Happy 8th Anniversary, Netflix!
On April 14, 1998 NetFlix Inc., started the world's first online store to offer DVD rentals.
At the time it opened, Netflix carried more than 900 DVD titles, which was every DVD available. They rented titles for a period of seven days, at a rate of $4 or $5 + shipping and handling. The DVD format had been around for about a year, and there were only 400,000 DVD players sold in America.