Now that the PS3 has apps for Hulu Plus and MLB live streaming, it seems antiquated that Netflix users need to pop in a special disc to access their instant streaming account. That will soon change.
When Netflix first launched on the Xbox 360, it came as a special app that users could download directly from the console and connect to their Netflix account without any sort of external media. The catch with that, though, was that the app was rendered invalid if users did not have a subscription to the premium $50/year Xbox Live Gold service.
When the video rental company decided to expand to other consoles, instead of working on the same kind of dedicated interface, it created the app in-house and just shipped it out in the form of game discs for the Wii and PS3, which is a more cumbersome process but it's free to connect to an existing Netflix account through those consoles.
During a conference call, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that may change in just a couple months. "Before our next call in October, we expect to be launching a major new version of our Sony PS3 user interface which doesn't require a disc, and is dynamically updated continuously with the latest Netflix UI improvements," Reed was quoted as saying.
It seemed inevitable, since the PS3 obviously has the capability to do a Netflix app. The bigger question is whether or not, like the Hulu Plus preview, users will need a PlayStation Plus subscription to access it.
Via All Things Digital
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