Netflix streaming coming to Sony Bravia TVs, not PS3

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jaw04005, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003

    Sony Joins Growing List of World-Class CE Manufacturers That Enable Netflix Members to Instantly Watch Movies Streamed to the TV via the Internet

    LOS GATOS, Calif., July 9, 2009 – Netflix, Inc., (Nasdaq: NFLX) the world's largest online movie rental service, today announced a partnership with Sony Electronics that will enable Netflix subscribers to instantly watch movies streamed from Netflix on Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video-capable HDTVs and on previous BRAVIA models compatible with Sony's BRAVIA Internet video link module.

    In the fall, Netflix members on an unlimited plan can use the Sony BRAVIA Internet Video-capable HDTVs to instantly watch more than 12,000 movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix.

    Sony is the latest consumer electronics (CE) company to partner with Netflix. Other CE companies partnering with Netflix are Microsoft (with the Xbox360), LG Electronics, Roku, Samsung, TiVo and VIZIO.
    Netflix members pay as little as $8.99 a month for unlimited streaming from a library of more than 12,000 choices and unlimited DVDs by mail from a library of more than 100,000 DVD titles in more than 200 genres.
    "Sony has been a world leader in consumer electronics for decades," said Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings. "We are proud to include Sony Electronics among our CE partners who continue to provide new and exciting ways for Netflix members to instantly watch movies and TV episodes in their living rooms on their TVs."


    I just don't get Sony. I really don't. Bravia TVs? OK, fine. Why leave your gaming console out of the agreement?
  2. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    Because Sony isn't as tight nit as Apple in the sense the right hand has no clue what the left is doing. The Bravia development team has no clue what the PS3 team is doing and vice versa. I'd put my money on the fact that this is as big of a surprise to the PS3 department as the rest of us.
  3. MattSepeta macrumors 65816


    Jul 9, 2009
    375th St. Y

    AHHHH. I was actually hoping that PS3 would gain netflix compatibility!! I cannot decide if I want to get a ps3 to watch blu-rays and dvds on my bedroom tv, or another 360 to watch dvds and net flix streaming. This does not help at all. :confused::confused::confused:
  4. jaw04005 thread starter macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Seems like a major oversight to me. I think the Bravia TVs even use the PS3's XMB interface.
  5. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    Sony want s you to have to buy the Bravia link thing to connect the internet to the TV. It's about MONEY.
  6. jaw04005 thread starter macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    It sounds like it's about protecting the current business model of the PSN store.

    Here's the PlayStation division's statement:

    "We are always looking for ways to enhance our video entertainment offerings through PlayStation 3. Currently, our video download service, available through the PlayStation store, boasts over 1900 movies and 9000 TV episodes, making it a leader in the field. We have established content partnerships with industry leaders such as MTV, Comedy Central, Spike TV, Starz, Showtime, NBC, Universal Pictures, Nickelodeon and VH1. All of this is in addition to PS3's Blu-ray movie playback capabilities, streaming video capabilities through PS3's built in Internet browser, and its full suite of game offerings makes PS3 the ultimate entertainment machine for the home.

    In regards to Netflix coming to PS3: We are always looking for content providers for PlayStation Network, but wedon't have anything to announce at this time."

    Let's see, $8.99 per month for unlimited Netflix streaming via the XBOX 360 or $3.99-$4.99 per movie rental on the PS3's PSN Store and Apple TV.
  7. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    I use my PS3 to stream Netflix, Hulu, CBS, ESPN etc... If you have a Windows based PC it can use a program called "Playon" that works as a type of media server and over wireless your PS3 will see it and it works rather well :). I think you can try it for 14 days free then it's like $30 dollar, one time fee to continue.
  8. dmm219 macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2008
    Your forgetting the $50 a year one must pay for Gold XBOX LIVE membership. Not a big deal if your already a big online gamer...but to compare apples to apples, you have to include this cost as well.

    Netflix on 360 for a year minimum:

    $8.99 X 12 = 107.88
    $50 Gold Fee (can be obtained for less however, on ebay)

    Total = $157.88

    Thats roughly equal to 40 movies off or Itunes per year.

    As always, its a question of how much you watch...if you watch less than 40 movies per year...iTunes is cheaper... won't find as many movies you want online with netflix (however will do have access to them via mail if you don't mind waiting)

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