Netflix on PS3 and Wii is Finally Disc-Free!

More than likely you have heard of a little – I mean HUGE – company called Netflix. Yes, the company that runs on ingenuity and has made thousands of movies, TV shows and documentaries available via mail and instant streaming. While they are still mailing out movies and TV shows, it’s nothing compared to the amount of content that is streamed instantly every hour of every day.

Some of the different platforms through which a person can stream instantly include game consoles, streaming players, Blu-ray players, HDTV, DVRs, mobile devices and home theater systems. You can learn more about that here.

Over a year ago, Netflix decided to capitalize on gaming consoles.  Instant streaming was first available on the Xbox 360 via a software upgrade, and the feature was later brought to the Wii and PlayStation 3 by mailing out discs, upon request, that would allow access to Netflix instant streaming. This all changed recently, though, as Netflix has made a native application available to both PS3 and Wii owners.

The PS3 Netflix interface is very user friendly, intuitive and simple. The movie icons are on the right, while the menu is on the left. Finding a movie to watch has never been easier as flipping through titles takes no time at all. You will be able to browse through hundreds of titles within minutes.

You also have the availability to go through five “menus” including Suggestions for You, New Arrivals, Genres, Instant Queue, and Search.  Netflix instant streaming on the PS3 also boasts certain movies and shows available in 1080p HD, 5.1 digital surround sound, and the availability to watch a good portion of films with subtitles.

Below are some steps that you can take to get Netflix instant streaming up and running in no time so you can watch your favorite movies and shows.

To utilize instant streaming via PS3:

“Connect your PS3 system to the internet. Sign-up for or sign-in to your free PlayStation Network account. Go to the PlayStation Network section of the XMB then select “What’s New”. Click on the Netflix icon to download and install the Netflix application.”


To utilize instant streaming via Nintendo Wii:

“Go to your Wii menu, download and install the Netflix application from within the Wii Shop Channel, and follow the on screen instructions to connect your Wii to your Netflix account.”

To utilize instant streaming via Xbox 360:

“If you have these, go to your Xbox menu, download and install the Netflix application from within the Video Marketplace, then go http://www.netflix.com/Activate to activate your device.”

If you are a Netflix subscriber, then you know just how awesome Netflix really is! The fact that you can now instantly stream thousands of movies, TV shows, cartoons,and documentaries through multiple gaming consoles without the hassle of waiting for a disc to come in the mail, keeping up with the disc, and having to take a game out of the console every time you want to watch a movie is another reason why Netflix is slowly putting other movie rental places to shame. I’ve had my Netflix account for over two years and will continue to enjoy it.

Netflix currently offers several plans:

  • $8.99 a month: 1 DVD out at a time+ unlimited instant watching
  • $13.99 a month: 2 DVDs out at a time + unlimited instant watching
  • $16.99 a month: 3 DVDs out at a time + unlimited instant watching
  • $23.99 a month: 4 DVDs out at a time + unlimited instant watching

For more about Netflix or instant streaming, visit the Netflix website.