Netflix Streaming on PS3: Coming Soon

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Uh, holy crap? As prayed/predicated, Netflix streaming will be available "later this year" on the PS3. Like the Xbox 360, it'll be free with the $8.99-a-month plan. Unlike the 360, you'll enable Netflix via an "instant streaming Blu-ray disc."


Apparently, the free disc activates the Netflix mojo via BD-Live, in what must be the best use of BD-Live ever. At least until the next major system update, you'll have to load up the disc every time you want to use Netflix. But you'll be able to pick out movies or throw stuff into your queue using an onscreen interface, so there's no going back to the old-school days where you had to add stuff to your queue on your computer before strolling over to your Xbox and TV.

Pop on over to Netflix to reserve the disc now—I have a feeling there's gonna be a huge demand crush for them. [Netflix, Sony, Thanks Kyle B!]



This is great news for Netflix, certainly, but one wonders why PS3 streaming hit before Nintendo Wii. Wii has a user base of at least 52.5 million sold; PS3 has only ~28 million. Reed Hasting's goal is to get enough people using Netflix Streaming to create a "virtuous cycle" whereby studios will no longer be able to hold back licenses for their most popular DVD titles in the face of increased consumer demand. The PS3 along with the XBOX 360 are both huge leaps in that direction, but if I were in his shoes, Wii would be the ultimate prize.

I imagine it would have to be either some kind of technical limitation with the Wii, or someone, somewhere holding up the deal. One wonders.