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Netflix Streaming Coming To PS3’s Later This Year


By Chris Scott Barr

Back in August we told you that Microsoft had signed an exclusive deal with Netflix, making the 360 the only console which could stream their movies. Well it would seem that either the exclusive deal was carefully worded, or was only for a very short period of time. Why? Because the company just announced that later this year the PS3 will get a similar treatment.

That’s right, PS3 owners will soon be able to stream the very same movies to their console, with the added benefit of not needing to pay for something like Xbox Live Gold. The downside is that in order to stream the movies, you will need a special Blu-ray disc. This will be provided free of charge to all Netflix subscribers who request it. A minor annoyance, likely in place due to the existing agreement with Microsoft. There’s no word on exactly when this is going to be rolled out, but you can reserve your Netflix Blu-ray disc now.

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Microsoft Inks Exclusive Deal With Nexflix, But There’s Hope For PS3 And Wii Owners


By Chris Scott Barr

I’ve been enjoying being able to stream Netflix to my 360 for a while now. What I don’t enjoy is paying for a Gold subscription in order to use it. One could argue that most 360 gamers already keep themselves at Gold status so they can play games online. That’s great for them, but I rarely play anything on my 360 with people online (I do most of my online gaming with my PC). I have both a PS3 and a Wii as well, and I’ve been hoping to hear something about getting Netflix on one of those, since neither charge for their online experience. Well finally we’ve heard something.

It seems that Microsoft has managed to sign an exclusive deal with Netflix, making them the only ones with a console that streams movies from the service. There’s no word on just how long the exclusive deal is, but I’m guessing it’s no less than a year or two. I’ll give Microsoft one thing, it does add more value to a Gold subscription. It’s one more thing for them to cite when people complain about Sony offering online play for free.

On a related note, PlayOn seems to be an interesting alternative that lets you stream Netflix (along with Hulu, YouTube and several others) to your TV with a PS3, Xbox 360 (without paying for a Gold Membership) and soon a Wii. I haven’t had a chance to test it out myself, but I’ll let you guys know when I do.

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Netflix Invades Sony Bravia HDTVs


By Chris Scott Barr

You have to give a lot of credit to Netflix. These guys have really re-invented the way we rent movies. First with their idea to let you order movies online and have them mailed to your door. Then they decided to let you stream rentals to your computer. Now they’re offering the same streaming service to other devices like your Xbox 360 and TiVo. Today they announced the latest devices they will be invading, Sony Bravia HDTVs.

Starting this Fall, all of their new internet-enabled sets will be able to stream movies via Netflix. Older models will be able to do the same using the BRAVIA internet link module around the same time. Give it a couple of years and you won’t be able to find a new TV that doesn’t work with Netflix.

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Rumor – Netflix May Stream To PS3 And Wii


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One of the things I love about my 360 is that it can stream Netflix movies to my TV. Sure, I have to pay a few bucks a month for my Netflix subscription, and a few more for a gold Live account, but it’s worth the convenience. Plus I’m too lazy to go to the video store, and I pay for a gold account anyway. Unfortunately for those with one of the other current-gen consoles, this service is exclusive to the 360. For now.

A job listing on the Netflix site hints at the possibility of streaming their movies onto other consoles. The position of “Engineering Leader – Gaming Platforms” lists one of the responsibilities as “help build a small technology team to rapidly prototype and iterate on a variety of platforms.” Now unless I’m mistaken, you’d have to have more than one or two platforms to justify the word “variety.” Perhaps we can look forward to streaming movies on the Wii and PS3 sometime in the future.

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Sony Blocks Netflix Movies From Streaming To Xbox 360

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In case you missed it, Microsoft released their dashboard update for the Xbox 360, dubbed the New Xbox Experience. Now those of you that also happen to subscribe to Netflix may have noticed something else. Upon trying to stream certain movies, you may have been greeted with a message stating that the film you are trying to watch is currently unavailable. Here’s the least surprising part of the whole thing. All of the movies which are currently unavailable happen to be from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Coincidence?

Lets see, what motive would Sony have to pull their catalog of films from being streamed to the Xbox 360? That’s right, they don’t want owners of a competitor’s product to enjoy it any more than possible. We know this to be true, since all films in question are still available for viewing via your PC and other streaming devices, just not the Xbox 360.

This really only makes Sony look bad. For them to pull their catalog of films right as the NXE is being launched is just plain underhanded. They’ve obviously known that their movies were going to be streamed to the 360, so why wait until now to pull them? So the question now is if they will ever allow their catalog to be streamed to Microsoft’s console. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Netflix To Stream HD Movies To Xbox 360 Owners Next Month

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When the New Xbox Experience launches next month, 360 owners will have the opportunity to stream Netflix movies to their console. This is something we’ve known for some time, and is honestly one of the things I look forward to the most regarding the dashboard update. However, it seems that they’ve been holding out on us.

Not only are we going to be able to stream Netflix movies on our Xbox 360’s, but we’re going to be able to do it in HD. When the NXE goes live on November 19th, Netflix will also be launching their HD streaming service, which will work with the 360. According to sources, there will be over 300 movies available in full HD when the service launches. If you don’t have a Netflix account already, I’d highly suggest signing up and taking advantage of this.


Netflix Sees Half A Million Blu-ray Subscribers

By Luke Anderson

The battle of the HD formats ended quite some time ago with Blu-ray coming out on top, but how well is it doing? Well we recently learned that Netflix was going to begin charging a $1 per month premium to all Blu-ray subscribers due to high costs and a lower demand than expected. Well the online rental giant has released figures on just how many users are taking advantage of their Blu-ray offerings.

It seems that over 500,000 customers are getting HD movies delivered to their mailboxes on a regular basis, which accounts for around 5.7 percent of their 8.7 million subscribers. I suppose that isn’t too bad of a figure, though it shows us that DVDs aren’t going anywhere for quite some time.

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Netflix To Charge $1 Premium For Renting Blu-ray Titles

By Luke Anderson

I still haven’t upgraded my movie collection to Blu-ray, for several reasons. First, only in the last year or so have I finally rid myself of every last VHS tape in the house, and don’t really feel like moving on to a new format. Second, Blu-ray players are still too expensive to justify the purchase of one (I have no desire for a PS3). Finally, I’m happy paying less per disc when I go to purchase a new movie. One alternative to skirt around the last issue has been to just rent movies from Netflix and avoid the premium. However, now it seems that you’ll need to pony up some extra cash every month for that privilege.

Netflix has begun sending users who rent Blu-ray titles an email stating that they will be imposing a fee of $1 (plus applicable taxes) per month. No, that extra dollar isn’t going to break the bank, but it is a sign that Neflix hasn’t made back their investment into the format. Recently, Netflix CEO Barry McCarthy stated that only a fraction of subscribers rent Blu-ray titles. Sounds like I’m not the only one that’s holding out on upgrading.

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Mac Users To Get Streaming Netflix Movies Before The Year Is Out

By Luke Anderson

I’ve been a Netflix subscriber for around a year now, which means I watch a lot of movies. When they started letting me watch streaming movies for free, even more of my time was spent watching movies. That is until I switched over to a Mac. See, the Netflix player has this one tiny requirement, which is that you have to use it inside of Internet Explorer. That’s bad enough on a Windows machine (Firefox all the way!), but damn near impossible on a Mac (unless you happen to also be running Windows inside of it).

Well it seems that the guys over at Netflix have heard the cries of the Mac-loving community, and are hard at work on making their software compatible with Apple’s OS. According to a recent announcement, you will be able to stream movies to your Mac by the year’s end.

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