Last week we reported that Netflix will be available on a mystery device with material install base. Today Sony announced that the Sony PS3 will get Netflix streaming enabled.
It was clear that the new device had to be a game console. Sony did the right step here and took away a big selling point of the Xbox 360, which has supported Netflix streaming for a while now.
Initially, watching movies instantly streamed from Netflix via the Sony 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 need to slide the disc into their PS3 systems to reveal movies and TV episodes that can be watched instantly.
Netflix members and PS3 system owners can now reserve a free instant streaming disc for PS3 systems by going to http://www.netflix.com/ps3. The Netflix movie streaming service is supposed to launch in November.
Needing a Blu-ray disc to use Netflix is a bit un cool, but on the other hand you do not need to pay an online subscribition fee like on the Xbox 360, where you need to be a Xbox LIVE Gold member ($49.99/year).
As reported Netflix now has 11.1 million subscribers in the United States and the instant movie streaming option is already available through lots of device. See our newly published list of Netflix devices here.
Currently for $8.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed to their TVs, computers and Netflix ready devices and still can receive unlimited DVDs delivered quickly to their homes.
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