SCEA today announced that the PS3 system is the first system in the gaming market to get the latest version of the Netflix application for instantly watching movies and TV episodes as well as the only system to add a full title search capability. The search functionality is available now to all users who currently subscribe to Netflix and own PS3.
Netflix subscribers can access the service via the PS3 system through a free, instant streaming Blu-ray disc which I am sure all you current Netflix subscribers already have. Once within the application users simply enter a few letters and select the title they are looking for – they can begin watching their desired content in seconds. Other consoles, in contrast, require Netflix subscribers to boot up their laptop or PC, go to the Netflix Web site, enter a search string, add the desired movie or TV show to their queue, and then go back to their console to choose and play that content. Sony also confirmed something that we first reported on out of Netflix latest earnings call which is that very soon PS3 Netflix users will soon be able to access Netflix via a native application in the coming months, making that troublesome disc a thing of the past.
“The key to the PS3 system’s early access is support for our Continuous Improvement Architecture,” said Bill Holmes, vice president of business development for Netflix. “The Netflix application on the PS3 system gets updated by Netflix so easily that we can deliver frequent upgrades with the latest improvements to PS3 owners.”