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Netflix shipping PS3 instant streaming discs

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2009

Netflix shipping PS3 instant streaming discsPS3 users have been waiting for this one for awhile while their Xbox 360 buddies have been streaming Netflix since July of last year and bragging about it. But now is your time Sony fans. PS3 instant streaming discs are now being sent out to Netflix users who have requested them.

It’s either this or wait for an XMB software update late next year that will let you stream Netflix to the PS3 disc-free, which is how it should be.

Netflix streaming hitting Nintendo Wii next

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on October 28th, 2009

wii-sb1It’s not rocket science. First it was Microsoft’s Xbox 360, then the PlayStation 3. Now Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” is coming to Nintendo’s Wii. At least that’s what the word is, according to StreamingMedia, who has an undisclosed source that has confirmed that Nintendo is currently testing Netflix streaming on the Wii. And that it will be available “very soon.”

Hopefully that means before the holidays, but it could mean anything. If you have a Wii, you are used to waiting anyway. Waiting for better games, waiting for a better storage option, waiting for something better than 480p…

Netflix Streaming coming soon to PS3

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2009

Netflix Streaming coming soon to PS3You’ve been praying for it and now at long last Netflix streaming will be available “later this year” on the PS3. Just like the Xbox 360, it will be free with the $8.99-a-month plan. But with the PS3, you’ll enable Netflix via an “instant streaming Blu-ray disc.”

The free disc will activate Netflix via BD-Live. You’ll have to load up the disc every time you want to use Netflix for now. You’ll be able to order movies and do all of the other stuff right on screen without having to do it on your computer first.

Sony BDP-N460 video streaming Blu-ray Player with Netflix for $250

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on September 9th, 2009

Sony BDP-N460 video streaming Blu-ray Player with Netflix for $250The BDP-N460 is the Sony Blu-ray player we’ve all been waiting for, but it’s missing a few important things. The most important being Wi-Fi. For $250 it streams video through Bravia Internet Video and that includes Netflix. In place of Wi-Fi, it features “specially designed” software for Linksys’s $100 Wi-Fi dongle. Ummm, that’s just not right Sony.

Once you add the $100 for the dongle, it’s about the same price as other Blu-Ray players on the market that actually have Wi-Fi.

Xbox 360 the only console to stream Netflix

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 11th, 2009

Xbox 360 the only console to stream NetflixSorry PS3 and Wii, no Netflix streaming for you. Today we learn that Netflix streaming won’t land on Sony’s PlayStation 3 or Nintendo’s Wii (Not counting PlayOn). Ever. How do we know? Because at the bottom of Microsoft’s details on today’s Xbox LIVE update, it now states that Netflix Watch Instantly integration is now an “exclusive partnership,” with Microsoft.

It even says that the “Xbox 360 will be the only game console to offer this movie-watching experience, available to Xbox LIVE Gold members who are also Netflix unlimited plan subscribers.” Who knew that the Microsoft guys had the foresight to lock things down so quickly? Netflix could still find it’s way to other consoles in some form, but this sounds pretty definitive to us.

Netflix instant watch on iPhone?

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2009

Netflix instant watch on iPhone?Rumor is that Netflix is going to let iPhone users get in on the fun of streaming movies via WIFI. Users would love it of course, but how would they do it? The iPhone doesn’t support Flash, so it’s probably not going to be a web portal.

Netflix could develop its own app and do it all itself we suppose. How do you think AT&T would feel about users watching video on its wireless network without paying though? We would be surprised if this one panned out anytime soon.

Sony adds Netflix streaming to BRAVIA sets

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on July 9th, 2009

Sony adds Netflix streaming to BRAVIA setsYou will now have access to Netflix on Sony’s line of Internet-ready Bravia TVs. Newer sets come with built-in support while older models will need the add-on Internet Video Link. You can Watch Instantly and stream movies or TV shows straight on your set, though we aren’t sure if the footage is in HD or not.

The update will be available later this fall alongside competing services already live for Sony’s TVs, including Amazon Video On Demand and Sony’s own movies. Sets already have access to non-commercial video services like Crackle, DailyMotion and YouTube as well as radio from Slacker.

Xbox Live: 1080p Zune video store, Netflix browsing, Twitter and Facebook

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009

Xbox Live: 1080p Zune video store, Netflix browsing, Twitter and Facebook integrationAt E3 today the big M announced a bunch of upgrades to Xbox Live. The biggest news is the relaunch of the video service, now Zune-branded with 1080p instant-on streaming content in 18 countries. XBL will also now integrate with Facebook, which is great news for all of you social butterflies out there. Your Facebook account can be linked to your Gamertag, and games will support Facebook Connect for sharing online content.

That’s not all. You’ll also be getting Twitter and Last.fm. Yes, these updates are huge. There’s more. Netflix users will now be able to browse the entire catalog instead of just loading their queue, and since Microsoft has gotten its Party Watch system down, you’ll be able to diss videos with your online friends.

Microsoft adds Netflix streaming to Windows Media Center

Posted in Microsoft by Shane McGlaun on May 21st, 2009

wmcnetflix-sbNetflix has been around for a while now with its mail order movie rentals. The service proved so popular that it has put a serious crimp in the rental business of some of the big players like Blockbuster. Netflix also offer a 12,000 title streaming library.

The streaming Netflix library can be accessed through set top boxes like the one from Roku and some Blu-ray players. Netflix also boasts a million installed users for the streaming application on the Xbox 360.

Netflix Blu-ray movies arriving cracked and unplayable

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2009

Netflix Blu-ray movies arriving cracked and unplayableThat’s what seems to be happening with a small group of subscribers who are claiming their discs are arriving with small cracks on the outside edges. They say it’s happening repeatedly. No one is sure what is causing it since the Discs have an extra coating to prevent scratches on Blu-ray.

It could be the automated mail processing machines, manufacturing defects or maybe postal carriers are playing Frisbee. The Mars Box blog experienced this issue back in ’07, but over the last few months reports are picking up again. It’s too bad the extra costs that customers are paying can’t go toward tougher packaging, but Netflix told Wired the problem is “infinitesimally small” and changing shipping wouldn’t be cost effective.

OMG! Netflix Streamed Kenny!

Posted in Netflix by Shane McGlaun on April 6th, 2009

southpark-sbI used Netflix for a while before I realized getting a new movie the day it comes out is about likely as a perfect credit score in today’s economy. It would take weeks to get a new film and by the time it was finally available I would have rented it at my local movie store anyway.

When Netflix started offering streaming movies and TV shows with its subscriptions things got a bit more interesting. Netflix and MTV Networks announced today that they would be streaming popular programs including South Park from Comedy Central.

Netflix raising rates for Blu-ray subscribers by about 20 percent

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2009

NetFlix raises Blu-Ray rental fees by a dollarNo doubt, this will upset a great many of you, but Netflix is raising the price of Blu-ray rentals again. You might remember, Netflix already implemented a $1 per month fee for Blu-ray customers in October. Now it wants to raise it even higher, by around 20 percent across its pricing structure.

It should hit April 27th and is only applicable to BD customers. According to the company, this is all due to having to buy more titles on BD to “accommodate the increasing number of Netflix members who prefer renting movies on Blu-ray.”

Netflix coming to PS3 and Wii?

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2009

Netflix LogoIt looks like despite some denials from Sony in the past, a survey is being conducted to gauge the public’s interest in streaming movies and TV shows to their game console. The service on PS3 might require a one-time purchase of a $9.99 “Netflix Instant Streaming Disc” that would be inserted to stream video, but otherwise the cost would be free.

The survey asks which is your favorite console, then if you’d be interested in this service. Seems like the Wii would be a natural contender as well. At any rate it looks like it is coming our way soon. You can check out the survey below.

Samsung BD-P1600 Netflix streaming Blu-ray player shows up

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Samsung BD-P1600 Netflix streaming Blu-ray player shows upSamsung’s new value priced Blu-ray player has been overlooked in favor of other better equipped players, but that doesn’t mean it’s not out there and being spotted at retail stores. This one was spotted on a Best Buy shelf.

Supposedly Blu-ray player prices will be dropping across the board, and it looks like Samsung is positioning the BD-P1600 as one of their lower-end models. $300 may not be dirt cheap but Netflix subscribers will probably like the unit. However wireless networking requires purchasing a Samsung USB accessory that isn’t released yet and BD Live requires at least 1GB of external storage.

Netflix may have streaming-only subscriptions next year

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on February 20th, 2009

Netflix may have streaming-only subscriptions next yearNetflix CEO Reed Hastings says that by late this year or in 2010, Netflix might let users get rid of the red envelopes and subscribe just to their streaming service. Reed realizes that in order to maintain their current level of success, it has to “nail” the streaming aspect.

Most of us envision streaming becoming more popular in the coming years. It’s faster cheaper and it’s great for them if they can strong-arm studios into providing new releases for download. There was no talk of pricing, but Netflix has always been pretty fair.