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Official – Netflix coming to PS3 next month [Update]

Monday, 26th October 2009 07:18 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Update: PR is after the break.

Original Story: It’s official: PS3 owners in the US will get Netflix, starting from next month.

Users of the system will be able to use the service from the PSN at no additional cost. You will need a streaming Blu-ray though to use it, but the rental company will send that out to you for free.

“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,” said SCEA CEO, Jack Tretton.

“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.”

It was a service that was exclusive to the Xbox 360 from last year, after the release of the NXE.

Find more info at IGN.

COMING SOON: NETFLIX MEMBERS CAN INSTANTLY WATCH MOVIES AND TV EPISODES STREAMED TO TVs VIA THE PLAYSTATION®3 COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM

With Movies Streamed Instantly from Netflix, Blu-ray/DVD Playback and Downloadable Videos via the PlayStation®Network, the PlayStation 3 System Offers The Industry’s Most Comprehensive Options for Watching Movies and TV Shows

FOSTER CITY and LOS GATOS, Calif., October 26, 2009 – Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) and Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq: NFLX] today announced that they are joining forces to make thousands of movies and TV episodes from Netflix available to be streamed instantly to TVs via the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system. Netflix expects to begin streaming via the PS3 system next month at no additional cost to Netflix members in the United States who have a PS3 system.

Today’s announcement pairs two of the most popular and fastest growing home entertainment brands in the U.S. The PS3 system’s installed base has reached close to 9 million units in the United States, and Netflix recently reported 11.1 million U.S. subscribers as of September 30.

The partnership further solidifies the PS3 system as the most complete home entertainment hub on the market today, enabling consumers to play high-definition games, watch Blu-ray movies, listen to music, view photos, browse the Internet, and download content from PlayStation®Network − from exclusive games to blockbuster movies and popular TV shows. PS3 system owners will soon enjoy an unparalleled experience watching their favorite movies and TV shows streamed instantly from Netflix, downloading from the PlayStation Network or watching Blu-ray/DVD media. The Netflix offering expands on the entertainment experience delivered to PS3 system owners via PlayStation Network.

For only $8.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed to their TVs and computers via Netflix ready devices such as the PS3 system and can receive unlimited DVDs delivered quickly to their homes.

“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,” said Jack Tretton, president and CEO, SCEA. “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.”

“As instantly watching movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix becomes an increasingly popular way to enjoy the Netflix service, our goal is to rapidly expand the devices that stream to our members,” said Netflix CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings. “As a leading game console and Blu-ray disc player, bringing Netflix to the PS3 system is a real win for both Netflix members and PS3 system owners.”

Initially, watching movies instantly streamed from Netflix via the PS3 system will be enabled by a free, instant streaming Blu-ray disc that is being made available to all Netflix members. The free instant streaming disc leverages Blu-ray’s BD-Live™ technology to access the Internet and activate the Netflix user interface on the PS3 system, which must be online via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

Netflix members simply slide the disc into their PS3 systems to reveal movies and TV episodes that can be watched instantly. These titles are conveniently organized into a variety of categories based on members’ personal preferences, popular genres, new arrivals and members’ individual instant Queues. Members can use the Netflix Web site or navigate directly on their PS3 systems to add movies and TV shows to their Queues. With the PS3 system’s Wireless Controller, members can choose a movie to watch from their instant Queues or just play directly from any of the lists. They also have the ability to read synopses and rate movies. In addition, they have the option of fast-forwarding and rewinding the video stream via the Wireless Controller.

Netflix members and PS3 system owners can now reserve a free instant streaming disc for PS3 systems by going to www.netflix.com/ps3. Upon availability, the instant streaming disc will be delivered for free by first-class mail, generally one business day after members request it.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® game consoles, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its digital services which include the PlayStation®Network and the PlayStation®Store.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one® game console, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, and the PlayStation 3 and PSP systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

About Netflix, Inc.

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) is the world’s largest online movie rental service, with more than more than 11 million subscribers. For only $8.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed to their TVs and computers and can receive unlimited DVDs delivered quickly to their homes. There are never any due dates or late fees. Netflix members can exchange DVDs as often as they want using a postage-paid return envelope. Members can choose from a vast selection of DVD titles and a growing library of movies and TV episodes that can be watched instantly. Netflix is partnering with leaders in consumer electronics to bring to market a range of devices that can instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix directly to members’ TVs. These devices currently include Blu-ray disc players and new Internet TVs from LG Electronics; Blu-ray disc players from Samsung and Best Buy’s Insignia brand; the Roku digital video player; Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console; TiVo digital video recorders; and, soon, the PS3 system and Internet TVs from Sony and VIZIO.

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19 Comments

  1. Razor

    It’s almost like they’re trying to rub it in the faces of European customers…while the US will get Netflix, we’ll get SCEE’s (likely rubbish) video store.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    I thought it was impossible due to licensing? Looks like they got over that problem pretty quickly.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Withnail

    This is a pretty big deal actually. If SCEA advertise it well it could definitely help to keep PS3 sales buoyed in the coming months.

    “while the US will get Netflix, we’ll get SCEE’s (likely rubbish) video store”

    Europe has had PlayTV, iPlayer, and Vidzone, while the US got sweet FA. Nobody’s trying to rub anything in European customer’s faces LOL. I guess the grass is always greener other there though.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Redh3lix

    I presume the streaming blu-ray acts as some sort of account key?

    Nice one for the US anyhow. The Video Store in the UK sounds interesting, as long as they have enough titles on launch.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Robo_1

    This is pretty megaton stuff actually. I’ve read many people cite Netflix as a reason they pony up for Live Gold.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Withnail

    This isn’t a native PS3 app, it’s a BD-Live, i.e. a Blu-ray movie with internet connectivity. I speculate that they can’t make it a proper PS3 app because of MS exclusivity contracts. Whatever the reason, don’t expect the interface to be as good as the one on the 360.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Dannybuoy

    I’m sure the interface will be just fine thank you very much

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Robo_1

    It looks like they want to get it out there straight away using BDLive, with a native app coming in due course, hence the press release saying:

    “Initially, watching movies instantly streamed from Netflix via the PS3 system will be enabled by a free, instant streaming Blu-ray disc…”

    This could be to get around some sort of MS exclusivity agreement, or it could just be the quickest and easiest way to get it out in time for the Christmas promotional rush.

    Either way this is quite a big deal, and I imagine it will force MS’s hand to drop the required Gold membership for Netflix access.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Yoshi

    Typical its not coming to Euro tho =/

    @Withnail

    “PlayTV, iPlayer, and Vidzone”

    PlayTV is just digital
    iPlayer that was only allowing you to go on the internet and watch from there anyways
    Vidzone = probz the only decent thing

    US
    Video Store = Good with the amount of choice you hav now
    Qore = Not too bad seen as u get decent info sometimes and beta keys

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Redh3lix

    Us Euro’s will be getting Qore soon, albeit named “Online Playstation Magazing HD” or something stupid like that.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Blerk

    Why would NetFlix ever come to Europe when the NetFlix service itself isn’t available here? :-)

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Yoshi

    Maybe in another 10years for the “Online Playstation Mag HD”
    And next next christmas for the Video Store

    And they could get NetFlix available XD

    #12 5 years ago
  13. pracer

    This could change everything. Really, I have been waiting for this. I know it is rumor right now but I own two xb360, if the LIVE fee jumps to 100usd/year, I am taking that 200usd and putting it towards a second PS3. Netflix was the single biggest reason we enjoy LIVE so much. The kids will miss playing Halo with their friends, but they will adjust, life goes on.
    I can tell you that the interface for Netflix LIVE is amazing. Much better then the so called stand along netflix ready devices that are out there. So I am also concerned about that end of it too. On LIVE you can browse new releases broken down into catagories. makes it very nice. On netflix ready devices you must use your PC to browse and adjust your que. But then again with PS3 web browser, I can browse and adjust from the netflix website and just just watch the movies. Might just work out. I sure hope so.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Psychotext

    Sort it out lovefilm… not having something like this in the UK sucks. :(

    #14 5 years ago
  15. adam13

    no addictional cost…that mean that you dont have to have a monthly sub?

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Blerk

    I suspect you will actually need to be a NetFlix subscriber. :-)

    #16 5 years ago
  17. FeaturePreacher

    If Europeans really want to watch Qore, just search for it on youtube.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. theevilaires

    MEH,MEH,MEH, don’t need it, don’t want it, but its nice to have :)

    #18 5 years ago
  19. BeastModeYMOB

    Oh boy shitbox haters will gang up on us now lol.

    #19 5 years ago

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