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PS3 becomes top Netflix device in the world

Netflix boss Reed Hastings says that PS3 is the top overall platform for Netflix viewing

Sony's marketers will enjoy this one: Netflix is now saying that PS3 is its number one platform overall. The Sony video game console is apparently "the primary development platform for Netflix and is the world's most popular device for viewing movies and TV shows from Netflix on a television."

"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 Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings. "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."

"The PlayStation and Netflix communities both share a strong passion for high quality entertainment," added 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."

Netflix is available on all the consoles, but its usage on Xbox Live does require a paid Gold subscription, whereas on PS3, owners don't need to pay anything. Sony also partnered earlier this year with Netfix to bring the service to its Vita handheld. PS3 owners who also have a Vita can begin a movie or TV show on Netflix, pause it, and then continue watching on Vita if they wish.

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Netflix is now saying that PS3 is its number one platform overall. The Sony video game console is apparently "the primary development platform for Netflix and is the world's most popular device for viewing movies and TV shows from Netflix on a television."
Apple iPad?
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James Brightman Editor in Chief, GamesIndustry.biz4 years ago
@ Kevin, #1 TV-connected platform is what they're saying I think.
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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis4 years ago
"Netflix is available on all the consoles, but its usage on Xbox Live does require a paid Gold subscription, whereas on PS3, owners don't need to pay anything."

Surprised Netflix hasn't had Microsoft change this based on the back of BBC iPlayer being available to all.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd3 years ago
It was my primary Netflix box as well up until two weeks ago. Now I prefer the Wii U. The app on Wii U is faster and swapping between the TV and GamePad play is just great. When Netflix is ultimately incorporated into Nintendo TVii Wii U will be even more dominant as my streamed video device.
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Dave Herod Senior Programmer, Codemasters3 years ago
Sony's marketers won't like this one, though: It's the *only* thing I use my PS3 for.

Edit: Sorry, not quite true. Netflix and Blu Ray movies. But I haven't played a game on my PS3 in about a year. Xbox and PC take care of that.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Dave Herod on 5th December 2012 12:05pm

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
@Dave- So, no first party Sony stuff for you, huh? Well, there's always next year i suppose...
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