Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) and Netflix, Inc. today (Oct. 26) announced that they are joining forces to make movies and TV episodes from Netflix available to be streamed to TVs via the PlayStation 3 (PS3) gaming system.
Netflix plans to begin streaming via PS3 next month at no additional cost to Netflix members in the United States who have a PS3 system.
According to Netflix, the PS3 installed base has reached nearly 9 million units in the U.S. And Netflix recently reported 11.1 million U.S. subscribers as of September 30.
The partnership will enable consumers to play high-definition games, watch Blu-ray movies, listen to music, view photos, browse the Internet, and download content from PlayStation Network.
For $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 to their homes.
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 organized into 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 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 http://www.netflix.com/ps3. Upon availability, the instant streaming disc will be delivered for free by mail, generally one business day after members request it.