Netflix was first introduced to the PS3 in November 2009, since then it’s gone on to become the worldwide top device to steam Netflix directly to your TV. PS3 beat off competition from other consoles, smart TV’s and internet enabled set-top boxes.
On the PS3 giving its user first experience on new Netflix features Phil Rosenberg, Senior Vice President of Business Development at SCEA, had this to say:
“PS3 first introduced Netflix in November 2009, and since then it has become a primary development platform for the Netflix streaming experience, giving PS3 owners early access to many new features that come to other platforms later. For example, PS3 was the first computer entertainment system to offer Netflix in full 1080p video resolution with 5.1-channel Dolby Digital Plus™ surround sound and to offer post play, second screen controls, on device sign-up, and alternate audio options including subtitles. PS3 is currently the only platform to experience a new voice user interface called “Max” that’s currently being tested.”
Sony promise not to stop there, Phil writes, “Our joint development will continue to produce innovations that further demonstrate PS3 as the true home for entertainment in the living room.” An example of this is earlier this year when they brought Netflix to the Vita in the US. Like with Vita’s YouTube app, it’s nice to see that Sony is improving the quality of the services on their devices.
Although no figures were given for Netflix member connecting through PS3, the total amount of members on Netflix stands at a pretty cool 30 million. Another impressive fact given was that the amount of total streaming hours on PS3, at times, overtook the PC to temporary become Number 1 platform overall. Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, had this to say about the partnership between Netflix and Sony.
“PS3 is our largest TV-connected platform in terms of Netflix viewing, and this year, at times, even surpassed the PC in hours of Netflix enjoyment to become our number one platform overall. PS3 is a natural fit for Netflix in terms of developing and first deploying our most advanced features. We can transparently update our application with new features on a daily basis, and through the free PlayStation Network, people around the world can sign up for Netflix directly from their PS3.”
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Source: PS Blog US