PlayStation 3 First To Feature Netflix Search Capability
At first, it appeared as if the Xbox 360 might get the jump on Netflix compatibility, but as it turns out, the PlayStation 3 is enjoying some movie-related "firsts."
Today, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has announced the PS3 is the "first computer entertainment system in the gaming market to get the latest version of the Netflix application for instantly watching movies and TV episodes, as well as the only system to add a full title search capability." If you're a subscriber, you can access Netflix through your PS3 by utilizing a free, instant streaming Blu-Ray disc. The press release reminds us that other consoles force subscribers to boot up their laptop or PC, go to the Netflix site, enter a search string, add the desired movie or TV show to their queue, adn then go back to the console and make the selection. SCEA and Netflix will continue to optimize the popular service for the PS3; we can expect "access via a native application in the coming months." Said Phil Rosenberg, SCEA senior vice president:
"We are thrilled to be the first in the marketplace to have Netflix search capability. Search is fundamental to choosing movies and TV shows and we’re proud to be the only gaming system supporting the Netflix Continuous Improvement Architecture, which makes Netflix application improvements instantly available to the installed base of Netflix users on the PS3 system."
If you've got a PS3 at home, there's not much else you need for your home entertainment needs. And if you're not yet a Netflix subscriber, perhaps the ease of using that service on the PS3 will finally convince you...now, about those 3D movies...
7/28/2010 2:41:16 PM Ben Dutka