Now its bad enough that PlayStation Network is down but did it really have to take Netflix with it? The latest PSN outage has brought home a very big point for a lot of people that they probably had never paid attention to up until now. Apparently, to use Netflix on PS3 you need to be signed into PSN. That is what they say anyway. It seems that right now everyone get the notice about Netflix not being able to launch unless your signed in to PSN but some people can lick “Sign-In” a few times and eventually after giving you the error screen it will let you get into Netflix on the PS3. From there you wouldn’t know PSN was down, you can watch movies to your heart’s content with no noticeable lag.
The situation brings a few different questions to mind. The first question is why in the hell do I need to be signed into PSN to watch Netflix. In reality, if my PS3 has an active internet connection I should be able to launch the Netflix app and have it connect regardless to whether I am current logged into PSN or not. The ability to stream your Netflix movies on PS3 was actually a huge factor for some people when they purchased the system. It seems crazy to tie them together and take two services down because one fails. Seems like common sense to me, how about you? Some people seem to think that everyone can follow these instructions and get Netflix to work but judging from comments on this site that isn’t the case. Are you one of the lucky ones?