, there’s now one other rent-by-mail choice you should utilize anyplace you might be within the US. Scarecrow, the biggest impartial video retailer within the US, has launched its personal rent-by-mail service that can ship DVDs and Blu-ray discs straight to your door.
The shop first piloted the service again in 2019 earlier than it began engaged on making its library obtainable to folks throughout the nation in the course of the pandemic. As The Seattle Instances stories, it launched a marketing campaign in 2021 to boost funds for an overhaul of its getting older web site, making it extra searchable and giving it a extra trendy look. Now, Scarecrow’s rent-by-mail web site is stay, with step-by-step directions on the right way to avail of the service and a searchable library divided by genres.
To have the ability to lease from Scarecrow, you will want to enroll in an account, which should be verified and authorized by a workers member. After that, you can begin including DVDs to your cart. Titles are priced individually, however transport will price you $12 for as much as six discs. That is discs, not titles, which suggests if one film has six discs, you may’t add extra to the identical cargo. The rental window is 14 days, together with transport, after you can both renew by telephone or pay late charges.
Scarecrow has 140,000 titles in its assortment — comparably, Netflix has round 5,000 titles in its US catalog, in response to CordCutting — most of which you’ll lease by mail. There are exceptions, nonetheless, together with uncommon and out of print movies that require a safety deposit, newly launched films and grownup titles. It additionally would not mail VHS tapes and laser discs, so you will need to go elsewhere for these codecs.