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Netflix on PS3: Disc-free Next Week

Greg Peters's Avatar Posted by VP of Product Development, Netflix

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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ALABAMA24 said:

October 14th, 11:16 am

Hello that’s some great news can we get a time frame when this is going to go live on monday please thank’s and again GREAT NEWS PS3 FTW. yesss

MeltTech said:

October 14th, 11:17 am

Can you browse and add movies that are not for instant viewing? The PS3 app is much more pleasant looking than Netflix.com

plaztiksyke said:

October 14th, 11:21 am

Will the audio bitrate be determined dynamically, like the video?

What is the maximum DD+ bitrate for 2.0 and 5.1 streams?

Does this also mean a higher tier of video bitrates beyond 3.8mbit/sec for 720p content?

I’ve been pretty happy with the video quality (when it’s encoded from an HD source and not DVD), but the current audio quality makes dialogue unintelligible at normal volume about half the time.

Can we configure the app to update our PSN status with what movie/show we’re watching?

oG_KILLA said:

October 14th, 11:22 am

Thank you guys, this will beat watching Windows Media now.

srojas1980 said:

October 14th, 11:27 am

Will they have subtitles or change of language feature?

GhostAce22 said:

October 14th, 11:29 am

nice love it

Superstrokey1123 said:

October 14th, 11:32 am

Hi guys, Could you speak with the folks at netflix and get them to add some stuff to the Canadian netflix to help at least approach the US one?

Also can you also ask them about the Instant que option for Canada?


SlackerTD said:

October 14th, 11:36 am

@LordRaoh: Yes, the Blu-ray remote is supported (wife prefers that over the controller). I know our selection in Canada isn’t that of the US, but there’s enough movies/TV shows/anime to keep me entertained for some time to come. :)

Hatemachine76 said:

October 14th, 11:36 am

My only problem so far is the picture ratio is off on some movies. Tried to watch (500) Days of Summer and it was HD but filled the 16×9 screen when the movie is really supposed to be 2.35:1 (letterboxed). Only way to watch it in correct format was on my pc connected to the same tv but it only runs in low def.

that-acmilan-guy said:

October 14th, 11:37 am

so, anything else with the firmware or just netflix?

Spyroluver88 said:

October 14th, 11:37 am

@ KillerDante or anyone else who can answer..
“BTW I am also loving that Free ‘Midnight Movies’ on PSN every Saturday night”.

What?! Am I missing something? FREE movies?!

El_Velador said:

October 14th, 11:45 am

Will it work in Puerto Rico?

GTerholli said:

October 14th, 11:46 am

How about some new avatars, Greg?

loadstone007 said:

October 14th, 11:53 am

Looking forward to awesome PS3 firmware updates… ;-)

Curtisio said:

October 14th, 12:02 pm

I don’t think it works with Move; please update.

Airwalkinman17 said:

October 14th, 12:04 pm


John_Oval said:

October 14th, 12:04 pm

I know its not Sony’s fault…but the Canadian Netflix sucks. There are hardly any good movies or tv shows on there at all and there is no reason for it!

bern-ie2 said:

October 14th, 12:05 pm

Netflix in Canadain Ps3’s, – does it have 5.1 surround and 1080i allready ?
And does anyone know if or how to get a Netflix Widget App for Sony Bravia HDTV’s ? model is (KDL60NX800)

Deathalo said:

October 14th, 12:06 pm

Amazing! Not only does the new app look great, but 5.1 surround AND 1080p… my dreams come true. I thank you, and so does my home theater!

Otsego said:

October 14th, 12:08 pm

Will PS move support be implemented?

bizzythakid05 said:

October 14th, 12:09 pm

add more content to canada netflix please !!!!!!!!!!!!

arnoldmcguire335 said:

October 14th, 12:21 pm


now this is a good option for now when it comes to watching Disney shows on PS3 (since the shows are not yet available in the PS Store). if they were available there… I guess?

headstone said:

October 14th, 12:23 pm

It has been available (at least in Canada) for 3 weeks!!! I have been watching since day one when the service was launched here as have my kids on their ps3s

x3AM said:

October 14th, 12:29 pm

AWESOME. Thank you. Finally a feature ive wanted for awhile.

Just get cross game chat going, and i will be one happy owner.

kayo04 said:

October 14th, 12:29 pm

awesome stuff this is why i love my PS3 keep on bringing the awesome updates and stuff like this

jeff_rigby said:

October 14th, 12:31 pm

Both Netflix and Lovefilm use the Widevine cross platform player/DRM app. For more info goto widevine.com

On Monday a Icon will appear and you can go to the PSN store to download the Widevine “thin” player/DRM inside a Sony shell. The first time the “Thin” cross platform player (read Javascript UI) connects it will download the javascript UI from Netflix.

UI Icons for the Netflix player appear to be larger than Lovefilms, possibly for touch screen Cell phones and other small screens.

Mosh_Pit said:

October 14th, 12:33 pm

Will it also be available in Canada? Cause there is Netflix for Canada already.

Ageguyera21 said:

October 14th, 12:33 pm

There’s something very important I need to know. Will I be able to open my XMB and be notified if I receive a message through this new interface?

korchie44 said:

October 14th, 12:38 pm

This is great news! I can’t wait til next week :D

corpocannibal said:

October 14th, 12:43 pm

Let me guess. It will never reach Portugal, as usual.

zKAPOWz said:

October 14th, 12:46 pm

uummm, yeah, i’ll probably subscribe to netflix now.

the real question is when is Hulu Plus making its way to PSN?? thought that was supposed to happen months ago.

craigercsm said:

October 14th, 12:50 pm

That’s cool but what would be cooler would be adding Google TV to the PS3. Also making a PS3 Slim with Google TV and a HDMI input.

Blackhawk_III said:

October 14th, 1:23 pm

Its about time that i can watch Netflix on my ps3 without the inconvinience of using a disk

Destiny89 said:

October 14th, 1:26 pm

So sad you guys in US got so many great movies, here in Canada the service dosent have anything worth watching

TarenShaw said:

October 14th, 1:32 pm

No support in europe :(

ShadOforce said:

October 14th, 1:41 pm

It’s about time! xD

DarkShadow10209 said:

October 14th, 1:49 pm

Oh yes great!!! no disc of Surruound!!! Thx Sony!!

TallCrowe said:

October 14th, 2:09 pm

Great news. I’ll be happy to toss that disc.

Lord_Ka1n said:

October 14th, 2:11 pm

nice. but we got charter on demand.

not sure if that does 1080p though. even if it doesn’t its not worth the extra cost.

jqtaxpayer said:

October 14th, 2:59 pm

Nice — this makes things a lot more convenient.

D-Squad3 said:

October 14th, 3:12 pm

Awesome, no more disc!

Jonnya42092 said:

October 14th, 3:20 pm

Can’t wait!, really looking forward to this


October 14th, 3:24 pm

Not that this isn’t fantastic news but when can we expect a similar overhaul of hulu plus-which is currently only in [preview] mode?!

BG808s said:

October 14th, 3:40 pm

Finally!! The disc and 480p only on netflix via the PS3 were one of the main reasons why I cancelled my netflix account.

Atheist4Jee-zuhs said:

October 14th, 3:49 pm

Will the Netflix app be usable through remote connection for the PSP?

strivinglife said:

October 14th, 3:51 pm

Thanks to all involved on making this happen.

I certainly didn’t mind the disc, but hopefully this news will push more people towards the great service that is Netflix.

KidCommando said:

October 14th, 3:53 pm

Awesome news, thanks for the update!

CornWithHair said:

October 14th, 4:02 pm

This is great and all but… this would be absolutely perfect if you can watch netflix movies in a chatroom like you can on xbox.

acerazer1 said:

October 14th, 4:08 pm

Looks like a solid app now, and 1080p is awesome news.

Congratulations on the promotion to VP Eric.

RandomEarthling said:

October 14th, 4:12 pm

1080p! Are you serious? That is insane. I don’t think I have the broadband to use this feature but it’s hella cool anyways.

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