Despite debuting on Xbox 360, PS3 is now Netflix's lead platform

In 2008, Microsoft announced that it would add an app that would allow users of Netflix's streaming video service to access it via the Xbox 360 console. Before then, Netflix's streaming service was restricted almost exclusively to PCs. The success of the Xbox 360 Netflix app led the company to expand its platform reach to smartphones, set-top boxes, DVRs, DVD and Blu-Ray players, and, of course, many more game consoles.

Today, over four years after the Xbox 360 app was launched, Netflix announced that its "largest TV-connected platform in terms of Netflix viewing" was the Playstation 3 console from Sony, which added Netflix support a year after the Xbox 360. Indeed, Netflix stated, "This year, at times, PS3 even surpassed the PC in hours of Netflix enjoyment to become our No. 1 platform overall." Specific numbers were not revealed.

The official Netflix blog also points out that the PS3 Netflix app was the first one that offered 1080p video resolution as well as 5.1 channel Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. The blog also revealed today that the company is working with Sony to add voice command features to the PS3 version. This new addition, which has the code name "Max" is currently being tested.

It's likely that the main reason that Netflix has a bigger audience on the PS3 is because it allows its users to access Netflix just by paying the regular monthly Netflix subscription fee. In order to access Netflix on the Xbox 360 console, you have also pay for Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold service in addition to the Netflix subscription. So far, Microsoft has not given any indication that it will allow its free Xbox Live Silver members access to Netflix or its other streaming video services.

Source: Netflix blog | Image via Netflix

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"To all that said paying Xbox live on top of Netflix must have serious problem prioritizing. First of all paying for live is for multiplayer online, but..... On top of that that you could enjoy Netflix, Hulu, amazon etc etc. So the Netflix is a BONUS!!! get it..."

This is nonsense. Netflix is an independent service that MS doesn't pay for. Charging people to use it on the Xbox is pure profit. You can't compare to multiplayer gaming for which MS has to maintain servers.

Well what do you expect when you have to pay twice for the ability to use it? This plus the dicks in charge demanding a game appear on xbl first or not at all. There are a few games I'd like to try that are on psn but they'll never be on xbl because of such policies.

ps3 its better do not require to pay twice, its not brainer.... ps plus give advantages to its userbase while gold its a mandatory service charge....

eilegz said,
ps3 its better do not require to pay twice, its not brainer.... ps plus give advantages to its userbase while gold its a mandatory service charge....

you are twisting what I said. Let me give u an example. Is it wrong for dish or cable as part of requirement in order to et HBO?

can ps3 or Xbox play HBO without cable subscription?

minster11 said,

you are twisting what I said. Let me give u an example. Is it wrong for dish or cable as part of requirement in order to et HBO?

can ps3 or Xbox play HBO without cable subscription?

cable service suscription bring you a certain channels, you can watch it on whatever TV you can connect on your cable device.....

Some allow you to watch it on "specific device" like espn go on pc.... but on xbox 360 for you to make it work you have to pay M$ gold suscription and Netflix suscription.....

eilegz said,

cable service suscription bring you a certain channels, you can watch it on whatever TV you can connect on your cable device.....

Some allow you to watch it on "specific device" like espn go on pc.... but on xbox 360 for you to make it work you have to pay M$ gold suscription and Netflix suscription.....

Sound like Xbox live to me, which gold subscription lets u multiplay like cable tv. Lets not forget u also need internet for both console. From what I understand u do understand the concept

minster11 said,

Sound like Xbox live to me, which gold subscription lets u multiplay like cable tv. Lets not forget u also need internet for both console. From what I understand u do understand the concept

sure you need internet for both but cable tv usually come with internet or you can specifically choose only cable tv (at least here in my country)....

the xbox its a device to access content from other providers, if microsoft its hosting netflix service (which its not) and everything run through their xbox live service that would be the case that i would pay. paying twice make no sense and more if microsoft its not the content holder.

Its like i open a business and for my customers to enter to my business they have to pay the security guard... and once they enter they pay me for whatever they want to buy.... That its nonsense.

To all that said paying Xbox live on top of Netflix must have serious problem prioritizing. First of all paying for live is for multiplayer online, but..... On top of that that you could enjoy Netflix, Hulu, amazon etc etc. So the Netflix is a BONUS!!! get it...

In other words, if anyone want to multiplay then it's a no brainer.

To all that said paying Xbox live on top of Netflix must have serious problem prioritizing. First of all paying for live is for multiplayer online, but..... On top of that that you could enjoy Netflix, Hulu, amazon etc etc. So the Netflix is a BONUS!!! get it...

In other words, if anyone want to multiplay then it's a no brained.

Probably has more people watching Netflix on the PS3 because there are no good games on the PS3. So in return everyone watches Netflix.

Microsoft definatly needs to stop the gold model milking. This worked for them when Sony's PS3 wasn't a vallid alternative. Sony has catched up with Live and is currently providing a a similar experience much cheaper. I do doubt that Sony will keep it this cheap in the next cycle but eve nif they arent making a profit, they're very competitive. Hopefully Microsoft understands they have more to lose by sticking with the model then by leaving it.

I hate the new xbox netflix metro interface. plus having to have gold. I just got Wii U and it is awesome so far for hulu and netflix. Im ready for xbox to revert back to a game console and not so bloated.

Well of course nobody is using Netflix on their 360. On top of paying $7 for Netflix, you also have to pay money for Live as well. Who wants to pay TWICE when they can pay ONCE and use it everywhere else?

Heck, I can even watch Netflix on my 3DS and not have to pay a second sub fee.

I want a statistic of how many XBox users have XBox Live Gold, have launched the netflix app within the past month and launched less than 2 games in the same month that utilize XBox Live Gold features (read: how many people are wasting money).

Let's see. Almost 70 million systems and NO CHARGE to use apps & services? Xbox won't let you do anything without paying for the Live Gold service.
Doesn't the PS3 version boast 7.1 sound as well? And that whole Blu-ray player thing?


It's bloody obvious the reason is the Gold sub. Stop making excuses for Microsoft.

They are the only ones who charge a premium for free or already subscribed services.

The majority of people will get access to these services elsewhere and this proves it. There is no conspiracy or laughable excuses like app quality or they are playing games instead, speaking of which did you not read the PR recently, Xbox Live users watch a lot of media on their Xbox, only fact they missed, a third at best of the userbase has Gold access.

Something else my PS3 gives me over my Roku... hard-wired network connection. Everything in our house is wireless... it really taxes our wireless router and we were having signal issues with the roku (and the PS3, wireless)... plugged the PS3 in and it has been smooth sailing ever since. Love it.

To me its Netflix that has gone down hill, not really their app on xbox. It got better with last update (ya negotiating HDCP at every episode/movie was a bad idea). But its no surprise PS3 is ahead. Isnt it free to use on PS3? On xbox you have to have a Gold account.

It's likely that the main reason that Netflix has a bigger audience on the PS3 is because it allows its users to access Netflix just by paying the regular monthly Netflix subscription fee

Or perhaps it is the crappy Netflix software on XBox
Or perhaps it is Netflix has more competition on the XBox among the Xbox videos, Amazon Instant Videos, etc.
Or perhaps it is because people are busy playing games with their XBox.
Or perhaps it is John, once again, trying to conflate two unrelated items to point the finger at Microsoft for the failings of a 3rd party provider and get a few more ad clicks. Unfortunately, I fell for it.

nohone said,

Or perhaps it is the crappy Netflix software on XBox
Or perhaps it is Netflix has more competition on the XBox among the Xbox videos, Amazon Instant Videos, etc.
Or perhaps it is because people are busy playing games with their XBox.
Or perhaps it is John, once again, trying to conflate two unrelated items to point the finger at Microsoft for the failings of a 3rd party provider and get a few more ad clicks. Unfortunately, I fell for it.

Or perhaps it is just better on the PS3?

nohone said,

Or perhaps it is Netflix has more competition on the XBox among the Xbox videos, Amazon Instant Videos, etc.

PS3 also offer's youtube, amazon instant videos, hulu, crunchyroll, and Vudu apps.

Probably because Media center and the video library are there allowing you to share videos between the pc and xbox very easily?

I wonder why this is. The 360 is generally more popular than the ps3 isn't it? I have both systems and haven't even bothered to load up Netflix on the ps3.

I think it's more that PS3 netflix is free whereas you need to pay for xbox gold.
If you're not using your xbox for gaming, why the hell in the world would you pay for gold!?

n_K said,
I think it's more that PS3 netflix is free whereas you need to pay for xbox gold.
If you're not using your xbox for gaming, why the hell in the world would you pay for gold!?

This right here is the exact answer as to why its more popular on ps3. I own all the systems and currently my live subscription lapsed and I am waiting on a deal to get it but netflix won't work without having a gold account which is ridiculous because you pay for netflix seperatly.

n_K said,
I think it's more that PS3 netflix is free whereas you need to pay for xbox gold.
If you're not using your xbox for gaming, why the hell in the world would you pay for gold!?

And as I saw on Reddit, generally, while you pay subscription on xbox, they still serve you ads... while on PS3 does not happen. Why you get xbox in the first place? If I had to chose, certainly I'd go with PS3. In my country PS3 is first with great difference.

And the sad part is, Netflix on the PS3 about a year ago was SOOOO much better. Like, night and day better. It's not bad, but it isn't the former glory it used to be.... Kind of like comparing Disneyland to Sixflags. Both great, but we all know where the real magic is

shakey said,
And the sad part is, Netflix on the PS3 about a year ago was SOOOO much better. Like, night and day better. It's not bad, but it isn't the former glory it used to be.... Kind of like comparing Disneyland to Sixflags. Both great, but we all know where the real magic is

Netflix on roku FTW.

uberlaff said,
That's because the Xbox Netflix App is absolutely horrible. I try to avoid it at all costs.

Works fine for me. The Xbox/Netflix combination is now our primary media channel.

Leopard Seal said,

Works fine for me. The Xbox/Netflix combination is now our primary media channel.

it used to be good until their last update when it started playing back media automatically. horrible. I stopped using it then and going to my roku instead. Netflix should fire the UX designer of their 360 app. clearly they don't get it.

neonspark said,

it used to be good until their last update when it started playing back media automatically. horrible. I stopped using it then and going to my roku instead. Netflix should fire the UX designer of their 360 app. clearly they don't get it.


The autoplay 'feature' is far and away the biggest PITA when it comes to the Xbox app. It's unique to the Xbox version and I refuse to believe nobody in the room during design objected to it. Anyone with half a brain could figure out that you go to a series to see the available episodes, not to autoplay whatever episode is queued based on factors that are not always relevant.

Even the Windows 8 Netflix app doesn't make this mistake. Frankly, if the Xbox app got an upgrade to function more like the W8 metro app, it would blow all other STB experiences out of the water.

Even the old Windows Media Center add-in is a better experience than the Xbox Netflix abortion.

neonspark said,

it used to be good until their last update when it started playing back media automatically. horrible. I stopped using it then and going to my roku instead. Netflix should fire the UX designer of their 360 app. clearly they don't get it.

Whoever sets auto-play videos, I just refuse to use/visit it again. It's like the company thinks you are a will-less, besotted creature that will be sitting on the couch for hours seeing whatever they want to serve you... Truly pathetic.

I don't have xbox, but I know what is.

Well duh, PS3 is basically a Blu ray player. Blu Ray + Netflix + DVD + Games + Free Online, why wouldn't it be the leading entertainment platform?