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Netflix Brings VOD Streaming To Playstation 3 Consoles

US Owners of Sony Playstation 3 gaming console, rejoice as Netflix has announced earlier today that it will add the popular gaming platform to the list of official devices that the video on demand service supports.

The full service will be rolled out in November 2009 but there are no words as to whether Netflix will FINALLY expand the service overseas. Rumours about Netflix's expansion across other platforms have emerged several times and speculation was rampant about which platform would follow Microsoft's Xbox 360.

Users will be able to download an unlimited amount of movies and TV episodes for only $8.99 per month - a price that apparently includes one DVD per month. Netflix has also added that the streaming service will be available through Sony's Playstation Network.

They will however need to insert a Blu-Ray disc which contains the necessary codes/application that validate the PS3 and prepares it for the VOD service which will use the Blu-ray BD-Live capability of the PS3. If you live in the US, you can find out more by going to Netflix's official PS3 page.

SCEA president and CEO Jack Tretton said in a statement that “The PS3 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. 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."

Our Comments

Netflix, do yourself a favour and release this video on demand in the UK. We're furious that US consumers can actually get the likes of Hulu or mail in rebates whereas we're stuck with the same old things on this side of the Atlantic. Still, Netflix is taking a significant step towards becoming the defacto VOD service for current generation platforms.

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