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Movie rental service coming to PS3

by Steven Williamson on 26 October 2009, 09:12

Tags: Sony Computers Entertainment Europe (NYSE:SNE), PS3

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The US-based Netflix service, which has been available to Xbox 360 Gold subscribers for over a year, will be available to PS3 owners shortly.

Sony has signed a deal with the online DVD and Blu-ray Disc rental service to allows PS3 users to stream movies through their consoles at no extra cost, other than their current Netflix subscription of $8.99 a month.

"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."

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 organised 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 www.netflix.com/ps3 . Upon availability, the instant streaming disc will be delivered for free by first-class mail, generally one business day after members request it.


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How much will the movies be, that is the question.