Sure the discs are more expensive, but one theory is that cracked discs are behind the Blu-Ray rate hike.
In life, as in engineering, one thing cannot be overstated: flexibility is important. This is especially true for discs traveling through the mail system without any sort of protective packaging. Seeking reasons for yet another rate increase for Blu-Ray rentals, The Consumerist’s Chris Walters theorizes that the issue may be the large amount of damaged discs.
While at the moment we only have anecdotal evidence to go by, it does seem that Blu-Ray discs showing up damaged is far more commonplace than with traditional DVDs, and the cost to replace one is in most cases far greater. We’ve contacted Netflix to find out more, and are waiting a response.