Starting November, you will be able to stream Netflix movies and TV shows on to your PlayStation 3 (PS3) game console. The deal, announced on Monday, will put Sony's console in line with Microsoft's Xbox 360, which had this functionality for over a year now.
Netflix's movie and TV shows catalogue will be available to stream over the Internet (Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection) to Sony PS3 users from November. If you have a Netflix $8.99/month subscription and a PlayStation 3, you will be able to use the Netflix "Watch Instantly" service on your console.
To watch Netflix movies on your PS3, you will need to order a free special Blu-ray disc from Netflix, which then you will have to insert into your PS3 every time you want to watch a movie. It doesn't sound like the most efficient way so far, but Sony and Netflix hinted at a software upgrade for the PS3 sometime early next year.
With the instant streaming Neftlix Blu-ray disc, you will be able to add an unlimited number of movies into your queue via an on-screen interface, unlike with the Xbox 360, where users have to add movies to the queue from their computer, before streaming them using the console.
Netflix streaming on the PS3 is also cheaper that on the Xbox 360, which had this feature for over a year now. To view Netflix movies on the Microsoft console, Xbox 360 users have also to pay $50/year for an Xbox Live Gold membership, next to the service's monthly fee.
If having Netflix streaming on your Sony PS3 is something you were waiting for, then it's also worth mentioning that not all the thousands of movies and TV shows that you could get on a traditional disc from Netflix are available to stream to your PS3.
Netflix has over 11 million customers in the U.S. and there are just over 9 million Sony PS3 consoles in the country. Monday's deal could mean big business for Netflix, which now has its streaming service onto two of the three top selling game consoles on the market. Nintendo's Wii is the top selling console.
This story, "Netflix Movie Streaming Comes To PlayStation 3" was originally published by PCWorld.