Netflix on PS3 Megathread!

Jan 28, 2009
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If you are looking for more video download options on your PlayStation 3, you will likely have an additional service via mass online rental company Netflix. In a recent interview with Reuters, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said he’d like the video service available on all systems, not just the Xbox 360.

Microsoft has an exclusive deal with Netflix right now, but Hastings believes the video rental service will be available on all systems.

Eventually he sees the service coming to portable devices like the iPhone, however; the company is focusing its efforts on consoles and Blu-ray players, and Internet TVs.

“Eventually we want to be on all the game consoles, all the Blu-ray players, all the Internet TVs,” he said. “So we are working in parallel with all of those efforts. Currently our Xbox deal is exclusive and we haven’t characterized it more than that.”

Hastings joined the Microsoft board of directors in March 2007. As for when the video service will arrive on the PS3, it seems unlikely it’ll be any time soon as Hastings did not give a specific timetable.
 
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Illiciter

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Business wise it doesn't make sense except for the fact that that the netflix CEO is in bed with Microsoft sitting on their board of directors.

How long that lasts probably depends more on how long microsoft continues to give him a reach around.
 
Jan 28, 2009
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I think it'll be great for those who have netflix and no 360. I recently streamed a movie and it had pretty good quality for being a streaming movie and it was in DD 5.1
 
Apr 17, 2009
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Netflix announced for PS3 in U.S. next month

Sony America has announced that Netflix access will be winging its way to PlayStation 3 owners across North America from November 2009.

The service, which is also available for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console, allows PS3 owners to stream all the latest TV episodes and movies to their games console, with existing customers in the U.S. who own a PS3 able to snap up the service at no extra cost. A specialised Blu-ray disc is required to stream content, which will be provided free of charge by the rental company.

“The PlayStation 3 system has always been about more than just gaming, and it will soon be the only platform in the industry to offer consumers such a variety of convenient options for enjoying movies and TV shows,” beamed SCEA boss, Jack Tretton.

“Whether you want to watch content on Blu-ray disc and DVD, download it from the PlayStation Network’s video delivery service, or stream videos instantly from Netflix, the PS3 system is the only solution that offers it all.”

Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix, added, “As instantly watching movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix becomes an increasingly popular way to enjoy the Netflix service, our goal is to rapidly expand the devices that stream to our members.”

“As a leading game console and Blu-ray disc player, bringing Netflix to the PS3 system is a real win for both Netflix members and PS3 system owners.”

Europeans, meanwhile, will have to make do with the forthcoming Video Store service, which will be rolled out from next month.
 
Jan 29, 2009
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Netflix Discs for PS3 Shipping Out!

Netflix streaming discs arriving tomorrow

Netflix is starting to send out emails to users notifying them that their PlayStation 3 Netflix streaming disc is set to ship today and arrive in mailboxes tomorrow. We recently learned Netflix was coming soon to the PS3, and now it appears we don’t have much longer to wait.

You can still sign up to get your free Netflix streaming disc here. An embedded solution should be available next year, which means you won’t need one of Netflix’s Blu-ray streaming discs. Until then, you’ll have to use the free disc to stream Netflix’s catalogue.
 
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Netflix streaming headed to Canada this fall

"Finally!" We have to imagine that's what millions of Canadians are shouting at the top of their lungs this morning, as Netflix announced plans to launch a streaming-only service in America's northern cousin sometime "this fall." That said, French Canadians take note: the service will only be launching in English, with a French option to follow "over time."

So will the service be accessible through Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii, as it is in the US? According to the announcement, "Canadian Netflix members will be able to instantly watch a broad array of movies and TV episodes right on their TVs via a range of consumer electronics devices capable of streaming from Netflix, as well as watching on PCs and Macs."

A Netflix representative told Joystiq this morning, "We're not announcing the Netflix ready devices until the service launches, but it's fair to assume that several popular, brand name devices will be capable of streaming from Netflix to TVs at launch – in addition to the ability to watch instantly on computers -- and that we'll add to the family of devices over time."

While the service doesn't launch until this fall, interested Canadians can head over to the Netflix Canada website right now and sign up for ongoing, (presumably) more specific notifications about when "streaming instantly" will go live.
Here's the Canadian site if you want to sign up to be notified!
 
Apr 17, 2009
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A new version of Netflix heading to PS3 before October

A new version of Netflix is heading to the PlayStation 3, according to CEO Reed Hastings. During the company’s Q2 2010 financial call, Hastings said that the movie and TV streaming service on PS3 will soon not require a disc.

Currently you must use a disc to stream Netflix content on your PS3, but the online video rental service will soon offer instant streaming to Sony’s console.

Hastings said that the update will occur “before our next [earnings] call in October,” with a new version of the interface that will not require a disc.

Netflix, and the addition of Hulu, offers PS3 owners some decent options for streaming movies and TV shows directly to their consoles.
 
Apr 17, 2009
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Netflix Watch Instantly title search flips on for all PS3 users

Via Engadget


Being tied to a disc hasn't made for the easiest Netflix Watch Instantly experience on the PlayStation 3, but it has its benefits, and now that includes the ability for all users to search its library directly on the console. This feature's been available to some for months before it was even announced the Xbox 360 would get parity in a fall update, but we can confirm it's currently rolling out to all PS3 users. It should automatically update the next time you're watching, so just slide left from Instant Queue on the top bar to live the glorious life of title searching that you deserve.