Disc-Less Netflix Streaming Coming to PS3 October 18

Netflix streaming video will be made available without requiring a disc starting Monday, October 18 according to the PlayStation Blog. This has been a long time coming, and it is finally arriving. Xbox Live users have been enjoying this feature from the beginning. With this update, only the Wii will be stuck on disc-based Netflix streaming.

With the streaming feature come some even more welcome announcements. The PS3 will be streaming Netflix in 1080p, with Dolby 5.1 support. The HD options will only be available on select movies/shows, but this list will likely grow soon. Netflix is continuing to add subtitles to its streaming content as well.

Finally, to top off an impressive set of improvements, there is also a new user interface that improves the speed and UI appeal. You’ll also be able to search for content directly on the PS3. You should also notice improved response times for beginning content playback.

These are certainly welcomed improvements. I am looking forward to not having to find that streaming disc when I want to watch a show, or removing the game I’m working on just to watch a movie. I’ll be upgrading on Monday and will let you know how it goes.

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