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Kevin Goldstein

Got mine today and played around with it a bit. Interface is a bit slow and I wish there was a search feature (maybe I missed it -- it was a brief mess around), but the streaming quality overall was fantastic on a 46" 1080p Samsung.

MCW

I also assumed you'd be able to search via the player, but did not see the option either (no instructions, no settings menu? It's definitely not a Roku player...). At least you can see the newly added stuff though, which is something you can't do with your Roku player.

I also noticed flipping through your queue titles one by one is not breakneck fast, like it should be. You can either go one by one slowly, or hit R1 and jump 5 titles ahead, or so, much like you said, Kevin.

The disc seems like a rush job to me... doesn't really take advantage of the PS3's capabilities, although it at least gives PS3 owners another way to watch Netflix movies & TV, so that's great.

I don't know, I think I'll have to test more, with my Bluetooth Blu-ray remote (once I get some new batteries), but for now, I'm not all that impressed. I knew they probably were going to use the same old interface, but they had an opportunity to do something fresh, and failed. It might be better to just wait for the future firmware update.

shetaan819

Since sometime next year, Sony could send out an update to all PS3 machines via ethernet, couldnt they also do this for all PS2 machines as well ?

Is there something resource requirements-wise (processor speed, memory, etc) preventing them from making this available on PS2 or do they simply want people to buy PS3s to have this functionality ?

james

Not all the genres are available, I wanted to watch anime but it doesnt show, also there are only 100 titles under each genre.

Luna Saisho

Having both the Xbox and the PS3, I've been using it on the 360 for ages now, and I have to say that I'm not all that impressed with the PS3's streaming.

Putting aside the interface, watching an SD show is .... bad. On the Xbox, Wall-E played in full screen, with some letterboxing to keep the theater aspect ratio. On the PS3, it showed it in full SD (new phrase lol). Letterboxed on all sides, and no apparent way to expand that to full screen like the 360. Then I tried 30 Rock, episode one, which played just as good on the PS3 as the 360, in full screen clear HD on my 42" LCD.

The problem, and the way I'm sure they worked around the 360 exclusivity deal, is that this isn't a PS3 app as much as it's a Blu-Ray that uses BD Live to make it all happen. I'm sure it makes sure it's on a PS3 tho. This means that hitting O exits out of the player completely, and puts you back at the XMB. Hit Square to return to the menu. The menu isn't as fancy as the Xbox's, but overall it's only better quality is that the disc box images are a tiny bit larger. The only true drawback on the PS3's interface is it isn't quite as easy to select a single episode, but it's not a deal breaker, ladies (30 Rock joke there lol). The interface does offer the same features as the 360, with new releases and a few custom categories that match some of your viewing preferences.

Until there's a native app for the PS3, I'll continue to use the 360 for this.

Now to watch the review here on the site. ^_^

MCW

That's a good question, sheetan819. I've never thought of that... you could even have a streaming disc for PS2 owners.

I never fully understood why there could not have been firmware updates for the PS2, aside from lack of available memory. Again, these are things I know little about, but you know there's some workaround they could have done.

Luna Saisho

Putting it as bluntly as possible, the PS2 is no longer of this generation. This disc uses BD Live to make it happen, so they'd have to program a native app for the PS2... and not very many people have the network adapter for the PS2. You also wouldn't get HD, which is going to be a great big drawback when Netflix Wii comes out.

Chad

My tv is only saying that HD is in 480p. Anyone else?

MCW

My tv is only saying that HD is in 480p. Anyone else? @Netflixhelps (as reported on this very site) says to make sure your PS3 video settings say 720p. This confuses me, as a 1080p TV owner, but I'm just reporting what they say.

Clint Miller

I have previously been watching Netflix on my 52" Samsung tv by streaming through my PS3 via Playon. The quality was pretty good, but it was always slow and unreliable. Also, my DSL internet connection is relatively slow at only 1.5 Mbps.

I loaded up my Netflix disc this afternoon and started testing it out. So far, I am pretty impressed. The disc loaded pretty quickly.The interface was a little sluggish, but that may be due to my internet connection. When browsing through movie titles, you are able to add and remove titles from your instant queue as well as rate titles.

Once you select a title to play, the interface buffers for a minute and then starts playing really good quality video. I have yet to have it need to do any further buffering during a video. And I almost always had that problem through Playon. The interface allows you to move forward and backward through thumbnails of scenes in 10 second increments. My PS3 remote works great with the interface as well (pause, play, ffwd, rew). Pressing the ffwd or rew buttons runs through the scene thumbnails.

Intially, there are a couple of things I would like to see added. I didn't see a way to search for movies. It also doesn't cache the images of the movie titles. So I often had to wait several seconds for it to refresh the images while browsing movie titles (at least with my slow internet connection). When playing a movie, you can stop a movie and them go back and resume at the same spot. But it does not appear to save this data. So once you exit the streaming disc, it loses that information.

Overall I am super pleased with the Netflix streaming for the PS3. Thanks Netflix and Sony!

zac

Will this disk work on any BD Live compliant player?

Art Zemon

I, too, messed with the disc briefly. The basic stuff works pretty well for a first release of the software.

I am bothered that "fullscreen" format shows are expanded to the widescreen format, which makes all the people look fat. The Roku player doesn't do this and the PS3 doesn't do this with fullscreen format DVDs, so its something broken within the Netflix code somewhere.

CJ

I called Netflix to ask if the one disc would activate two PS3 consoles - They didn't know and suggested I experiment.

I have two PS3 consoles (on the same router) and found out the one streaming disc DOES activate both consoles (different activation codes).

Just passing this info on for anyone else out there with multiple PS3 consoles - you don't need multiple discs.

Comet

Hi Art, I'm not seeing the same thing. I'm watching a fullscreen show in fullscreen aspect right now.

Tim S. (Famous Chicken Theatre)

On the bright side, I got the PS3 disc today. Unfortunately, I didn't get my regular queue disc today, even though it shipped yesterday. Bummer.

@CJ - what do you mean by different activation codes? Are those something that show up on the PS3 after you put the disc in, or on your netflix.com homepage?

Jon

So I think that it works all right. Once it finally loads and it does give you an HD option. Maybe it is faster in SD, I haven't tried it yet. It is much faster just to connect my laptop via HDMI to my TV and just do it through netflix.com. It it a decent solution if you don't have a laptop with HDMI, but it is very slow.

Jon

Also I have a 6MB connection so it isn't the connection. It needed to buffer about 10 minutes in. I tried the same movie through my laptop and I had not problems. Good idea mediocre exicution. Though again, if you don' have a laptop with HDMI, I suppose it is better then nothing. A good start.

MCW

@CJ - what do you mean by different activation codes?

I'm not CJ, but I've already done this. Much like with the Roku player, you have to activate it to instantly tie it to your Netflix account. So, when you put in your Netflix disc and start it up, it will show you a 4 digit code. Simply go to Netflix.com at the URL it tells you, on your computer, and enter in the code.

Once you do that, it'll update your queue within 3 minutes, and sync up.

He has more than one PS3, and didn't know if he'd need a separate disc for a separate console. This is interesting, because it seems like you could watch Netflix from your friends PS3 just by having the disc... a nice feature!

Brian K

About the slow scrolling thru your Queue compared to the 360:

I think that is because it loads all the movie info on each transition rather than just the cover image. You only have to press down to get cast and synopsis info. On the 360, that info is a load screen away. So, on balance, it might be faster if you have a large list to scroll through and need to be reminded about the cast and storylines.

And the SD picture has a... different... quality to it. I wonder if the PS3 is upscaling Standard Def programs, giving them a smeared appearance? SD content on my 360 looks fine. The HD content I watched on my PS3 was beautiful.

Brian K

Oh, and I like having a list of episodes when browsing a TV series right away rather than the "See other episodes" method used on the PS3. A little thing...

And, anyone know what the Red, Green,Blue and Yellow square choices that appear on the menu when you press the button do? I pressed one during playback and it said "Saving your choices" and backed me out to the Queue....

Brian K

" because it seems like you could watch Netflix from your friends PS3 just by having the disc... a nice feature!"

I think you are limited to 6 total activations, though, so you wouldn't want to do that with too many friends! (Of course, you could deactivate when you leave....)

And what happens if my disc gets scratched? Will I be sent another?

Sock Puppet

@ Brian...

I think you are limited to 6 total activations, though, so you wouldn't want to do that with too many friends! (Of course, you could deactivate when you leave....)

I don't think that's how it works. I think you are allowed 6 devices period, and then have to call netflix and jump through a few hoops to get one deactivated. Otherwise if folks could simply click on "deactivate" they could easily game the system.

Jesse

Anyone know if streaming to other countries still doesn't work with the PS3 version? I'll find out soon enough as I ordered my disk and it's shipping now to Kuwait.

Mom, :-)

WHO GIVE A FUCKING SHIT!

FUCK THIS

Gran

Jesse, Instant Watching is not available outside the 50 US states. The licensing agreement NF has with the studios/distributors does not allow it.

nqdude

If you're looking for a way to search Netflix content on the PS3, you could try the little web app I wrote: http://nqflicks.com

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Worked well for us -- the resume playing feature didn't save the data, but otherwise, good video quality and nice integration of Netflix.com features.

firstklass

You can deactivate devices with no problem at al via your account management area. Just click on manage instant devices

captain crunch

my friend burned a disc for me and let me log into his netflix account; thank you netflix, i'm streaming for free!

Gregg

I love Netflix & Roku(and this website) & I got my disc a couple of days ago & I was excited to get it & to finally be able to watch Netflix through my PS3. I can now move my Roku(I have 2 & now don't need to buy a 3rd) to another TV & use my PS3 on the TV where the Roku was also connected.

However I'm having a very strange problem & I wondered if anyone else out there is having the same problem I am?

My disc loads just fine & fairly quickly I might add & I can then watch movies from every category with no problems, except the movies from my queue?

It's very strange & I can't figure out why this is happening? I've tried reloading the disc several times but the same thing keeps happening.

When I go to my queue, I select a movie & click play & it appears that it's heading to the movie(it takes a minute or so) but then the screen goes black for a second(it never even starts loading or shows the loading screen) & the disc re-starts & it goes back to the main Netflix screen that you get when you first start the disc.

In other words, the disc resets & starts over as if I just loaded it.

What could possibly cause this?

Any ideas? Anyone else having this problem?

Just to confirm that it wasn't a "queue problem", I went onto my Roku & my movies loaded perfectly, just like they always do...so it is not a Netflix queue problem that I'm having.

Again, every other category(and I love these categories..when will they be added to Roku?) that is offered through the disc, works perfectly & I can select & watch any movie I want...but my queue is not working and causes a complete reset as I mentioned above.

Anyway, I hope that someone out there has some ideas. I've searched the web & haven't found anyone else that has documented this problem yet. Maybe it's just too quick for these type of problems to surface, since they just sent out the discs.

Well, I'll wait to hear from you Netflix experts out there & thanks in advance for your help!

CJ

I should have gotten back earlier to answer questions from my previous post.

What I mean by activation codes for multiple the PS3s is simple: put the streaming disc in the first PS3, note the activation code, go to the Netflix PS3 activation web address, put in that code, then wait for activation, take the streaming disc to your next PS3, note the activation code (which is different for this different PS3), go to the website, put in the code, wait for activation. Now you have 1 streaming disc that will work on both PS3 consoles.

Theoretically, you could activate 6 PS3s this way, however, you can only play one at a time since you only have one disc.

I don't know what the "rules" are for multiple discs - seems to me like no matter what you do, you're still limited to max of 6 current activations on streaming devices, and a max of 4 simultaneous playing on any of the activated streaming devices.

ZeroCorpse

And I still say this is a poor choice when compared to the Roku. The PS3 uses from 95 to 150 watts of electricity (depending on which model you have) while the Roku uses 5 watts.

That extra power adds up. It's bad for your electric bill, and it's not so great for the environment either.

The Roku's also got more channels, a better dedicated remote, smaller footprint, is silent, and is a dedicated device that needs no disc to work.

I just can't see why anyone would use their PS3 (or Xbox 360) when the Roku does it so much better, and cheaper.

Andy

My Netflix disc is on the way, I don't understand why it wasn't just done through a firmware update however, or even an install from the disc, I heard you need the disc every time? I think it could've been done better than that.

dAVe

I don’t think anyone has yet to mentioned the absence of “dots” (transfer speed indicator) during the initial load buffer of a stream to the PS3. For those here that don’t have a Roku (BTW you should still consider getting one), when starting up a stream the initial splash screen not only shows the loading progress bar graphic but also a series of “dot” indicators can been seen to represent the download/stream transfer rate being experienced at that moment in time. 4 “dots” would tell the viewer that maximum CDN bitrate was detected and the best offered picture quality was coming your way. 1 or 2 “dots” would tell the viewer to take a nap before your poorest picture quality title would start to play. Perhaps the Roku is the only Netflix streaming device to actually offer this information. I don’t know one thing about the PS3 BD-Live environment but I would be willing to go out on a limb and speculate that a secret override screen to manually force a bitrate setting won’t be found on the PS3 like there is on the Roku.

dAVe

Other PS3 observations connected to my HDTV via HDMI: When I stream a "HD" title from Netflix, my HDTV reports that it is receiving it in 720p (same happens with Roku). When I stream non-"HD" content from Netflix, my HDTV reports that it is receiving it in 480p (pretty sure that's the same experience with Roku but will double check.) For me, 480p means that my HDTV is now free to mess around with the picture size feature - Normal, Widescreen, Full. Using my HDTV remote, I can quickly change that so it removes any black bars from side (aka Pillars) or top (aka Letterbox).

IMO: All things considered and despite originating source (Cable, Netflix, DVR, DVD, etc.), I find any Standard Def content (480i or 480p) to be nearly unbearable to watch on my HDTV. I don't even enjoy upconverted content on my HDTV. Which explains why I chose to keep my 27" flatpanel SDTV right next to my HDTV. And, yes, my PS3 is connected to both.

reggiepe

I see alot of complaining here for a gift that was given to us. This is something that has been looked forward to for quite sometime. Sony is constantly improving the PS3 console with firmware updates and now allowing us to stream with Netflix. To me...I look at it as an early Christmas present from both. I had the Roku and then sold it a couple of months ago when I heard that the PS3 was going to be able to stream soon. I am glad that I did that. Reason for selling it? Too many devices hooked to my tv and the shelves in the stand were getting overloaded. I am sure that this disk is but a mere stepping stone to the improvements that are around the corner. I do not have a single issue with my new abilities with the PS3. Thank you Netlix and Sony.

Greedo

My first experience was cool, however they really need to change the interface of the available movies. I was looking at the 100 options of new releases and 6 or 7 of them were movies I've never heard of, featuring Jason Biggs.

TV shows, for example, were haphazardly thrown together, and I'd like the stuff available to watch be better organized.

Also, the activation instructions were deceiving. In order for it to work, the netflix.com/ps3 link, you have to make sure you are logged into your account. Otherwise, it just takes you to the "Order a PS3" disc screen.

Lisa

@Ginger Makela Riker

If you use the up direction button on the left side of the controller to exit the movie, it should remember where you left off (in my experience, at least). :)

Anonymous Joe

I was surprised to see that there was an option holder for subtitles. Once we get the update for the XMB what are we suppose to do with the discs? I wonder if Netflix will allow us to send the back for recycling.


@james

Not all the genres are available, I wanted to watch anime but it doesnt show, also there are only 100 titles under each genre.

There is an Anime category.

anon

would I be able to burn the ps3 disc? I'd prefer to have a back up on hand if necessary.

I also wonder what the contents on the disc look like. Say I have linux on my ps3 and extract the files (with proper programs to get around any copy-protection) and run them straight from my ps3 without inserting disc, is this probable? Anybody try yet?

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