Ah, it's about time! One of the major stepping stones that has kept most households from jumping onboard the Netflix train was the disc requirement for the playback of movies and TV shows on Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii consoles. This is no longer the case. Now you can use Netflix Streaming, sans disc, via a free downloadable update and chuck that annoying extra step into the trash bin.
You'll immediately notice upon installation the PS3 version of Netflix Streaming has been updated, removing the previous tab-based UI.
We tried out both systems and while we believe versatility is good, we take pride in emphasizing quality whenever possible. In this case, the PS3 wins out hands-down. Mainly due to the fact that the Wii's resolution is limited to standard definition video streaming, the PS3 takes the lead in terms of quality with Dolby 5.1 surround sound and 1080p support, which is unheard of, even for the new Apple TV's standards.
For PS3 users: To get this update, you simply go to the Video menu in the XMB, locate the Netflix entry, and select it to download the update. No firmware update is required.
We started using Netflix on the PS3, desktop, laptops and iPods for a week now - all have which delivered a super duper convenient experience that we could recommend for anyone looking to declutter their lifestyle. No discs = win. And at $9 a month Netflix, it certainly trumps paying for cable any day.
[Via PC World]