As a Netflix customer, this is very close to my heart because while I love the idea of being able to access my Netflix from my PS3 I hate having to use a disc to do so. It’s really all about convenience, if the Netflix disc is in the system, then a gaming disc cannot be and so it just becomes cumbersome to do that every time I want to watch a movie. For me at least, it has caused me to just not instant stream as much, but with the new native application all that goes away.
Sony today announced that streaming from Netflix will be available on the PlayStation3 as a native application in the United States on October 18, 2010. Instantly watching movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix on the PS3 system previously required an instant streaming disc, and now PS3 system owners will have the added convenience of enjoying videos streamed from Netflix directly from the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) menu. Additionally, the PS3 system will be the first consumer electronics device to support 5.1-channel surround sound on movies and TV shows streamed from Netflix.
Several new enhancements are coming to the Netflix experience on the PS3 system that will make watching your favorite movies and TV shows better than ever. PS3 system owners with Netflix memberships will receive all of the new features at no additional cost to their Netflix monthly subscription.
- Movies and TV shows from Netflix will be accessible from PS3’s XMB menu under a new Netflix icon under the Video category. To access Netflix, PS3 owners will need to sign-in with their PlayStation®Network account.
- Support for Dolby Digital Plus 5.1-channel surround sound will enable users to experience premium-quality audio.
- A new user interface, including the recently added search functionality, will deliver a much richer and faster browsing experience, making it easier to find the specific titles you’re looking for or to discover new content.
- Some movies and TV shows will be viewable in 1080i resolution, offering an enhanced visual experience as more consumers adopt HDTVs.
- The amount of time to start playback will be improved.
- An increasing number of movies and TV shows will be viewable with subtitles or alternate audio tracks.
Netflix has been available since November 2009 to U.S. PS3 system owners who are Netflix members and since last month to Canadian PS3 system owners when Netflix launched the service in Canada.