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PS3 is #1 for Netflix Streaming in the Living Room

PlayStation Blog: It’s official: More people stream Netflix content to their televisions via PS3 than any other device worldwide. This is a major milestone, and one we’re particularly proud of considering the myriad Netflix-compatible streaming devices on the market, from other gaming consoles to smart TVs and internet-connected set-top boxes. (Netflix, PS3)

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Snookies12  +   723d ago
Hey cool, I love the PS3 Netflix, although I do have to give props to Xbox for the whole "theater room" thing they have where you can get your friends to watch the same thing together. That's really cool.
portal_2  +   723d ago
Except they removed this feature a year ago...
Snookies12  +   723d ago
You serious? Well that's really lame... I hadn't used the Xbox's Netflix in a good while so I didn't know. :\
Why would they take it out?
crxss  +   723d ago
@portal_2 LMAO

the only reason i use my ps3 for netflix over any other device is because it loads faster. too bad it takes forever to load essential ps3 functions on the xmb, not that the 360 is any faster. i'm really hoping they wise up next-gen and dedicate more CPU and RAM for their GUI/OS... takes way too long to send a simple message in-game
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Septic  +   723d ago
Yeah I much prefer the PS3 one. The 360 version tries too hard to be fancy (with video previews etc) and sacrifices usability in my opinion.
Hatsune-Miku  +   723d ago
PlayStation is the future and the future is PlayStation
SkyGamer  +   723d ago
Yeah it helps that it is free. That is one thing Microsoft really needs to learn to make Netflix on Xbox Live Free. Anything with a separate subscription should be free live. Shame on you Microsoft!
cgoodno  +   722d ago
***Why would they take it out?***

Because then only one person in a group needed a Netflix subscription.
darthv72  +   722d ago
oddly enough
both the ps3 and wii versions of the netflix app are the same. Well, not exactly the same as you cant watch HD vids on the wii version.

Other than that, the UI is pretty much the same. Fitting really as neither of them are made specifically for those platforms. The 360 version is made by MS and uses (or did) silverlight as the streaming engine.

All in all though, I have come to a point where I dont watch netflix. On ANY platform because their selection of titles dropped dramatically since they didnt re-sign with Starz network.

If I cant find it in my Uverse on demand, I will check netflix (tv shows mostly) but for "movies" I go to redbox. Ironic really as i was a major supporter for netflix (on any platform) for many years. Their changing things around with the dvd side and wanting to make a split account wasnt that appealing.

I know they changed their mind on that but overall, the service has been getting hammered by up and coming cable and satellite services that are expanding their on demand selections as well as hulu and all these new digital distribution services. The mighty netflix....really good in its younger days but now it is difficult to keep paying for a sub.
SilentNegotiator  +   722d ago
Of the consoles, PS3 definitely has the best Netflix app.
darren_poolies  +   722d ago
You can do it with the PS3. I have 6 people sharing my Netflix account.
JoySticksFTW  +   722d ago
@ Septic
"Yeah I much prefer the PS3 one. The 360 version tries too hard to be fancy (with video previews etc) and sacrifices usability in my opinion."

Exactly. That's how I feel about the PS store's new look also.

Some critics and media members make errant claims that PSN hasn't been updated, is bland, and behind the competition. So Sony goes and fixes what isn't broken, and replaces their nice simple interface with the fancy, busy look we have now.

I wish gamers and media members would realize that sometimes functionality and ease of use trumps flashy bells and whistles
jeseth  +   722d ago
I also really like the PS3 Netflix. It streams really well and the majority of the shows/movies stream in a really nice resolution.

I just wish Netflix would clean up their menus and make it a little easier to search content.

Other than that Netflix is great on PS3. Use it more on PS3 than our iPad.
SaiyanFury  +   722d ago
I do use my PS3's Netflix application more than on any other device, but that's because my PS3 is on all day. I keep it on (Netflix) when I'm taking care of my daughter all day, then switch into game mode after she's had her daily nap.

On a separate note, I bought a new Xbox 360 a few months ago and I was stunned to see that I needed an Xbox LIVE Gold membership just to watch Netflix on it (I don't game online). No need for any such subscription on the PS3 other than an already present Netflix subscription. I guess I'll be sticking to my PS3's Netflix for the foreseeable future. :)
This is better news than this to any gamer.

"Xbox now used more for online entertainment than online gaming"
http://latimesblogs.latimes...

As long as sony keeps it a game console first and a media hub second that is great!
NeverEnding1989  +   722d ago
We get it. You and your multiple accounts love promoting latinetimes.com.

Watching movies has always been the primary use of the PS3.
Rhythmattic  +   722d ago
NeverEnding1989 (trollop)

Primary, as in games vs movies ?
Na

How about Primarily Blu-Ray over Netflix.
Yeh.
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miyamoto  +   722d ago
yup Netflix on PS3 is very convenient like the Android app.
my whole family love the Jacky Chan & Godzilla line up on Netflix PS3
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INehalemEXI  +   722d ago
them super slims sure are sexy.
Kurt Russell  +   722d ago
We find very different things sexy to eachother... people like you are the reason for Rule 34 ;)
INehalemEXI  +   721d ago
There simply is not "people" like me ...I am one man.
Ben_Rage_3  +   722d ago
It also helps that Netflix streams in 1080p on the PS3. Unless it's been updated, the last time I checked, the 360 streams in 720p.
nukeitall  +   722d ago
Netflix streams in 1080p for me on Xbox 360 whenever such HD stream is available.
showtimefolks  +   722d ago
well let's see on one device you don't have to pay twice just to access netflix. xblive fee than netflix on psn its just netflix and it loads faster

i feel like sometimes MS tries too hard with xblive to make everything fancy and in the long run it hurts the product more than helping it
chriski333  +   722d ago
I use Netflix on my ps3 and wii u kinda cool for both
slapedurmomsace  +   722d ago
The 360 picture while streaming nexflix always looked like garbage compared the the ps3 and wii. I have no idea why as my 360 was wired and my ps3 and wii were on wifi. This is with 25mpbs on comcast, so that can't be the excuse. Since the wii is gone, I'm stream exclusively on my ps3
slapedurmomsace  +   722d ago
What's there to disagree with?? Jesus this site sometimes
insomnium2  +   722d ago
I too use netflix on PS3. Didn't expect it to be #1 though.
Silly gameAr  +   722d ago
Yeah, that's been gone for a while unfortunately.
Oh_Yeah  +   722d ago
If you want a free streaming service that has every movie and tv show as they come out in hd get xmbc and download the navi-x plugin. Your welcome, youll never have to pay for cable, rent movies, or pay a streaming site again.
Tapewurm  +   722d ago
Netflix just signed a deal with Disney that will allow them to show movies 6 months after their initial release.....doesn't start til 2016 though...should be nice though...especially with the new Star Wars films in the works....still can't beleive Disney bought Lucas Arts. Back on topic....should make for better movie selections in the future.
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   722d ago
It's been the number 1 console to watch movies on for as long as it's been out. It was released with not a game, but Spider-Man 3! Everyone knows people use their PS3's for Movies the most.

Number 1 playing games in the living room though... that's another story. ;)
Denethor_II  +   722d ago
yeah it's really cool, but you don't like to use it?
SoundGamer  +   723d ago
"PS3 is currently the only platform to experience a new voice user interface called “Max” that’s currently being tested."

"the Netflix experience to PlayStation Vita in the United States. This enables PS3 owners to start watching a movie or TV show on Netflix, pause it, and seamlessly continue watching on PS Vita’s beautiful 5-inch high-def OLED screen."

Nice!
ABizzel1  +   723d ago
Besides voice, can't you do that with any netflix device.

If I stop watching a movie, and start watching the same movie on something else it generally saves the spot I was in, or maybe I've been using the feature on my Vita and never noticed it was exclusive.
darthv72  +   722d ago
@soundgamer
that seems surprisingly similar to what att uverse does. Pause a show on one screen and continue watching it from any other in the home and I believe...mobile device.
rpd123  +   722d ago
Yeah, that's a universal thing. It's a feature Netflix has, not just the PS3. I can watch on my Kindle, PS3, PS Vita, computer, or 360 and still resume in the same spot on any device.
Aggesan  +   723d ago
Not so nice that we still don't have it in Europe after more than half a year since it was released in the US though.
fossilfern  +   722d ago
Where abouts in Europe are you ? Its out in the UK.
Aggesan  +   722d ago
On ps3, yes, but not on Vita. I live in Sweden.
Blackdeath_663  +   723d ago
i'll be honest i don't have a vita yet and didn't plan on getting one but netfelix on the go might convince me to get a vita after all. (i know you can netfelix on other devices but the vita is relatively cheap compared to say a tablet)
jukins  +   723d ago
And let me add Netflix on the vita looks really good.
waltercross  +   722d ago
You needa pay a fee to at&t to use PS Vita online, like with using Netflix.
Godmars290  +   722d ago
Doesn't Kinect's voice option work with it too?
jony_dols  +   723d ago
Now we just need Sky Player on PS3 & I'll be happy.
Brian1rr  +   723d ago
I love my ps3 I just love my little black box
-GametimeUK-  +   723d ago
I had expectations of only using my PS3 as a console to play physical games on. Netflix is a feature I use along side many others. Its actually replaced my Freeview box in my room. I now basically just stream anything I want when I want it. The PS3 for me is my all in one package. I have PS+ on it, I have built my collection for it, I use the web browser when I can't be bothered going to the PC, watch blu rays on it. It is only natural that it is the console in my house that will have Netflix on it. Do you need Gold to watch Netflix on 360?

I am very happy with how diverse my PS3 is. Netflix and the PS3 go hand in hand for me. :-)
Snookies12  +   722d ago
Pretty sure you need Gold to watch Netflix on the 360... Though I could be mistaken.
Megaton  +   722d ago
Yes you do.
darkride66  +   722d ago
Yeah, I believe you need to pay for XBL gold on top of paying the Netflix fees on the XBox. Go figure.

I ended up buying a second PS3 a few years ago simply to use on my upstairs TV for playing media like Netflix and I couldn't be happier. I still end up using it for games from time to time as I've loaded it up with arcade type games for the kids and then use my main PS3 attached to the home theatre for serious gaming.

I just read the other day that in my country, Canada, Netflix streaming accounts for a third of the internet traffic in the entire country. I even got my in-laws who are both in their seventies onto Netflix this summer as in the country where they are they only had two TV channels and one went offline rather than switching to digital. They have hi-speed internet out on the farm, but almost zero options for TV viewing and they're loving Netflix.
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-GametimeUK-  +   722d ago
Spreading the Netflix love haha. Obviously the fact that you don't need to pay an additional fee is having positive results on the PS3 Netflix.
Godmars290  +   722d ago
When I bought my PS3, having actually listened to what was being offered, the only real reason I bought it sooner were the media features. Shame that the browser was in the shape it was, then get gimped by the protective media rush to boot.

Doesn't really speak well of MS that they had Netflix to themselves for a while and were only a notable streaming source at that time.
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BabyTownFrolics  +   723d ago
i too prefer netflix on my ps3 to netflix on my computer or 360.
violents  +   723d ago
I want that Max Voice control stuff.
isarai  +   722d ago
But have you tried Netflix on the Roku? it's pretty sweet
_LarZen_  +   722d ago
Netflix on PS3 with iPad is nice!

But it's much better on the WiiU, turn on the tv,hifi and the console with the WiiU Controller. And navigate on the Controller while content is on the tv....sweet.
Ben_Grimm  +   722d ago
The interface on PS3 is so much better than on the 360. The fact that on the 360 you have to actually start a movie/show before you can access any options is frustrating.

This is especially frustrating for TV shows.
Ron_Danger  +   722d ago
Its nice that you can use any android device to control your PS3 Netflix also
Soldierone  +   722d ago
I love doing that with Youtube. Didn't know Netflix did it! Thats sweet!
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xxLuckyStrike  +   722d ago
Netflix sucks
Megaton  +   722d ago
Yeah. I used to really like it, but the selection is pretty lousy once you've had it for a year or so. They don't get new things often enough, and most of the things they do get aren't worth watching. Cancelled my membership a few months ago.
kingPoS  +   722d ago
That's your opinion. I guess you might be inclined to believe that if you can't get the newest of the newest content.
I see it differently in that it's new to me if I haven't seen it after 1997.
Nick_515  +   722d ago
Yeah, I used it for streaming for a while, but there's nothing on it worth watching. I pay for Amazon Prime, so I have that, but I only use Netflix for Blu-Rays now.
ifistbrowni  +   722d ago
not trolling, but Netflix and Bluray is ALL i use my ps3 for.

but ever since xbox 360 got HBO Go and Xfinity, i canceled my Netflix subscription because, like lucky said, Netflix sucks.

but i do agree that the interface on ps3 is 100 times better than the 360 one. 360 designs everything around the Kinect (app wise) and it kind of makes it harder to navigate if you do not have one (a kinect).
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waltercross  +   722d ago
You only use your PS3 for movies?? Why buy one??
AngelicIceDiamond  +   722d ago
Makes sense, seeing how there's no entry fee for PlayStation. just a Netflix subscription.
sdplisken  +   722d ago
as it should be since its free to access
unlike certain other platforms
Pillsbury1  +   722d ago
Free to access the other half of your game too
josephayal  +   722d ago
is free
Gondee  +   722d ago
Bingo...... Bubbles. olo

Plus a lot of people bought a PS3 initially for blueray. ie a media device....
GraveLord  +   722d ago
PS3 is #1 like it should always be. Congratz Sony.
aNDROiD17_  +   722d ago
yeah i never use my xbox netflix just my ps3 one. idk why really?
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DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   722d ago
Yea once I got my PS3 I used that for netflix instead of 360. It looks better on PS3 and for whatever reason it has a better connection to my internet than 360. 360 is my go to for HBOGO tho.
xXtremeHDGamerXx  +   722d ago
Now if they can just make the whole Netflix app native Dolby 5.1 just like Crackle, Amazon, Vudu and Hulu apps.
kingPoS  +   722d ago
For me it's a toss up between the ps3 & WDTV Live.
Netflix Amazon MusicUnlimited on ps3 < Netflix Crunchyroll USB galore on WDTV Live.

I have to admit, I'm leaning more towards WDTV because I can watch Crunchyroll with virtually zero ads for free.
sway_z  +   722d ago
It's a no brainer as to why PS3 is the Netflix choice device of viewing...its so easy to use and you only pay for the service as opposed to paying a ridiculous premium (Live) just to access it, let alone view it.....truly MS are a greedy bunch!

>Sorry if that uncomfortable truth offended anyone ;)

*I see disagrees, but that's cool, its not me thats taking your money...go disagree to MS
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Williamson  +   722d ago
Netflix works great on ps3 but we Canadians don't have that great of selections. So far I watch Netflix occasionally and usually watch neon alley more which is good, but works as a tv channel so you can't watch what you want whenever.
mochachino  +   722d ago
Not to mention our horrible bandwidth caps
WeedyOne  +   722d ago
I love the netflix app on the PS3. I think it plays video clearer than on my PC, and i have a pretty decent gaming pc.
Fel08  +   722d ago
It is definitely one of the devices I use the most for watching Netflix. That and my Apple TV.
Virus201  +   722d ago
I know i'll get some hate on this site but here it goes.

That's all I use my Ps3 for. Netflix and Amazon Prime. I don't really use my Ps3 for anything else. The last game I played on my Ps3 was Infamous 2 through Playstation Plus after a friend gave me a 3 month card. Other than that my Ps3 is just there.
ifistbrowni  +   722d ago
said the exact same thing above.

only the last game i've played on my PS3 was Metal Gear Solid 4, on its release week.

It's only my primary blu-ray player now, since i canceled my Netflix subscription. I use my 360 for HBO Go and Xfinity, which are thousands of times better than the selection on Netflix.
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younghavok  +   722d ago
360 Netflix sucks. Period. Having to pay for gold just to use it is a rip off. Plus alot of movies and tv episodes dont even play on it. The Wii U and Wii are my netflix machines of choice, but considering PS3 and Wii use the same interface or at least it looked like it did, I'd throw that up there too.

On another note, Netflix really needs to upgrade that selection. Its especially annoying when they have good movies and then take them off for some reason.
mochachino  +   722d ago
As a PS3 and 360 owner, I can say with absolute certainty that the author's statement is entirely correct.
Funky Town_TX  +   722d ago
100% agreed
PS3 for 3D Blu-rays and netflix
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