Netflix Becomes A Native PS3 Application Next Week
Up to this point, one needed a special disc to access Netflix products on the PlayStation 3.
But that will soon change. Today, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has announced that streaming from Netflix will be available on the PS3 as a native application in the U.S. on October 18, 2010. You will then be able to instantly watch movies and TV shows streamed directly from Netflix on the XMB. Furthermore, the PS3 will be the first system to support 5.1-channel surround sound for the movies and TV shows from Netflix, and there are even more enhancements and features; here's the full rundown:
-- Movies and TV shows from Netflix will be accessible from PS3’s XMB menu under a new Netflix icon under the Video category. To access Netflix, PS3 owners will need to sign-in with their PlayStation®Network account.
-- Support for Dolby Digital Plus 5.1-channel surround sound will enable users to experience premium-quality audio.
-- A new user interface, including the recently added search functionality, will deliver a much richer and faster browsing experience, making it easier to find the specific titles you’re looking for or to discover new content.
-- Some movies and TV shows will be viewable in 1080i resolution, offering an enhanced visual experience as more consumers adopt HDTVs.
-- The amount of time to start playback will be improved.
-- An increasing number of movies and TV shows will be viewable with subtitles or alternate audio tracks.
Said Greg Peters, Netflix vice president of product development:
"With a new look and feel plus additional features such as 5.1 surround sound, Netflix on the PlayStation 3 delivers an amazing viewing experience for enjoying movies and TV shows streamed from the Internet to your living room. We expect PS3 owners who have been instantly watching movies and TV shows streamed from Netflix will be pleased with the continued enhancements that we’re offering."
For the record, Netflix has been available on the PS3 since November of 2009 (and was delivered last month to Canada). But having it become a native application is a big step and as the press release says, "reinforces the PS3 system's position as the most complete home entertainment hub on the market."
10/14/2010 10:25:35 AM Ben Dutka