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SCEA: Netflix Confirmed For PS3

Sony wants you to see the PlayStation 3 as a complete home entertainment platform and if you're a movie buff, you can't afford to miss out on what Sony's machine provides.

Why? Well, besides the obvious benefit of Blu-Ray, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Netflix have announced they are forging a partnership that will bring thousands of films and TV shows from Netflix into your homes via the PS3. Netflix plans to start streaming in the horde of content (at no additional cost to Netflix members in the US) some time next month, so this new service is right around the corner. You can read the announcement and the full press release at the PlayStation Blog; it's bound to give more consumers yet another reason to purchase a PS3 this holiday season. With the user base of the PS3 growing to 9 million units in the US this year and over 11 million Netflix members, this seems like a logical and ultimately beneficial fit. For only $8.99/month, Netflix gives you access to unlimited movies and TV episodes, so there's no surprise it's one of the most popular services available today. Said SCEA president and CEO Jack Tretton:

"The PlayStation 3 system has always been about more than just gaming, and it will soon be the only platform in the industry to offer consumers such a variety of convenient options for enjoying movies and TV shows. Whether you want to watch content on Blu-ray disc and DVD, download it from the PlayStation Network’s video delivery service, or stream videos instantly from Netflix, the PS3 system is the only solution that offers it all."

At first, PS3 owners will need a special "instant streaming Blu-Ray disc" that will be free and made available to all Netflix members. This disc "leverages Blu-Ray's BD-Live technology to access the Internet and activate the Netflix user interface on the PS3 system." Want to get a jump on the fun? Feel free to sign up now and be ready to download to your heart's content in only a few weeks time!

10/26/2009 10:16:30 AM Ben Dutka

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556pineapple
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 10:36:45 AM
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360 loses another exclusive option. Awesome! But I live a block from a Family Video so I probably won't be utilizing this right now. Perhaps in the future.

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zee
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 3:41:01 PM

If ME2 makes its way to PS3 with more content and if Sony introduces the highly-demanded cross game voice chat, these should be final nail in 3fixme's coffin!

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Zorigo
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 @ 5:22:47 AM

im waiting for it to get good for EU.

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kreate
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 @ 3:47:15 PM

doesnt the ps3 already have netflix? maybe not in the same way the 360 has it, but ps3 does have it.

*arent some of u guys also on youtube and talked about this so called "exclusive" (netflix) numerous times?

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bridgera
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 @ 6:04:46 PM

You'd have to screw with a program like pay $40 for PlayOn and install an OS and do some more b/s to actually watch Netflix on the PS3.

It shouldn't be that much of a pain, that's why ppl are excited.

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kreate
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 @ 7:18:51 PM

whatever happened to netflix info from this article?

http://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/2568.html

*i just download movies and stream it on ps3 or use a usb to move the movie file to the ps3
**u can use stagevu.com and download movies straight to ur ps3 HDD

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napoleon85
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 10:37:27 AM
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YES! These news have made my day. PS3 keeps getting better.

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mexgeo86
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 10:40:30 AM
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Awesome! Maybe it's time to upgrade the DSL line to a faster connection...

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Jawknee
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 10:42:32 AM
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Wonder what this will do to the psn movie sales. I may sign up an stop renting from the psn altogether. Too many psn time outs.

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napoleon85
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 10:49:19 AM

Netflix's library has older titles, while PSN is mostly about new releases. Also Netflix's targets people who watches movies on a constant basis, while PSN doesn't. And regarding PSN timeouts... well, I sincerely don't know what that is since I never get them.

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Jawknee
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 12:03:43 PM

I've been having issues lately trying to download files that are 2gb or bigger from the PSN. Probably my Internet service but no one knows for sure.

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Orvisman
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 12:10:03 PM

Your Internet service because I don't have those problems with Fios.

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Diggity Dan
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 2:48:43 PM

Jawknee,

Did you ever ask Sony cust service about those?

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chucknasty
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 8:57:02 PM

when you get your internets delivered in horse-drawn cart it will occasionally timeout:)

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 @ 12:30:04 PM

Diggity, I called them. Their psn techs said it's my equipment and ISP. I switched over the weekend. They are coming to day so well see if Sony is right. I was getting "up too" 7mbps with qwest dsl. Comcast said I will get 16mbps with them. So maybe that will make the difference.

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frylock25
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 10:43:03 AM
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this is pretty cool, i like that sony keeps on going forward with this system. i really cant imagine what the PS3 will be like in a few more years.

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Mujy786
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 10:43:41 AM
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o well, good for the USA but UK still waiting.....

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sobleck
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 10:50:00 AM

yeah, my thoughts exactly, at first I was thinking pretty cool, then i read that it would be availabel to about 9 million ps3 users, then i read a little closer and saw that it was a USA exclusive as Netflix apparently doesn't have the rights to distribute digital media here in the Uk/Europe and their counterpart lovefilm doesn't seem to be on the ball game over here.

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Titch1794
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 12:20:42 PM

Not fair :@

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ohmikkie
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 1:32:32 PM

I'm sure there will be something soon.

I've got BT vision and the selection still tops XBox's UK offerings so I wouldn't hold your breath.

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fundando
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 10:55:13 AM
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Awesome news. As soon as the update happens I'll be a netflix subscriber again.

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Cavan
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 10:59:17 AM
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well arnt us uk lot meant to be getting the movie store come 1st of november.. thats what am hopin for anyway.

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bigrailer19
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 10:59:20 AM
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yea im not going to subscribe to net flix til this happens, but when it does im on it!

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sonic1899
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 11:05:46 AM
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...and ANOTHER microsoft deal bites the dust. why the hell does microsoft feel the need to make its exclusives temporary?

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coverton341
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 11:13:59 AM
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Now I can honestly say I have absolutely no reason to pay 50 dollars a year for Live anymore. Netflix was the only reason I had been using the gold services for a while anyway as I do all my online playing on the PS3.

Looks like it is the 360 for the few must play exclusives and the PS3 for everything else.

It only does everything, and a little more now.

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maxpontiac
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 11:30:27 AM
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"It only does everything." Sony's advertisements weren't lying..

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Highlander
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 3:16:59 PM

Not sure this is limited to PS3, I think it's a BD-Live application that will run on BD-Live enabled devices.

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MyWorstNightmar
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 11:35:16 AM
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Is this really a good thing? I thought the library of movies is rather old that Netflix allows you to stream. I've heard that this is a popular service, but really, I don't know why, if the movies have already been around for awhile, what is the point? I must be missing something... somebody clue me in on this please????

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bigrailer19
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 11:44:08 AM

i think what you are referring to is play on... which lets you stream from your pc to your ps3 i blv, and has a list of older titles, and some new titles. i tried the beta and would have continued on considering play on offers alot of dif. features but is a little steep in price. but yes you are right from what i seen the list of movies from net flix that play on offered was older ones! still good ones though!

this is something entirely dif. and is straight from net flix. if you are a net flix subscriber then you can take advantage of having netflix on your ps3 via to start an instant streaming disc you use to access netflix database of movies! this means any movie netflix has to offer any tv show net flix has to offer you can take advantage of and instead of waiting for it to show up in your mail box can download or stream it to your ps3!

what im curious about is will there be movies i can download in hd?

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Jojoman
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 11:49:47 AM

... the point is just because you've seen certain movies, doesn't mean that everyone else has.

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bigrailer19
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 12:01:24 PM

well yean and again i will say netflix doesnt just offer old movies! they offer new releases as well, and what im hoping is this will resolve the "being on a list" and having to wait for new releases to show up in your mail box! im hoping that well be able to dl, or stream new movies as well.

the problem i always had with net flix was id put a check next to a movie i wanted like 2 months b4 it even came out, in my little que of movies i had. but then the movie wouldnt show up for like 2 months after it was released im guessing becus of high volume of people wanting that same movie! hopefulyy this resolves alot of the issues ive had with net flix! all in all this is a good thing!

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MyWorstNightmar
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 12:01:54 PM

Jojoman, while what you say is true, however, do old movies get you excited? To make this a relevant feature, you need new releases, not just a library of old movies.

And I could be wrong, as I am a PS3 owner, not a 360 owner, and I am not familiar with the Netflix service. But if they are going to charge 9 bucks a month, I want new releases. Just saying...

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bigrailer19
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 12:17:26 PM

apparently you didnt read what i had said! which is fine, but for $8.99 a month through netflix you have unlimited new, old, movies and tv show rentals.

now what i wanna know is if this is true for the PS3. i know you can get any movie available through net flix mailed to you. but are they going to offer any movie new or old immediatley for download? i would assume so considering the instant streaming disc, is like access to there database! but we'll have to wait and see i guess!

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MyWorstNightmar
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 12:37:04 PM

bigrailer, I did read what said. I do understand the concept of Netflix mail rental, and I myself do the Blockbuster by mail, so I am familiar. What I was questioning, and from what I read from you, that you are not totally clear on it either, is whether or not the streaming aspect of it is going to be for new releases. If it is, then I would be rather interested in this, but I thought I remember somebody telling me that uses it on 360 that it is for movies that have been out for rental for months, nothing newly released.

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bigrailer19
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 2:34:04 PM

yes i am unclear on that part becus it seem everything is being withheld! i thought you were referring to netflix in general, and im assuming it will be the same or atleast it better!

on another note im wondering how much will be in hd as well? but yea if its older movies then whats the point? i would see interest in movies released 2 months ago but any further and it seems pointless... i guess thats what will sell me is if like the PSstore they will release new movies weekly to dl for rent!

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bigrailer19
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 2:57:09 PM

my worstnightmar,

apparently on the netflix website it says and SOME new movies! meaning probably on one or two new releases a month! im not sure!

but this still is a good deal, i mean its an awesome price for unlimited movies and tv shows, plus you still get the benefit of being able to get those new releases in the mail.

now will there be an hd selection?

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shreevin
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 3:30:02 PM

I belong to Netflix and there is a difference between what is available on disc as opposed to Instant Watch which is the streaming part of Netflix. And let me tell ya, the Instant Watch library is pretty lame and most of the selection is standard definition. I have found some hidden treasures though.

It's still pretty damn cool that Sony is moving ever forward.

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AluShady
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 11:43:19 AM
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Geez. Sony keeps on the offensive. Great job!

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telly
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 11:48:07 AM
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Sweet! A nice add for PS3. There aren't as many movies/shows as I'd like available through the streaming service (I've been using on 360 up to this point, I'll let you guys know how it compares to PS3 once I get it configured) but I've definitely caught some nice stuff there. It's a sweet option to have, no question -- no games on tap, waiting for the next netflix disc to arrive? Stream a flick or a show.

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JAMES M
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 11:54:48 AM
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confirmed for the uk ?

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Diggity Dan
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 12:12:40 PM
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YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! [pumps fist]

This was a feature I was really hoping for. I use the BlockBuster mail in service now, but this will be a lot better. I hope the video/streaming quality is good.

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bOnEs
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 12:13:46 PM
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seeing as how i already have a netflix account, this news is awesome!! yea, there's not that many good movies available for instant viewing but, giving me more bang for my buck certainly helps... i hope the streaming video is better than what i get from netflix on the PC... it's youtube quality video that streams... i hope it's better than that on the PS3...

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Highlander
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 12:32:27 PM
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One more 'exclusive' bites the dust.

There is something noteworthy here. The majority of Sony's exclusives or exclusive capabilities are in-house. In-house companies, first party developers, they all share Sony's business interests.

Microsoft relies on 3rd parties. 3rd parties business interests are not Microsoft business interests.

So, just how many exclusive games/features are there now? Remember most of the high profile '360 exclusive' RPGs are coming to PS3 now as well.

Are we again seeing the triumph of long term thinking against short term thinking?

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frylock25
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 12:59:23 PM

its hard to get the big picture when you have such a small screen.

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Gone
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 2:06:12 PM

It's hard to get the picture when the ISP puts a cap on the downloads. 500mb a month, I can't even download a demo anymore. I should be living in Japan because they have the best internet in the world.

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Highlander
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 2:14:51 PM

500MB a month? A month?

Just an online 8 player game of Burnout Paradise will burn through about 5MB per minute. You'd have 100 minutes of game time before your ISP locks you out for a month. God grief, with a cap that small, you almost have to using dial up.

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bigrailer19
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 2:39:00 PM

some isp limit this! especially if your in a rural area! i could find next to no isp except the cell phone companies offering there wireless network cards for like 39.99 a month but with a 500mb cap! its small but the world feeds off the net now days!

atleast dsl should be everywhere, but the phone companies are too lazy to bring broadband elsewhere! its in such high demand now that its needed! the alternatives are the shady sattelite net, or this usage cap! tough deal im sorry burnout!

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Highlander
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 5:00:42 PM

@bigrailer
DSL is constrained by distance to the CO. For rural areas, cable (yeah, unlikely), cell (access problems in rural areas, unlikely) or satellite might be a better bet.

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Gone
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 5:50:04 PM

Damn ISP puts a cap in my ass every month (gangsters). I better stop posting, else I will end up paying extra money for every time I go over. See you next month when my cap gets renewed.

Speaking of caps, watch out with Netflix DVD rentals. If you rent too many movies in a short period of time, they will be slow to send you your next set of movies from your list. Google Netflix limits and you will see. Most disc are scratched so bad that it looks like someone dragged it on the concrete. Most of the streaming movies are crap that people refuse to watch. If they add good movies to the streaming section then it would be worth it. It is still good that people now have the Netflix option on their PS3.

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LowKey
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 6:07:26 PM

ummmm, ew? Burnout are you Canadian too? If so who is your ISP? there is no ISP that I know of that provides under 15GB/mo thats including the crappy Bell and scummy Rogers. I have Bell and pay $46 for 100GB/mo. Well I was only getting 60gb/mo for $46 but I talked them into an extra 40gb/mo. A little advice, tell your ISP you are going to change companys caue you can get a better deal. Watch how fast they start kissing your ass. trust me on this one. I told them I could get unlimited bandwidth for $34.95 which is true, I can and she did everything she could to keep me as a customer.

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___________
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 @ 2:21:58 AM

DAM! and i thought i had a bad monthly connection.
tho, there are ISPs depending which country you live in.
the smallest i have seen is 1GB per month using cable, using ADSL the smallest ive seen is 5GB per month.
thats why im stuffed, i cant use ADSL which is faster, cheaper and offers a higher download usage for less money.
for what im paying now, i could get a faster connection and 80GB per month instead of 15.
but sadly theres not enough copper in the lines in my street to carry ADSL so im stuck with cable :(
optus and telstra are the work of the devil.

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Deleted User
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 1:09:27 PM
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Well, being Canadian, Netflix isn't allowed here due to CRTC regulations. However, I'm happy that it's coming to PS3 owners. And yes, the Xbots are trying to rain on our parade elsewhere.

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tlpn99
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 1:10:30 PM
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Good for the US, bad for Europe etc as once again were left behind. Oh well.

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Swim_Irr
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 2:02:21 PM
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So will it be 1080p streaming?

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chucknasty
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 9:03:05 PM

Netflix streams HD in 720p I believe.

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BlackBriar
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 2:07:40 PM
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I thought they had a plan with blockbuster? I always preferred going into a store a looking for a movie to watch, compared sitting on your ass and looking for a movie to watch. We are turning into the people from Wall-e. Nonetheless, This is pretty neat! Sorry Europe you guys get left out again!

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photo K
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 2:11:40 PM
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is this the same exact thing that 360 owners have?

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dlte
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 2:54:07 PM

except it's not $50 extra a year

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frylock25
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 3:21:17 PM

no but $8.99 over 12 months is $107.88 before tax.

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bigrailer19
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 3:30:58 PM

frylock

360 users still pay the netflix subscription also, so you take netflix (yearly) $107.88 + gold live membership $50 = $157.88

still 50 bucks more than what ps3 users pay!
i missed ur point!

note: microsoft commented on the PS3 getting netflix, apparently saying they will not drop the price on the gold live membership to match the ps3 free service, becus they feel its still a generation ahead of any other online experience. hmm funny!

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frylock25
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 @ 3:37:35 PM

ok i did not realize it was extra over the live membership but since the charge you for everything i should have known. i dont pay much attention to the 360

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Highlander
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 3:15:36 PM
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Interesting that this uses BD-Live. I wonder why?

Could it be that actually this isn't exclusive to the PS3. Could it be that this is a way around the PS3 exclusivity because it is a BD-Live application that therefore should/could run on any Internet connected BD-Live capable BluRay player.

Ingenious...

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bearbobby
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 3:40:34 PM

Exactly, the netflix page now lists devices that support streaming media including several BD-Live players with the PS3 being the biggest and best of the bunch. :)

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Highlander
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 4:55:23 PM

ROTFLMAO!

It's a case of MS not realizing how their exclusivity might have a hole in it. I wonder whether Netflix knew this all along, of if someone at Sony had a sharp eye, and a sharp mind. Either way this is the best of both worlds for Netflix, they don't break their agreement with MS, but they also now allow all BD-Live systems (including as it happens) the PS3 to have access to the service. Sony is happy, because both the PS3 and all BD-Live devices have the service. Microsoft must be scratching their head and wondering why they didn't see this coming. I guess including Java as part of the BD platform, along with the whole BD-Live spec wasn't so stupid after all?

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bigrailer19
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 5:20:23 PM

your right highlander!

except i dont see many people realizing what they have and that it could work with net flix. net flix only advertises the PS3, and what sony will advertise about it is unknown but probably just the ps3.

so how many people will get to take advantage of this, id say the majority will be ps3 owners!

what say you?

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Highlander
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 10:26:39 PM

Possibly, but Netflix has already got a list of BD-Live players on it's website, including pictures. I think this will actually go pretty well for owners of BD-Live players. Only the ones with Net connected BD-Live players.

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Masterofallz
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 3:50:54 PM
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LOL @ How big the ps3 is compared to the 360 at there webiste:
http://www.netflix.com/NetflixReadyDevicesList?lnkce=nrd-l&trkid=425738&lnkctr=nrd-l-n

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 3:56:41 PM
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I might even sign up for netflix now

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Geobaldi
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 4:37:58 PM
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I've been with Netflix for going on four years now but I rarely stream any video from them. Most of the stuff I want to watch isn't available as streamable content so you still have to request the disc to be sent. This is good, I guess, for those who didn't have Netflix beforehand or those that want to free up their PCs for other tasks. But I'll pass.

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Highlander
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 4:58:08 PM

Not sure this is about PCs at all, it's about BD-Live players, including PS3, and yes, people without the service will probably pay most attention to the announcement.

When all those cheap Chinese made, BD-Live capable players start arriving in the stores, Netflix is going to be very happy with this deal.

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Geobaldi
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 5:30:36 PM

What isn't mentioned is that all the plans offered don't include blu-ray access. It's an extra $4 a month to add blu-ray to your account for viewing.

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Highlander
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 @ 12:45:12 AM

$4? I though it was $8.99 for DVD and $10.99 for BD?

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LittleBigMidget
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 5:37:02 PM
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Wow Netflix? I can now stop my Gold subscription paying 50$ a year on what should be free, and even sell my 360.

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bigrailer19
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 5:41:24 PM

:)

happy day!

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frylock25
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 @ 3:41:21 PM

happy happy joy joy
happy happy joy joy

;)

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TheCrazyMerc
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 8:20:16 PM
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Yay!!! Happy Time for sony! Now all we need is Cross-talk game chat :D

Take that Microsoft

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Banky A
Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 10:17:32 PM
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Haha.

I swear, I remember somebody boasting about a certain console because Netflix was exclusive on it - for a console.

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___________
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 @ 2:26:12 AM
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yet again, exclusive to the US.
why do i bother?
anyway, i wonder how much bandwidth a normal HD movie like the dark night would take up.
i remember reading a article on the 360s instant 1080P on streaming off IGN and the article said streaming 1 movie would take up roughly 6GBs.
6GBs?
6?
that cant be right, 6GBs no one is going to use it, who can afford to waste 6GBs on a single movie.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 @ 12:40:49 PM

Most of the HD movies on PSN are between 4 and 7gbs. It does take that long. Seems to download in realtime. I start the download wait till it's about 10% done then start the movie. It's finishes downloading before the movie is over no interuptions.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009 @ 6:17:20 AM

so once your finished watching a movie 7GBs of bandwidth is used up?
wow im surprised people are bothering with this, in that case sony dont bother bringing it out here no one would use it.
i would love to be able to do that, but 7GBs?
thats half my bloody download usage!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009 @ 11:18:14 AM
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Why are so many people completely bashing MS? Contrary to what people think, it's a good thing that there are more options for people out there looking for an entertainment experience. Having just one choice means slower to change/advancing of technology. When going against a rival, you're pushed to come up with things faster. MS got the jump on Sony with the exclusive Netflix service. Sony was looking for a way to one-up MS in their lack of getting Netflix on their system to begin with and they have done it through their BD-Live option. Other than that, it'll be the same library offered. Also, people are complaining about having to pay for something that amounts to about $4 and change a month? While I agree that Live is not a "generation" better than PSN, it IS better. Much more user-friendly and flexibility. (Like the option to be able to chat with someone not playing the same game.) Also, I have both a PS3 and Xbox 360. There is just a better experience to be had on Live at this point. That's not to say that the PSN is not going to catch Live. It's definitely gaining ground.

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SixSpeedKing
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 @ 8:58:37 PM
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Probably a dumb question here but will this be available in Canada?

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