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SCEA to partner with Netflix

We all know that Xbox’s Sky Player has been having issues, but it was recently announced that SCEA will be partnering up with online movie and TV streaming company Netflix sometime next month, there will be no additional charge for current members and the service is $8.99 a month (about £5 at today’s exchange rate.) For the monthly payment you will be able to stream an absolutely thousands of Tv shows, Films and other releases. Jack Tretton CEO and president of SCEA said:

“The PlayStation 3 system 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.”

Whether or not this is a fast and last minute retaliation from Sony towards Microsoft we will have to see when this is released. Another issue would be this currently is only confirmed for the USA, and whether or not we will get this service in the EU or be able to use our American PSN accounts to use the TV service is something that Sony could either do very well with, or make a huge mistake.

For DVD’s and Blu-Ray streaming an “instant streaming Blu-Ray disc” is required, this will apparently be free for Netflix members and “leverages Blu-Ray’s BD-Live technology to access the Internet and activate the Netflix user interface on the PS3 system.” We will just have to wait and see if this can be another selling point for the PS3, or just make the Xbox look better overall.

-Dean Case

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