Netflix Losing the Disc and Upgrading on PS3

Netflix Losing the Disc and Upgrading on PS3

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Streaming movies from Netflix on the PlayStation 3 will soon no longer require a disc, and they'll also look and sound a lot better.

Using Netflix on the PlayStation 3 currently requires a disc to be inserted, reportedly so that Sony could get around an exclusivity agreement that tied the streaming movie service to the Xbox 360. As of next week, the PS3 Netflix disc will become a miniature Frisbee, while the service itself will see multiple improvements on the Sony console.

Netflix announced this week that starting on October 18, the "instant streaming" disc will no longer have to be inserted for users to be able to watch streaming movies on their PlayStation 3s. This isn't that big of a deal, because inserting a disc is about as easy as lifting your arm and moving it forward, but it's one less hassle if you've got a game in the system and don't feel like getting up to watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for the 76th time.

In addition, the interface used to access Netflix on the PS3 will be improved. The new interface looks closer to the one used for the PlayStation Store, and includes an improved content search feature and analog stick support. Netflix also says that playback will start quicker.

The big news for those that own HDTVs or bumping speaker systems is that Netflix on the PS3 will soon support upgraded display and audio modes. Come October 18, 1080p playback will be available for content that supports it, as will Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound. This is said to be the first time Netflix will support 5.1 surround sound through streaming content on a console, but doesn't mean it isn't coming to the Xbox 360 later.

Source: Sony Blog

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can't wait till I get netflix, good to hear all of that. :)

I'll keep the disc, for the memories of the 5 hours I used it since I broke my 360's wireless thingy while cleaning over the weekend. This is perfect timing!

I actually found the netflix interface to be far better on the PS3 than the xbox already. Nice to hear they're improving it further.

Nice! Now I won't have to worry about losing my disc anymore.

In Canada this was already the case and I must say having had that convenience I couldn't imagine sitting around waiting for a disk in the mail.

Oh good, now I don't have to get up...
Okay, I know that sounds bad, but my PS3 and HDTV are on the other side of the room, and if I'm playing ACII and want to watch some 30 Rock later, I don't want to have to get up to switch discs out.

..... Okay, now that I said that out loud I really seem lazy.
Oh well, good news anyways.

toomuchnothing:
In Canada this was already the case and I must say having had that convenience I couldn't imagine sitting around waiting for a disk in the mail.

The disc didn't have the movie on it. You streamed it from the internet.

Maybe they could have done this sooner, like... a month ago when I waited almost 2 weeks for my stupid disk to arrive.

That's good. I hate these exclusive deals but then again it increases the difference on the consoles software wise. Ooohdamnit that we don't have Netflix back here in Europe. Zune sucks ass.

Congratulations, you linked to the correct version of the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie. Gene Wilder > Johnny Depp.

Although I think you severely underestimate how bad people think getting up to change a disc. :p

mjc0961:
Congratulations, you linked to the correct version of the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie. Gene Wilder > Johnny Depp.

Never saw the remake. No reason to with the awesome original.

About fucking time.....i feel so lazy, complaining about having to insert my magic disc that plays a thousand movies....but dam, im tired of taking my game out. And maybe theyll fix the audio on Masters of HOrror. And ive always hated the menu....stupid rewind and such......

lol bitch bitch bitch....lol

Numachuka:
The disc didn't have the movie on it. You streamed it from the internet.

I realize what the disk in the mail was required for and I also understand the concept of how Netflix works since I previously made use of their service. That being said I still can't see myself waiting in the mail for software to allow myself to stream said content when it took literally seconds for me to download it on my ps3 and begin actually using the service as intended.

 

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