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PS3 Is "World's Most Popular Device" For Netflix Viewing

When it first launched, Sony said they wanted the PlayStation 3 to become a fixture of the living room.

Well, it appears the system has done just that.

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) and Netflix, Inc. have announced that the PS3 "is now the primary development platform for Netflix and is the world's most popular device for viewing movies and TV shows from Netflix on a television." That's a pretty impressive achievement, wouldn't you say?

Said SCEA CEO and President Jack Tretton:

"The PlayStation and Netflix communities both share a strong passion for high quality entertainment. Netflix provides a fantastic experience for watching TV shows and movies on PS3, and our joint development will continue to produce innovations for our customers that further demonstrate PS3 as the true home for entertainment in the living room."

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings added that the PS3 "even surpassed the PC in hours of Netflix enjoyment to become our No. 1 platform overall." He went on to say Sony's console is a "natural fit" for Netflix in regards to developing and initially deploying the most advanced features. The free PlayStation Network helps a lot, too; it means anyone can sign up for Netflix with a connected PS3. Currently, Netflix has 30 million streaming members globally and is the world's leading Internet subscription service for watching movies and TV shows.

The PS3 was the first gaming console to support Netflix with full 1080p video resolution and 5.1-channel Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. So, when's the last time you used Netflix on your PS3?

Tags: ps3, playstation 3, netflix, sony

12/4/2012 11:37:47 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (37 posts)

Killa Tequilla
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 12:06:10 AM
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I use HBO GO instead (Boardwalk Empire), on XBOX. I have Netflix as well, but I use HBO GO more. I just hope it comes to PS3. I have to admit, Netflix picture quality is better on Ps3 than XBOX. The colors look better, can anyone back me up? Even the HBO GO app needs some improvement. For some reason on XBOX - streaming HBO GO and movies on Netflix, everytime theres a scene with water like a river or the ocean the quality suffers.

I would use Netflix more if there were better movies on it. If anyone knows some good ones, feel free to post your movies in a reply :)
Anyway, the last time I used Netflix was today.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 12:25:45 AM

Hobo With A Shotgun

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Xombito
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 1:54:15 AM

Yeah, that one. /\_/\_/\

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karneli lll
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 11:13:43 AM

Memento

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 12:42:49 PM

Oh yeah, bring up the BBC series "Sherlock"

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WYO1016
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 3:21:44 PM

I agree with your point on HBOGo. Fantastic service that should absolutely be on the PS3. I've got HBO On Demand from DirecTV, but it would be nice to be able to stream episodes rather than download and watch them.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 12:19:17 AM
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I had Netflix on the PC but cancelled it a few years ago since I own most of the stuff I wanted to watch anyway.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 12:25:32 AM
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I use it all the time, it was great to find anime on there.

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KingRed
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 1:54:26 AM

World I agree with you but I think I watched all the anime thats on there already. It takes forever for them to add new anime.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 3:15:40 AM

If all you want is anime, there are plenty of websites that let you stream and watch them for free. Netflix's selection really isn't that great compared to how it used to be unless they've really stocked up since I left.

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gumbi
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 9:32:16 AM

I would watch anime on Netflix. They have several of my favourite's in their library, and a handful that I'd like to watch. But 90% of it is English dubbed, with no option for Japanese audio and English subs. Man, that's just doing anime fans a disservice. I just can't do it. There are very few English dub's I can stand to watch.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 12:41:44 PM

Well sometimes when I watch anime I'm not entirely sober and it helps a great deal to not have to read.

And Netflix is a great way to test stuff to see what I like too, (then I can just google "More like so-and-so" to locate even more greatness online. But it takes a great deal of effort to download it, recode the mkv to mp4 and then put it on my PS3 so I like to avoid it when I can.

Would be nice if they had more stuff on there, but considering I expected absolutely none it's pretty good.

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gumbi
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 6:28:52 PM

Haha, nice World. And boy oh boy do I feel your pain on the file conversion nightmare. Well, used to feel it anyway. Because of the colossal pain in the ass it is to always download, re-encode, and embed subs to MP4's for PS3 I finally sucked it up and built a cheap HTPC and stuffed it in my entertainment unit. Now I have no file conversion issues, ever. Just download and watch, done. I use my HTPC for Netflix too, so I only use my PS3 for games these days.

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firesoul453
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 12:29:30 AM
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Thats awesome! Most my friends use the ps3 primarily but if I had to guess I would think it would be pc.

I personally plan on never ever ever ever ever ever using netflix again.

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Saber1989
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 12:50:13 AM
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I live in Canada, so the selection on Netflix is limited, but it's a great way to find some hidden gems like Twin Peaks, Misfits, anything of Joss Whedon, Sherlock, etc..
Still use Netflix, but hopefully the selection continues to grow here, been watching Being Human today.

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gumbi
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:54:09 AM

If you're willing to pay an extra $5 a month you can subscribe to a service like UnblockUS. They give you access to a US DNS so you can watch all the US Netflix content. They offer a free 1 week trial too if you want to check it out.

I use this service and it's great. I noticed though that there are a handful of shows and movies that we have in Canada that are not available in the US. So I wrote a couple little batch files that I keep on my desktop to toggle back and forth between the Canadian and US DNS settings and then launch Netflix.

I use my HTPC for Netflix, but you can manually change the DNS setting on your PS3 as well. It's just more time consuming to switch back and forth for Canada/US content.

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kraygen
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 1:00:03 AM
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I watch a lot of netflix and I watch it on my ps3 in my living room and my ps3 in my bedroom. I like the layout better than the pc, I already have a remote, and it loads quickly and has a great picture.

So this doesn't really surprise me, kinda adds a little proof that there are actually more ps3's in homes than xbox's.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 1:45:15 AM

... or a proof that the PS3 is more often used as a media box than the x360. :)
I got two friends who exclusively use their ps3 as a blu-ray player - and now for Netflix (it was just recently launched in Norway).

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xnonsuchx
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 3:58:20 AM
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I tried a free month several months back, but most of what I was looking for wasn't available in HD (if at all) and I kept running across stupid problems with their TV listings (eps not included in the right season group, mis-numbered seasons, etc.) that were apparently that way for several months because of the problems being mentioned in the comments well in the past. Left me w/ a very poor impression of Netflix.

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___________
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 4:09:57 AM
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but is that really something to be proud of?
do you want people to buy your gaming console to play games, or to watch movies?
its like ferrari coming out waving their d*ck saying were the most used vehicle to listen to music out of.
yea, people spend 500K+ on a ferrari so they can listen to their music, just like people spend 300+ bucks on a ps3 so they can watch movies!
exactly whats wrong with this industry, there more interested in giving us useless sh*t we dont need than offering us things we do.
things the systems were made for!

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Beamboom
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 4:21:39 AM

It's not useless if it is being used?

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rogers71
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 9:23:35 AM

Once again '________' is so out of touch with reality it should amaze me but it doesn't anymore.

I know several people that have no interest in games but still purchased a ps3. Initially it was for the bluray player but since they have added netflix, they use it for that. So in closing, if Sony can sell PS3's to people that have no interest in gaming.......how in the hell is that a bad thing? You need to step back and think about things before you post. Good grief.

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___________
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 9:32:57 AM

take your own advice bub.
why purchase a ps3 for netflix when devices the person probably already owns can do it?
everyone has a smartphone these days, or a tablet, and everyone even has some sort of PC.
so take your own advice and step back and think about things before you post.
oh and dont forget games is where $ony makes most of their money, so selling a ps3 to people who will never buy games for it is pretty much a wasted system for them.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 11:55:10 AM

"________" must not of thought out his post before he typed it in.

There is nothing wrong with the PS3 being the #1 Netflix device and the positives are far, far to many to list.

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rogers71
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 12:46:22 PM

@___________, the people that I was referring to do not own a smartphone or a pc. A ps3 is actually cheaper for them than getting a monthly smartphone bill or getting a pc so once again, you post before actually doing just a little amount of thinking.

Even if they never buy a game it is still a win for Sony. I don't understand how you can sit back and justify saying that someone buying a ps3 for the bluray player or Netflix is useless to Sony. I will put it this way. Mcdonalds or Burger King don't give a flying rat's a** what you do with their food once you buy it just as long as you bought it. Use your brain please.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 2:08:50 PM

Underline, you really think that a smartphone or tablet can provide the same experience as watching a TV series on your TV in the livingroom? I mean, really?

These kind of features only makes your product more attractive, *also* as a gaming console. One can only speculate what Vita could have been today, had it been more than just a gaming portable. It would not have made it less of a gaming machine, but it *could* have made it more attractive to the buying public if it had more to offer. At the very least, it wouldn't have hurt.


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Huey
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 5:51:57 AM
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I use Netflix and I have an Amazon prime account, so between the two, I can pretty much watch what I want. I also have a large blu-ray collection. The games are primary, but the ps3 is for me an entertainment console.

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ProfPlayStation
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 9:38:58 AM
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Too bad Netflix ruined their PS3 app back in March, and are continuing to ruin the rest of the platforms where they do business. Soon after they started cutting off the credits on everything you watch, so that you have to re-select the program you're already watching in order to finish it, I canceled my subscription. I just canceled it again, after a "come back" free trial. They've made it even worse in the meantime.

When Netflix realizes that not all of their customers are "flee the theater so you don't have to know who directed the movie" types, I'll be back. Don't even get me started on the extra annoyance of trying to finish watching any anime to the end, or TV shows which have things happening during every single ending credit sequence. According to Nexflix, that's nothing I need to see.

All that's needed is a simple checkbox OPTION to turn it off, but that is a four-letter word to Netflix. No options, ever.

So, no, I don't use Netflix on PS3, or anywhere else. Not any more.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 12:46:12 PM

Good for you, looking up those credits on imdb is too much work, stick to your principles.

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rogers71
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 3:01:07 PM

Personally, I watch netflix on my S3, my bluray player in the bedroom, my pc and my ps3. Out of all of those, I like the PS3 interface the best. I wouldn't say Netflix ruined anything. I understand your preference for wanting to watch the credits but you are being a little extreme in my opinion.

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ProfPlayStation
Thursday, December 06, 2012 @ 7:33:57 AM

The point is that Netflix should not interrupt their programming--and should not automatically play things without being told to do so. That's why I had the service in the first place, to enjoy movies/tv without commercial hassling and on my schedule. Once or twice is not that bad, but slamming out of the program the split second that a credit (or what it thinks is a credit) appears, every time on everything is irritating beyond belief.

Netflix needs to get it through their skulls that people can handle ticking a checkbox on their Web site to turn a feature on or off. They ruined their service for me, and so they get no more money from me. I can happily watch DVDs and BluRays without Netflix, where someone won't yank the screen away at some random moment.

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Crabba
Thursday, December 06, 2012 @ 9:05:38 PM

Really? That's pretty crazy.. I haven't used Netflix in a long time so I haven't seen this, but why would they cut off the movie/show when the credits roll?? If you don't want to watch the credits, it's very easy to just click out of it to skip the credits, so why would an option even be necessary.

Like watching say Seinfeld or Married with children, and not hearing the end credits theme song, that's just nuts..

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daus26
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:27:40 AM
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Not sure how positive this is, but it's positive for sure. I just want Sony to be really successful with the PS3 so that they can continue with Playstation for on and on in the future. It seems they're really struggling outside of gaming.

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pillz81
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 4:40:36 PM
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Since My Fatty PS3 bricked I am watching Netflix on the Vita until I get it fixed.

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jugheadjones
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 9:29:14 PM
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I don't like Netflix myself, but my wife subscribes to it. She has a Wii, but prefers to watch it on my PS3. She watches it constantly. It does work really good. It also works surprisingly well on my Vita and 3DS. I really didn't think it would be a big deal on a console, but it has made a nice transition.

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DjStiv3
Thursday, December 06, 2012 @ 4:29:48 PM
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yup im always watching netflix on it either that or call of duty now with a secondary ps3 i can move that downstairs preferably and play all other games on my primary ps3

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VampDeLeon
Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 10:43:26 PM
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Though my free trail ended, it was nice watching it over my PS3. Best thing was any messages I got, I didn't have to worry about losing my current movie/episode just to reply.

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