Disc-Less Netflix for PS3

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Looks like there's some relief coming from PS3 owners with Netflix subscriptions--Joystiq reports that sometime before October a new version of the interface will allow Netflix viewing without the disc.

I'm curious how many people out there are using game consoles to stream Netflix. I know I just watch them all on my computer, but I can see how it would be handy.

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Bill Loguidice
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I can't see it being

I can't see it being convenient on a PC unless your PC is hooked up to your TV, otherwise one of the three consoles or a dedicated set top box (like the Roku) is the best way to go (though I don't personally care for the SD-only and capped streaming on the Wii). Of course nothing beats the PC for configuring your Netflix account. It also makes sense on the iPad, and supposedly there's an iPhone version coming soon too. That combined with the Slingbox software that allows me to watch my home cable TV and DVR anywhere I am, will pretty much have me set for mobile TV entertainment.

Personally, I mainly stick with streaming Netflix via the Xbox 360, because I have two hooked up to two of my three active TV's. Certainly if/when it becomes discless on the PS3, that will suddenly become a great option too. I know I enjoy watching MLB.tv on my PS3 and that's partially due to it simply being a menu option via the hard drive.

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I watch it on our xbox360,

I watch it on our xbox360, and it's really convenient. I find it much easier to go on the computer and ad it to my queue than to try and find it through the xbox. I wish they will add EVERYTHING to their online streaming instead of just the ones they have. A lot of the titles they have online aren't very interesting to me.

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There will be more and more

There will be more and more added to Netflix's library. They only recently (less than a few months ago) hammered out a deal to stream more with some of the big movie studios. But the deal was they would stream them later. Netflix would let the brick and Morter (Disc) places have them for a month before netflix, so they could generate some revenue that way.
Netflix is starting to flex its muscles and can uses some of its #1 status to broker better deals. But there is an upside and a downside to all this. Netflix is pretty much the only game in town (yes there are several competators but none in the league of Netflix, just also rans). If it gets to be the only game in town it could get ugly. I seldom worry about that as if there is a Market microsoft will get into it ( hehe just a joke).. err sombody will get into it.

Right now they say as much as 20% of all net traffic is Netflix (it was 13% just 6-8 months ago). I am guessing there is going to be some kind of "problem" eventally from this if it keeps growing, and it should in my opinion.

I was a beta tester for the Roku box back in late 07 ish (and a loooooooong time Netflix user, hence I got to beta the box) and I love the little thing. Iknow in the last 2 years Im pretty sure I have watched more Netflix thatn I have cable (and we have the everything pack 40 Movie channels and a bazilion channels nobody watchs (I mean.. really, who watchs some of that stuff?). I have been on the fence for about a year on Cable TV, its part of a package deal with internet so sadly lowering my cable (since i have an everything pack) will actually raise some parts of my service.. In the long run its a much better deal with less, but cutt9ng out stuff raises my internet (seems cheap for them to do that, but its how its done).

I do use my 360 sometimes, but its a launch one and I hate pressing my luck on a RROD. So my PS3 got used (but the disc was a pain). I havent used either much since Oct when the discs came out.. maybe 2 hours on the 360 (the roku on the other tv is on all the time). I would get another Roku box in a heartbeat if my TV had the Inputs, I prefer it to the 360/PS3.. but a PC, 360, PS3, Wii, Cablebox, PS2 and one last componant for (insert game system of the past here) I just dont have one to spare full time.

Bill Loguidice
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I have the same issue, Clok.

I have the same issue, Clok. If I don't take the full cable package (including all the movie channels I don't watch), I'd actually end up paying more. This despite the fact that I pretty much never watch those movie channels and watch lots of Netflix (tend to mostly watch on the Xbox 360 and occasionally on the PS3). We have the one BluRay disc out at a time Netflix plan. I've considered going the streaming only route, but there's not a significant enough savings. I may still, though, because there are times when we'll literally have a movie sitting on our shelf for a month or two before watching it!

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Matt Barton
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I haven't ever paid a cable

I haven't ever paid a cable bill in my life and don't ever see that changing. As far as I'm concerned, unless you're big into sports or other live TV events, Netflix is the way to go. Whatever they don't have that you "must" see can be downloaded on a torrent.

Netflix is a BIG change if you think about it. It's amazing, even. Consider that before services like it, we were pretty much at the mercy of TV broadcasters and Blockbuster. The former meant being force-fed endless stupid, irrelevant commercials, and the latter meant stressing over due dates and dealing with a limited selection. Cable has always been a lose-lose in my opinion. Pay upwards of $50 just to watch endless commercials and hundreds of stupid channels. Netflix - watch what you want, when you want, and zero commercials. All that, and it's much cheaper than cable! I mean, this is a serious no-brainer.

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I watch extensive Science

I watch extensive Science Channel, Discovery, History, Planet Green, Comedy Central and National Geographic, among others. Christina watches extensive HGTV, Food Network, etc. The girls watch Nickjr, Nickelodeon and various other kids channels. So we definitely need cable, even if some of that is available on alternative services like Hulu or much later on on things like Netflix. I'd rather pay than go to the effort of torrenting everything, added to the fact that I can at least in theory properly support the things I enjoy watching. It's the whole piracy thing all over again, really. They entertain me so I should reward them with the system(s) they have in place so that continue to entertain me.

I'd be perfectly fine dropping the movie channels completely though if I could, but like I said, it's not practical because of the way Comcast rigs their packages. The ONLY thing I really ever watch consistently on a movie channel is Penn & Teller's Bullshit! on Showtime, and their seasons are relatively short. Christina does occasionally make use of On Demand, though, but I believe she'd be just fine if she just had Netflix.

By the way, my cable bill is about $231.00 every month, which includes my Internet, phone and cable, along with the two HD DVRs. Pricey, but I consider it as important as my electricity bill.

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clok1966
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Well Bill just made me feel a

Well Bill just made me feel a little better about my cable bill. I pay $169 for cable and Hi Speed interent (that is rouhgly average speed wise compared to rest of USA) no phone, but that is only $19 more a month if I wanted it. Mine also includes 3 HD DVR's.

I must agree, I dont watch much, but If i do go on a "bender" i can get hooked on some stuff. I love the discovery channel, but if you watch it alot you tend to see most of it and like sat radio it start to repeat (on non live stations). They are always adding new stuff so its not as bad as i sound, but I do start to see repeats. My roomate loves the Food channel (ex Chef) I know he watchs it more than anything else.. can be awsome as he cooks some amazing stuff and always overdoes it so there is some for me if I want. Right now with Torrents and Netflix, my TV viewing is almost non exsitant. I watch DEXTER on showtime (bue even that I find hrd with Football, so I torrent it also). really I watch Football (addict) and Nascar (only the cup cars, not the 10 other wanna be series cars) that basicly takes every Sunday of the year, otherwise I should simply not have cable.

lately My addictions where (torrent) Walking Dead (loved the comic)and the show is excellent, if way to short! 6 shows!
Dexter (every season has been great IMHO). and right now on netflix im addicted to PSYCHE.. all the 80's refrences, the old 80's stars that show up, and its fairly funny sometimes. (first season was ok, it got much better after). I have watched Sancutary (not to bad), Erueka, Dr WHO (the new ones are pretty dang good), and a few others on Netflix. Lots of anima stuff, but when i was younger I liked it all, now Im a bit more chosey. The good stuff overshines the otehr alot more nowdays with so much to pick from, When in the past you had so little you enjoyed the crap even.

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I've been wanting to watch

I've been wanting to watch the walking dead show, too. I read almost all the comics (had to stop with the most recent ones as my finances collapsed). Do you think they'll show up on netflix, or should I just torrent them?

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torrent it, to good to wait
Matt Barton wrote:

I've been wanting to watch the walking dead show, too. I read almost all the comics (had to stop with the most recent ones as my finances collapsed). Do you think they'll show up on netflix, or should I just torrent them?

the Most successful thing AMC has done, I'm sure you will see it on Netflix soon enough...Myslef I couldnt wait, had to torrent it. I reread the whole comic series (so far) after watching the TV show. Its not the same, but so far they have kept the parts of the comic that made it great and not just another zombie show.

Once you watch it let me know, as I would liketo discuss some of it.. some characters are changed (or so I think?) and so on.. some that where introduces way into the comic, show up right away, some are completly new, and ONE main one (show) is 100% new as far as I can tell and complete cliffhanger.

Speaking of comics, PREACHER is suposedly going to be a movie (again).. I myself cant see it happening as its nothing the good old USA would let happen (religion plays far to much a part of it, in fact the central theme, we just dont do that kind of stuff with religon in the USA). I cant believe Cyclops (xmen movie) was going to be PREACHER (sorry, just dont work for me, thnakfully not anymore). For those of you who dont read comics and are interested. Stephen King even said The Dark Tower was inspired by PREACHER, so you know its a good comic (grpahic novel!).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preacher_(comics)

Another great one (movie maybe too!) Y the last man... Great book, great ending

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You can definitely do well

You can definitely do well ditching cable & satellite if you don't watch live sports. Otherwise, get used to those $100+ bills (and getting worse every year).

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