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So a couple of minutes ago I received an e-mail that Netflix on the PS3 has gone disc-less.
Finally, the news that many have been waiting for… no not Xross-Game-Chat. Starting next week the PS3 is being freed from the clutches of requiring a Netflix disc for all your watching pleasures. In addition to this change 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, even
1080i1080p on select videos. Also a good portion of the content will now include subtitles.
Netflix is an online movies/TV shows store, which allows you to watch instantly (it’s their slogan) movies via online streaming. For a ridiculous monthly fee, you can watch as many movies you want, without any restriction, as long as you stay a registered member. When you register, you get the first month free (a trial), and after it’s $7.99 (CAN)/month to stay registered. My local video store rents movies for $5.99 each! As long as I watch at least 2 movies a month, I save money using Netflix over my local video store!
Netflix is available since last Wednesday in Canada. It is supported natively on the PS3, along with a few other devices: PC, X360, Wii, iPod/iPhone and iPad!
I’ve already watched 3 movies this week and I’m impressed by how fast the movie starts; buffering is, at most, 5 seconds. The image quality is good on a HD television. I guess it’s somewhat a little better than a DVD, but it’s not as good as a BR-disk.
We’re still waiting for Netflix to go disc-less, but in the meantime, the service providers have delivered on the UI improvements like they promised. To make content finding much easier, Netflix has added a quick search option to help you out.
This option has yet to reach the Wii, while the Xbox 360 will get it by November.
Coming this Fall, Canadians will get to enjoy the streaming services provided by Netflix. That’s thousands of movies at your fingertips (including Starz Play, which has a handful of newer movies). Personally, I love the service and feel it’s worth the subscription price. Currently, there are no plans for a disc-based service, though, but the streaming capabilities could be included for consoles as well as PC/Mac and other Netflix-enabled devices.