Sony wants you to see the PlayStation 3 as a complete home entertainment platform and if you're a movie buff, you can't afford to miss out on what Sony's machine provides.
Why? Well, besides the obvious benefit of Blu-Ray, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Netflix have announced they are forging a partnership that will bring thousands of films and TV shows from Netflix into your homes via the PS3. Netflix plans to start streaming in the horde of content (at no additional cost to Netflix members in the US) some time next month, so this new service is right around the corner. You can read the announcement and the full press release at the PlayStation Blog ; it's bound to give more consumers yet another reason to purchase a PS3 this holiday season. With the user base of the PS3 growing to 9 million units in the US this year and over 11 million Netflix members, this seems like a logical and ultimately beneficial fit. For only $8.99/month, Netflix gives you access to unlimited movies and TV episodes, so there's no surprise it's one of the most popular services available today. Said SCEA president and CEO Jack Tretton:
"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."
At first, PS3 owners will need a special "instant streaming Blu-Ray disc" that will be free and made available to all Netflix members. This disc "leverages Blu-Ray's BD-Live technology to access the Internet and activate the Netflix user interface on the PS3 system." Want to get a jump on the fun? Feel free to sign up now and be ready to download to your heart's content in only a few weeks time!