Netflix CEO Reed Hastings sees his company mailing out physical DVDs for at least another 20 years.

Speaking with Peter Kafka of All Things D at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this weekend, Mr. Hastings says that he expects his company to continue to ship physical DVDs through at least 2030.

As for the streaming portion of the business, which is getting numerous new streaming devices this year, it currently has 17,000 different items to be viewed, but they hope to increase it to over 100,000 in the coming years.  One of the steps in that direction has been made with the deal made between Warner Home Video and Netflix to have the rental company withhold new releases from renters for 28 days.  As part of the deal, Netflix gets more content for its streaming service, so don’t be too surprised if you see the company making more deals like this.

Personally we’re surprised anyone can see physical media sticking around that much longer, but it should be interesting to see if he’s correct.  You can also expect Netflix to appear in another unnamed country some time this year.

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