Netflix announces upcoming PS3 streaming service

For those who are unaware, Netflix is a great service for renting movies over the Internet, saving the time and hassle of visiting the video store. The service is available for computers, Microsoft's Xbox 360, and as announced today, the Sony PS3, which will be compatible starting next month.

In a press release posted earlier, Netflix revealed the news, stating that the service will be available at no extra cost for those already subscribed. According to the press release, "watching movies instantly streamed from Netflix via the PS3 system will be enabled by a free, instant streaming Blu-ray disc that is being made available to all Netflix members." Of course, you'll need to be connected to the Internet on your PS3 for this to be possible.

If you'd like to sign up to receive Netflix notifications about the service and request a free instant streaming Blu-Ray disc, feel free to check out the official website to do so.

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This is the major reason I will never give up my 60gb. I has everything and I can always upgrade the hard drive if space becomes an issue.

Einlander said,
And now neither does the 360, or havent you heard microsoft stopped trying to make the games work?


At least some of the games from the original Xbox work. On new PS3s, NO PS2 games work.

i'm thinking they might be adding a custom ui since they are mailing out a blu ray disc to add compatibility. seems odd to not just use a dvd, unless it's to prevent non blu ray owners from getting a hold of the data. don't care either way, i'm already signed up for the disc!

turns out it's going to be accessed through bd-live, hence the "need" for the blu ray disc. from what i've read a more full featured app should be out afterward, but the initial offering will be bd-live.

lothodon said,
turns out it's going to be accessed through bd-live, hence the "need" for the blu ray disc. from what i've read a more full featured app should be out afterward, but the initial offering will be bd-live.


It seems that by using the disc method is the only way to get around the exclusive agreement on 360. I doubt we will see anything other than the disc method for quite some time.

Hopefully the PS3 browser is good enough to browse the Netflix website so that we can add movies and shows to our queue from the console. A custom interface or portal for the PS3 would be better, though.

That it does. It's still useful for some quick things, especially when the computer is in another room. And I actually looked at the press release. We will have an interface for such . Also reserved a disc.

I am guessing Sony Pictures will let Netflix open up the Sony movie line to the PS3 users now, and still keep the block on 360 owners. <g>

RawGutts said,
I am guessing Sony Pictures will let Netflix open up the Sony movie line to the PS3 users now, and still keep the block on 360 owners. <g> :)

I really hope Sony Pictures opens up their catalog for the 360 now. It was just wrong to "remove" the titles from Netflix on the 360.

This is quite cool for the US Crowd..

But us poor Kiwi's we don't even have VidZone yet...

We need this kinda Service in NZ too Sony.. Take note I'd use it...

Kiwi's Want Streaming Movies too... Happy to pay..