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PlayStation 3 is the Most-Used Netflix Streaming Device

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PlayStation 3 is the Most-Used Netflix Streaming Device
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Netflix and Sony today announced that the PlayStation 3 now has more people streaming Netflix content than any other device. The statistic take in to account all other game consoles and set-top boxes throughout the world.

“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 No. 1 platform overall,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO. “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.”

Though the Xbox 360 was the first console to offer Netflix’s streaming service, Sony today is bragging that the PlayStation 3 was the first to offer Netflix in 1080p with 5.1 surround sound and alternate audio options. Sony recently made Netflix streaming available on the PlayStation Vita, Sony’s newest handheld PlayStation gaming device.

“The PlayStation and Netflix communities both share a strong passion for high quality entertainment,” said Jack Tretton, CEO and President of SCEA. “Netflix provides a fantastic experience for watching TV shows and movies on PS3, and our joint development will continue to produce innovations for our customers that further demonstrate PS3 as the true home for entertainment in the living room.”

This news begs the question of why PlayStation 3 owners are streaming so much Netflix. Sony only last month announced that PlayStation 3 sales have hit 70 million units, catching up to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sales. While Xbox owners have had Netflix streaming for longer, however, a subscription to Xbox LIVE is required to access the service on Microsoft’s console, explaining the PlayStation’s Netflix prominence. As for the Wii, which “won” the last console generation in terms of unit sales, the number of Wii’s collecting dust next to another console probably accounts for it’s lower Netflix streaming rates.

PlayStation 3 is the Most-Used Netflix Streaming Device
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  • name

    fix the title

  • Track

    I don’t know anyone with a PlayStaion 3. PlayStation, maybe.

    I mean seriously, dude…it’s the FIRST WORD of the TITLE of the article. Tell your editors to wait ’til the end of the day to spark up.

  • http://neosimian-sapiens.blogspot.com Neosimian Sapiens

    My wife and I watch Netflix on her PS3. It works well, but most video-playing software on the PS3 have the same problem: if you bump one of the analog sticks it goes into Fast-Forward mode. Since the controller is put down while watching, it’s very easy to bump the stick by mistake.

    If the PS3 is the king of Netflix, I’m guessing it’s not because of its user interface.

  • Granite

    I got the PS3 partly because I was in the market for a blue ray player and at the time blue ray players were still somewhat expensive and within $100 for the cost of a PS3. I figured might as well get it and then I can play some games too.

    Basically I bought the PS3 as a blu-ray player that can play games so it was only natural to use it for netflix.

  • Andrew Rossmann

    There is a key sequence where you can display the quality of the Netflix feed. Over the past few weeks, PS3 users (see thread on AVS Forum) have noticed that X-High/HD, which is 1080p, has disappeared. It’s also affecting other devices. The highest that seems to be available now is High/HD, which is 720p. It looks like either Netflix is screwed up, or is cheating their customers.

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