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The Seventh Taylor



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:41 am    Post subject: Netflix movie streaming coming to PlayStation 3 Reply with quote

From Yahoo! News:

Netflix movie streaming coming to PlayStation 3

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer - Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:41PM EDT

NEW YORK -
PlayStation 3 owners will soon be able to stream movies and TV shows from Netflix to their TVs using the gaming console, just as Xbox 360 owners have been able to do for a year.

Sony Corp. and the DVD rental company announced the service Monday and plan to launch it next month. It will be available for free to PlayStation 3 owners who have a Netflix subscription that starts at $9.

Netflix streaming is already available on a broad range of devices, such as the Roku digital video player, Internet-connected TV sets (including Sony's) and Blu-ray players and the PlayStation 3's archrival, Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360. On the Xbox, however, the Netflix streaming is available only to Xbox Live "Gold" members, who pay $50 a year mainly to play games online with friends in other places.

For Netflix Inc., the deal brings millions of potential new customers, to add to the 11.1 million it already has in the United States. About 9 million PlayStation 3 systems have been sold in U.S., and more than 25 million worldwide.

Movie streaming is an increasingly important service for Netflix even though it says it expects to keep renting DVDs until 2030. And Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said he would like the streaming service to be available on all three of the major gaming platforms the Xbox, the Wii and the PlayStation. Until now, however, the company had an exclusive deal with Microsoft.

"The PlayStation 3 is an amazing video platform," Hastings said in an interview.

This leaves the Wii as the last console without Netflix streaming. But even without it, the Wii is the top-selling console.

Netflix has about 17,000 movies and TV shows available for streaming, though few of them are new releases. This will expand the movies Sony already rents and sells through the PlayStation 3, and will give the company another feature to tout as it markets the PlayStation as a diverse entertainment device.

With a TV ad campaign whose slogan is "It Only Does Everything," Sony is targeting men and women between 18 and 49 and playing up the console's capabilities beyond gaming. Last year, its aim was still younger men, the gamer demographic.

"I think we always knew we made a significant investment in the PS3 and we were ahead of the time in terms of technology," said Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America. "But technology that was mystifying to the consumer three years ago is being coveted now."

To access the Netflix streaming service, PlayStation 3 users will have to pop in a Blu-ray disc that Netflix will mail out. The disc will access the Internet and activate the Netflix system so people can find movies to stream.
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Brandon B



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool deal. I'd like to know:

If MS is pissed Netflix figured a dodge around the "exclusive" Xbox deal they have;
How Sony feels about this in the context of their own rental system on the PS3;
If this disk based system will work in any profile 2.0 BD player.

I tend to rent from Apple as I have an aTV as well, but this would be a good choice if I did not.
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Yuri



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This Kotaku article suggests the disc is a temporary solution.

Anyway, I can hardly imagine this being purely a 'BD app' that would work on all profile 2.0 players. Interesting questions though.
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Yuri



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Somebody made some slipcase artwork in case the disc is going to needed for quite a while:

http://kotaku.com/5408041/make-your-netflix-disc-feel-at-home-ps3-users
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Yuri



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The latest news: Netflix is going to support streaming of movies in 1080p with 5.1 sound -- exclusively for Xbox360 and PS3 users.

http://kotaku.com/5467384/netflix-streaming-goes-1080p-51
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Brandon B



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Potentially good news. Any tech data, i.e. bitrate, codec used?

1080p wih 5.1 at under 10Mb/s is nothing to get excited about as far as HD goes. Even if they're using H264 or VC1 on the video.
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Yuri



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Potentially bad news:

http://kotaku.com/5503593/netflix-disc-comparison-says-ps3-is-slower-than-the-wii
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Yuri



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally, the Netflix disc can be done away with by October, when a PS3 app will arrive (and in Canada now already, it seems).

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/09/22/netflix-streaming-its-way-to-canada-today/
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Yuri



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just read a press release from Dolby stating that they will apply Dolby Digital Plus to Netflix for the first time on PS3 to deliver 5.1 surround sound. (More devices would be added over time.)

Now I wonder: What did Netflix provide so far? Plain stereo? Dolby Surround-encoded stereo?
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The Seventh Taylor



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More detailed information about discless Netflix streaming on PS3 with 1080p and Dolby Digital Plus from:

Dolby: http://www.dolby.com/consumer/product/home-theater/streaming-players/netflix-ps3.html

Netflix: http://netflix.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=372

SCE: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/10/14/netflixps3/
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Yuri



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vudu follows suit: streaming HD movies to PS3 later this month.

http://blog.vudu.com/?p=864
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