Monday, October 26, 2009

Netflix Streaming on the PS3

Netflix Streaming on PS3PS3 owners rejoice! Or don't rejoice if you either A.) Don't care or B.) Hate Netflix but either way Netflix streaming is coming to your PS3. In a recent press release from Netflix, we have gathered all the details about the partnership. One of the best things about this feature is that fans and subscribers of Netflix can enjoy tons of movies and tv shows through the internet on-demand without having to pay any extra cost other than their Netflix subscription cost, which can be as low as $9 a month. Xbox 360 owner's have that added Xbox LIVE subscription fee which runs $50 a year.

But, there is some bad news. In order to enjoy the delightfullness of the Netflix streaming, users will be required to insert a special Blu-ray disc into their PS3. This disc will enable Netflix streaming through the Blu-ray's BD Live functionality. This is something you do not have to do with the Xbox 360 or other Blu-ray players which already have the Netflix option built-in. BD Live can be slow and clunky at times but it does work better on the PS3 than it does on typical Blu-ray players. There is a catch to the special disc however. The press release said that the disc would be needed initially so this could hint at a future software update that will add Netflix as a built-in feature.

Many people have been waiting for this feature to come to the PS3. The 360 has already had it for some time and PS3 owners were getting antsy. We are seeing more and more innovations coming to both the Xbox 360 and the PS3. Netflix is now on both consoles and there is always Twitter and Facebook.

But, despite having the seemingly annoying disc to contend with, Netflix streaming has been envied by PS3 owners since it was released on the Xbox 360 and I'm sure they won't mind the disc all too much. According to Netflix, the feature will be available to all PS3 owners by the end o f the year. As an added bonus to all Netflix subscribers who own a PS3, the special required disc can now be reserved.

Source: G4TV

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