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It was mentioned here earlier that the Wii would be geting streaming support with Netflix. That system is now Live for use.
Ah yes, another Netflix article! The 360 has had Netflix integration since November of last year, and it was very limited in terms of capabilities. Now the PS3 and the 360 offer about the same service, but with the PS3′s online service being free, there’s no prerequisites like having to be a Gold member. Ever since then, though, I had always hoped the PS3 would get Netflix integration as well. Though it’s not integrated into the XMB (yet), Netflix finally made it to the console.
The above video is a walkthrough of Netflix on PS3. On my previous video, I was comparing the time it took to load up certain aspects of Netflix on both the 360 and PS3, which had very similar results.
This time around, it’s basically a complete walkthrough of Netflix on PS3, including what you can do in the browser. I also fixed my autofocus, so it doesn’t constantly get blurry, which helps a lot, but the picture quality isn’t all that great :/. I’ll get an actual camcorder one of these days! Anyway, onto the review itself.
For starters, the one downside is really just having to use a disc to watch the instant streaming movies. It’s no big deal, since you do the same to watch Blu-Rays and other DVDs, as well as play games. Integration will be nice, though. You may also want to keep track of where the disc’s sleeve is, since they send them out in the same kind of packaging as their regular DVDs and Blu-Rays (with different markings, such as the PS3 logo, etc.).
As far as managing your lists on the PS3 web browser, it is possible, just a little limited. You can’t use any of the drop down menus, so you can’t really choose a specific genre, but the most popular ones will show up on either the Browse DVDs or Watch Instantly pages. From there, you can browse through those and add movies like that. To add movies to the Instant Queue, you first have to open the movie’s page, since the drop down for the “Play” button doesn’t show. on that screen, the “Add to Instant Queue” will be available. You can also search by title on in the search field if you have a specific movie you want to watch and/or rent. For more options and browsing capabilities, nothing will beat the PC, though. Hopefully Netflix will have a PS3 portal on their website in the future to make the other options available.
Loading up the disc is relatively quick, though, it takes about the same amount of time to go from system boot to the program being loaded up on both the 360 and PS3. The disc does take a while longer to load, but the 360 takes a while longer to boot up, so it comes to about even. The disc itself enables BD Live functionality to access the streaming. On initial use, you must enter in the code the disc will give you onto Netflix’s website, and they will pair up with one another and the disc will automatically recognize it so you can start streaming after it’s been enabled (this is standard for all Netflix-enabled devices).
After walking outside to check my mail, I noticed a few Netflix movie envelopes. I proceeded to casually pick them up until I saw PS3 written in that iconic Sony font right on the side of one. I ran back inside, completely ecstatic with joy! Into the living room, up to the television, and … nothing. I still haven’t purchased another PS3 after my last one YLODed on me. Ouch….
Anyway, I decided to take the liberty of posting a few pictures here for everyone’s enjoyment. Behold!
This is taken straight from the slip for the disc:
To watch instantly:
1. Place this disc in your PS3™ system.
2. Your choices will automatically be displayed.
3. Play any movie or TV episode you want.
I can’t wait for someone to post a review!
I just finished making this video, but it compares the time it takes from starting up the system to being able to view playback of a movie. For the PS3 running off of a disc and then streaming the video, the time lapse is really close, at least within 1 second. Even the selection of the video to actual playback is close, with the 360 having a slight 3 second edge.
Both streams are the HD stream of the cult comedy classic The Big Lebowski. They may be different scenes, but that’s not really going to affect streaming time all that much. The only differences between the two is that the 360′s is currently integrated into the Dashboard of the 360 and also has a party mode.
XMB integration will be coming next year, so that could shave a few seconds there. As far as the Party view goes, almost sounds like this Sony patent is rather comparable.
One thing, as mentioned in the video, the PS3 has a huge one up on is being able to go onto the PS3′s browser and search by title to add to both the DVD queue and the Watch Instantly queue, so being able to manage both queues would be made easier from the comfort of your living room there.
Apart from that, both are, indeed, pretty much the same in terms of browsing the lists of movies, rating them and watching them. Of course, the only real difference is just the layout. The 360s service uses the same setup as the Dashboard and the PS3′s is more proprietary to Netflix. When XMB integration hits next year, I’m sure that would be more proprietary as well, and will probably be its own program like Home or Living with PlayStation.
Now the question is, if you use the 360 solely for Netflix play, is the party mode really worth the extra $4 or so a month?
I just received this notification, via email, from Netflix:
It wasn’t too long ago that I posted the story on the soon-to-be available service, and it’s looking like they’re getting these streaming discs to us pretty quickly!
For those not in the know, the Streaming Disc will be required until an XMB implementation becomes a reality (which is, apparently, late next year, probably due to contractual obligations with Microsoft). Stay tuned sometime next week when I review the Netflix service on PS3!
Also, the email has the Big Lebowski as an example to add to my Instant Queue, so a big thumbs up there, man