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Netflix on the PS3

October 29th, 2009

I would be remiss to not have a blog post about Netflix on the PS3. As much as I post about streaming video to the PS3 and as much as I love Netflix, I can’t resist chiming in on this one.

First of all, I don’t care what the CEO of Netflix says, but having to put in a disc to stream movies sucks. The streaming app should be an installable application that sits on the XMB.

It’s not a matter of being lazy, it is a matter of convenience. Back on the PS2, when I started working on streaming video to Sony devices using BroadQ (oh yeah… btw, i’ve been working on this for about 6 or 7 years now), it was annoying to have to load in the BroadQ disc to stream the movies. I can’t imagine it will be any less annoying 7 years later when the system has a hard drive that is perfectly capable of storing the application.

That said, I’m excited this is finally happening. There’s little doubt that Microsoft opened up the checkbook to prevent interoperability. Netflix will be available for the PS3 almost exactly one year after XBox. For games, I can understand these exclusive agreements. For third party services such as Netflix, I think it’s a dick move on Microsoft’s part. I view it as yet another good reason not to support their console.

As a Netflix subscriber, I think it’s a bad move by both Netflix and Microsoft. This should have happened long ago.

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  1. October 29th, 2009 at 16:30 | #1

    I think the rest of the world agrees with you on how bizarre it is to need to have the disc in to watch netflix. I’m pretty sure Sony REALLY just wanted to have something working before the Christmas shopping started, especially now that the price has gone down on the PS3.

    Here’s a quote from an interview with a Netflix employee stating that they are working on an embedded solution:

    “Again, the instant streaming disc represented the fastest and easiest way to let PS3 enthusiasts get Netflix on the PS3. Late next year we expect to have an embedded solution available for PS3s via a system software update slated for release through the PlayStation Network.”

    http://www.joystiq.com/2009/10/26/netflix-ps3-disc-must-remain-in-system-until-2010-update/

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