Netflix on PS3: Disc-free Next Week

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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.

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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 1080p 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.

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  • Norway++ please :)
    it’s really boring to read news upon news of features on a console that can only play games outside of america and the UK.

  • Best news I’ve had in a while considering my ps3 won’t read the netflix disc. Now if i can only get Sony to finally fix my Ps3, they have had it for almost a month.

  • Finally. Now let’s hope there’s no interruptions while streaming!

  • What will be the impact on the existing PS3 Store? I’ve always enjoyed using that for movies and TV.

  • I forgot to ask: I’ve got 2 PS3’s. I only use the disc on one obviously, but with this new update that’s coming out 10/18, can I download Netflix to the 2 PS3’s?

    PS Sorry for the double post.

  • Wow- about time! Seriously, I was getting tired of using my other console for this. My home theater setup has the ps3 and the other console in a separate cabinet behind the tv and inserting the disc just to watch the ps3 didn’t make the experience good at all. I hope they incorporate some new features and/or make it similar to the other console’s experience.

  • @50 There’s the European PS Blog, you know? Your PSPlus is better than the US one too

  • that sounds very cool I cant wait because im selling my xbox 360 tommorow or saturday or sunday hopefully for a PS3 Cause I already have my netflix disc for my PS3 but now I cant wait for next monday to just watch it off the PS3

  • Is there going to be an option to change aspect ratio on non-HD videos when watching on a HD screen? I don’t watch stuff if the image is stretched to fit the widescreen when it was designed for fullscreen.

  • In response to #44 Bluenoodle

    As it came to Canada a few weeks ago, I just checked for you. There isn’t any Move support. So unless there is a patch before it hits the US, you won’t be able to navigate the menus using Move.

  • Fantastic! I have been waiting on this news since October 1 rolled around. Thank you Netflix and Sony.

  • That is Fan-freaking-tastic!!!

  • Awesome, awesome news. I have been thoroughly happy with Netflix on the PS3, and this just makes it better.

  • @54 I have two PS3s, and I can stream two movies at once, one on each, with my one PSN and Netflix account (I am in Canada, so I have had the app for a while now).

    I also noticed that my wife shares my Netflix account when she logs in under her PSN account.

  • Looks like I may stop watching Netflix on the 360 and go to the PS3. Great new features for the PS3.

  • Remote Play?

  • Now if we could get some content on the Canadian version, I’d be in love.

    The experience is pretty great already, but the library available in the US would be amazing.

    I know this is the fault of the CRTC, and not Netflix, but it’s still annoying. Fight harder Netflix! Throw some chairs around!

  • This is AWESOME news!! Now I can watch The Office much easier and quicker! Thanks Netflix and thanks Sony!

  • Canada FTW!

  • Sweet. Hey, can anyone confirm or deny the rumors that Google TV and Android OS are coming to PS3? (this would absolutely make my day)

  • Great if you don’t own a PC and took you guys long enough. Seeing my buds in Canada online had it for a bit. Now what’s the release date of GT5?

  • This is FANTASTIC! Can’t wait!

  • @ 56
    There is an EU blog i know. Nobody listens there either… It’s actually a UK blog which means EU for Sony.
    Only way to watch movies on a PS3 in Norway++ is going outside and renting a blu-ray.
    …and yes – the year is 2010. Who knew…

    Don’t get me wrong – I love the gaming experience – but when it comes to films – it really shouldn’t be this difficult to give customers what they want… Did i mention the year was 2010? :)

  • Netflix streaming sans disc coming next week.

    Netflix 5.1 surround sound coming to PS3 next week.

    PS3 Surround Soundbar coming next week.

    …I see what you did here. :-)

  • 1080p FTW!

  • @69 Why would Android OS come to the PS3? It has its own OS.

  • Hazzah! said the man with arms akimbo!

  • FINALLY!! Definitely excited for this and I really like the new look. Can’t wait to give it a go next week.

  • I want to know how many subtitles will be available for movies and tv series? Like spanish, frensh, english or portuguese?

  • This is great news. Could someone post a link to the actual Press Release? I do not see it in the media page, unless it is buried in Q3 results. I would definitely like confirmation of dolby 5.1 as this has been missing for some time. Though, I believe it is due to the codec that Netflix uses for instant. An actual link to a Press Release from either Dolby or Netflix would be much appreciated. Again, I am very happy about this announcement

  • This is awesome news! I have been dreaming about this for a while now. If only they can release a Skype app now my dream would be complete.

  • Great News! Can’t Wait!

  • Yeeeeaaaaassssss! Finally I won’t have to keep transporting my Netflix disc from one PS3 to the next aaaand I won’t have to keep disc swapping between gaming and Netflix-ing. Yeeee-haaaaa!

  • @ 39
    The PS3 has been upscaling since some time in 2007.

  • “Everyone, do yourselves a favor and just go watch Black Dynamite right now on Watch Instantly.” I love that movie; the best spoof ever! “I threw that $#!% before I walked in the room!” Lol!

  • Weird. My avatar is set to the 15 year anniversary thing, but my last Raven one is showing up. Huh.

  • I really appreciate you guys updating us with this information. This is amazing, I’ve been waiting forever after abusing that pesky disk. And I love the new interface. I was hoping that they would make it more stream lined like the Canadian interface or like LIVE. Personally, I like this more than the LIVE interface on the account it displays more and allows easier access to everything without digging.

  • I’m not signed up for netflix but if i sign up no will i need the disc or will it be part of a firmware update so the icon appears on the PS3

  • Yes!!! Finally.

  • i meant now

  • Awesome! I’ve been looking forward to this.

  • Yay! I can’t wait!

  • I just wish you could view the content with out having to be a member.

  • Yeahah!

  • moonvest u dumb canadian welcome to last month? lol welcome to few yrs back we have had netflix in america for yrs now and over a yr on the ps3 so nice try think before u get owned again

  • I have lost my gaming spirit. My 360 is just there unplugged collecting dust. My PS3 is just a Netflix box.
    Have I out grown video games?

  • Awesome news….I was excited about the 5.1, and the faster interface looks beautiful!

  • Yes!!! This is awesome!!! I hate changing the disc! Thank You.2

  • Is it coming in a new firmware??
    if so are there any other features included??

  • I missed Eric’s videos :P <3

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