Netflix Arrives on PS3: First Look
In October Netflix announced you will be able to stream Netflix movies and TV shows on to your PlayStation 3 (PS3) game console. This Saturday it is finally became available.
Here is how it works. 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.
Here is my hands on first look.
After loading your "Instant Streaming Disc" you can watch any videos on your Instant Queue. Keep in mind there is no video browsing. You must add videos to your queue through the PlayStation browser or on a computer.
The "Instant Streaming Disc" appears under the Video section of the XMB.
In the Queue
The streaming menu is slick.
The interface does a great job of replicating all the information you would expect to find with your videos. A HD icon appears at the bottom of the screen if the video is available in high definition.
You can easily browse through episodes of a series while reading episode descriptions.
Man vs. Food
Video quality is pretty good and a vast improvement for people who previously streamed Netflix on their PS3 through PlayOn.
Non-HD widescreen video are distorted to 4:3 resolution. It's an issue that also pops up on widescreen DVD's when hooking a PS3 up to a TV without HDCP.
The fast forward preview that appears when streaming from your computer made it to the PS3 version.
Discs have started showing in typical Netflix envelopes late this week.
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