Netflix Goes Disc-Less on PS3 October 18th, 2010!
Canadian PS3 users up north got lucky if they owned a Netflix account when Netflix debuted on September 22th, 2010. Unlike the US, they got a Netflix applet on their PS3 and were able to use that to watch movies versus American’s having to use the Netflix Blu-Ray disc. The Official US PlayStation Blog broke news this morning that starting next Monday (October 18th, 2010) American’s will be getting a digital app for Netflix for their PS3′s. The digital app will come with a highly revamped interface that will make searching easier and playback of desired media much faster as mentioned in the blog post. In addition to that, PS3 users will get the privileged ability to watch some TV shows and movies in 1080i, have Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound, and subtitles on a lot of media. Below is the fully quoted press release from the Official US PlayStation Blog:
“Netflix on PS3: Disc-free Next Week” by Greg Peters, VP of Product Development, Netflix
If you instantly watch movies and TV shows from Netflix on your PS3, here is the news you’ve been waiting for: starting Monday, October 18 you’ll be able to instantly watch movies and TV shows without inserting an instant streaming disc into your console.
In addition to eliminating the disc, there is a new user interface that brings a much richer and faster browsing experience, content search directly on the device, and dramatic improvements in how fast playback starts.
There is even more good news for PS3 owners: starting on Monday you’ll be able to instantly watch some movies and TV shows in 1080i high definition, listen to Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound, and view an increasing portion of our content library with subtitles. This will bring the home theater experience right to your living room and make instantly watching movies even more enjoyable. Here’s a news release from Netflix and Dolby with details.
Check out these improvements and continue to enjoy watching TV shows and movies streamed from Netflix.“
[Images are from the Official US PlayStation Blog and Netflix]