Netflix Coming Soon to PlayStation 3

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Attention, PlayStation 3 owners: want to watch a movie streamed instantly from Netflix via your PS3? I’ve got terrific news for you; very soon you’ll be able to do just that.

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We’re excited to announce today that Netflix and Sony have partnered to bring you thousands of movies and TV episodes streamed instantly from Netflix to your TV via your PS3 system at no extra charge. When the application launches next month, you’ll be able to access and watch thousands of Netflix choices directly through the XMB. We think that the nearly nine million PS3 enthusiasts and 11.1 million Netflix members in the U.S. will make quite a match.

If you want to get a head start on your PS3 Netflix experience, you can sign up today at

For more information, check out the press release below (or click here), and stay tuned to the PlayStation.Blog for further updates on the rollout.



With Movies Streamed Instantly from Netflix, Blu-ray/DVD Playback and Downloadable Videos via the PlayStation®Network, the PlayStation 3 System Offers The Industry’s Most Comprehensive Options for Watching Movies and TV Shows

FOSTER CITY and LOS GATOS, Calif., October 26, 2009 – Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) and Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq: NFLX] today announced that they are joining forces to make thousands of movies and TV episodes from Netflix available to be streamed instantly to TVs via the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system. Netflix expects to begin streaming via the PS3 system next month at no additional cost to Netflix members in the United States who have a PS3 system.

Today’s announcement pairs two of the most popular and fastest growing home entertainment brands in the U.S. The PS3 system’s installed base has reached close to 9 million units in the United States, and Netflix recently reported 11.1 million U.S. subscribers as of September 30.

The partnership further solidifies the PS3 system as the most complete home entertainment hub on the market today, enabling consumers to play high-definition games, watch Blu-ray movies, listen to music, view photos, browse the Internet, and download content from PlayStation®Network − from exclusive games to blockbuster movies and popular TV shows. PS3 system owners will soon enjoy an unparalleled experience watching their favorite movies and TV shows streamed instantly from Netflix, downloading from the PlayStation Network or watching Blu-ray/DVD media. The Netflix offering expands on the entertainment experience delivered to PS3 system owners via PlayStation Network.

For only $8.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed to their TVs and computers via Netflix ready devices such as the PS3 system and can receive unlimited DVDs delivered quickly to their homes.

“The PlayStation 3 system has always been about more than just gaming, and it will soon be the only platform in the industry to offer consumers such a variety of convenient options for enjoying movies and TV shows,” said Jack Tretton, president and CEO, SCEA. “Whether you want to watch content on Blu-ray disc and DVD, download it from the PlayStation Network’s video delivery service, or stream videos instantly from Netflix, the PS3 system is the only solution that offers it all.”

“As instantly watching movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix becomes an increasingly popular way to enjoy the Netflix service, our goal is to rapidly expand the devices that stream to our members,” said Netflix CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings. “As a leading game console and Blu-ray disc player, bringing Netflix to the PS3 system is a real win for both Netflix members and PS3 system owners.”

Initially, watching movies instantly streamed from Netflix via the PS3 system will be enabled by a free, instant streaming Blu-ray disc that is being made available to all Netflix members. The free instant streaming disc leverages Blu-ray’s BD-Live™ technology to access the Internet and activate the Netflix user interface on the PS3 system, which must be online via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

Netflix members simply slide the disc into their PS3 systems to reveal movies and TV episodes that can be watched instantly. These titles are conveniently organized into a variety of categories based on members’ personal preferences, popular genres, new arrivals and members’ individual instant Queues. Members can use the Netflix Web site or navigate directly on their PS3 systems to add movies and TV shows to their Queues. With the PS3 system’s Wireless Controller, members can choose a movie to watch from their instant Queues or just play directly from any of the lists. They also have the ability to read synopses and rate movies. In addition, they have the option of fast-forwarding and rewinding the video stream via the Wireless Controller.

Netflix members and PS3 system owners can now reserve a free instant streaming disc for PS3 systems by going to Upon availability, the instant streaming disc will be delivered for free by first-class mail, generally one business day after members request it.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® game consoles, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its digital services which include the PlayStation®Network and the PlayStation®Store.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one® game console, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, and the PlayStation 3 and PSP systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

About Netflix, Inc.

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) is the world’s largest online movie rental service, with more than more than 11 million subscribers. For only $8.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed to their TVs and computers and can receive unlimited DVDs delivered quickly to their homes. There are never any due dates or late fees. Netflix members can exchange DVDs as often as they want using a postage-paid return envelope. Members can choose from a vast selection of DVD titles and a growing library of movies and TV episodes that can be watched instantly. Netflix is partnering with leaders in consumer electronics to bring to market a range of devices that can instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix directly to members’ TVs. These devices currently include Blu-ray disc players and new Internet TVs from LG Electronics; Blu-ray disc players from Samsung and Best Buy’s Insignia brand; the Roku digital video player; Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console; TiVo digital video recorders; and, soon, the PS3 system and Internet TVs from Sony and VIZIO.

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  • Hey, straight from XBL!

    haha, love it.

  • But if i may ask, is this really all that different than what is already offered on PSN?

  • Isn’t needed you already have a video service. Stop being like the 360.

  • wow, this is awesome!
    Does this mean we will get a new firmware update?

  • Yay! Now I don’t need to get a 360!

  • Is it going to be 3.05 update?

  • So awesome i had netflix at a time and love it.I cant wait for this to come to the ps3. suck it 360 lol

  • YES! I was hoping it wasnt gonna be disk based software.. thank you PSN and Netfilx!

  • Yesssssssssssss!! Been waiting for this for so long!

  • Basically this is for the people that already have a Netflix account. Those people can now download moves directly to their PS3 if they so choose.

    If you don’t have a Netflix account, then this won’t really do anything for you, since the PSN Video Store is more than enough.

  • Awesome news!

  • Won’t be long till I can retire my 360!!

  • hmmm…dont care…already using the current service

  • Haha! So you don’t need a Gold account like Xbox Live might need for NetFlix. Score one for Sony!

    Oh and @3, You. Are. A. Moron. Netflix is a great rental service. Did you know that Xbox also has it’s own seperate video marketplace. Yet Netflix is just as successful still. It’s needed. End of story.

  • why not just use the psn catalog and start a subscription service? I’d pay for that in a heartbeat… and I’m a current netflix subscriber!

  • this is exciting!
    yes, there is already video service, but it’s just nice to see that Sony doesn’t feel like that they have to do everything on their own, and offer only that. all about choice and offerings! (now if only they can fix the singstore)

  • Oh no you di’nt!

    Dayum… I bet Microsoft are feeling cheery right now.

  • Awesome, Sony! You guy’s are heading in the right direction, and the console is really turning it to that “Entertainment System” Keep up the great work!


  • Awesome! Any news for Canadians? Soon? :)

  • @3 – it isnt about being like the 360. It’s about having the best entertainment services possible on a piece of hardware that has FREE online access. Chalk up one less thing that Xbox members can brag about.

  • Will this be available in Canada?

  • Awesome I have been hoping this was coming to the PS3. One question though, why not simply have an application that can be downloaded from the PSN store? Instead of having to a disc in all the time?

  • YESS

    This is a great step in the right direction for the ps3.


  • This isn’t available to Canadians, right?

  • good news for all the people that really watch movies…I watch movies every now and then so psn video service is enough for me but this is great news imo

  • @22 USA only, does Netflix even serve Canada? Not sure.

    Awesome news, can’t wait!

  • Stop being like 360? C’mon people, give me a break.

    This is AMAZING news! As a Netflix member, I have been waiting with baited breath for streaming to come to the PS3 and now it’s finally happening! If a PS3 user is not signed up for Netflix already, I highly recommend you do so.

    Big thanks goes out to Sony, Netflix, and all that made this decision happen!

  • awesome news. but why not just update the browser or put it natively on the XMB under the movie section?

  • Don’t know if I’ll really use it, but good news none the less!

  • AWESOME! Thank you for the support Netflix!!

  • Good news, but will become of the current video service.

  • Take that Microsoft

  • So ridiculously happy about this. Heard the rumors that Netflix was coming to another major home theater piece and was really hoping it would be the PS3. I’m going to be using my 360 even less now. So happy that PSN continues the trend of not charging its users extra money for great features. I remember hearing that there were some figures showing a rise in 360 sales due to the inclusion of Netflix to their console, I hope this is mirrored by the inclusion of Netflix to the PS3. Keep up the good work, Sony!

  • Awesome, so the rumors were true.

  • Ooooooooooh ya, finally!!

    Great news indeed!

  • Reserved.

    …I can’t wait! :)

  • Is this going to work in Canada? Haven’t read the whole article.

  • This is awesome news for Netflix customers who didn’t want to spend extra at the PS Store. Though I’d rather pay for an unlimited PSN Video Service *nudge nudge wink wink*

  • haha. now all the things xbox does PS3 does. lol. twitter and facebook through browser,now netflix. im not really into the fanboy stuff but netflix actually made me jealous. but i dont have netflix anymore which sucks lol.

  • I just need to know if this will offer more videos than the PSN Video Store. I’ve been waiting to see some Naruto Shippuuden but it just finally came out this week when they showed it back in E3 or before possibly.

    Also I really hate how I can’t rent every single movie in HD or buy movies that I can rent in HD. I can understand if both don’t have HD but if I can rent it in HD I should be able to buy it.

  • It seemed awesome until the disc part. Do we have to put it in everytime we want to use Netflix? If so, thats HIGHLY inconvenient

  • I love the idea of having Netflix on ps3 as being a subscriber to it but not a fan of needing a disc to use it. Take an example from the 360 and make it available in a firmware update. No disc = More Use.

  • Hells yes.

  • ahahahha 360 is finished. So many good moves made by Sony. Now cross game chat is coming i bet since it was heavily rumored. and to Jeff Rubinstein, where are the dam avatars!

  • Happy news indeed. :)

  • any chance that it will go to Canada as well?

  • o yeah. dexter is the main picture they show.BEST SHOW EVER created. nothing will ever surpass it lol. tonights new episode was awesome. lithgow’s a great actor

  • Now all we need is Cross Game Voice chat XD

  • This is great news. i just recently restarted my netflix account. Ive been unable to buy as many movies as Id like so since im limited I rent them. With this addition I can now let my kids sit still on the couch and watch movies on that instead of hearing them fight over who sits in what chair to watch on the PC.

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