One of the hassles of streaming Netflix movies and TV shows on your PS3 is the fact that you need to insert a disc each time, because the software isn’t natively supported on that console. All that will be changing this fall. Netflix announced today that it is hoping to have a built-in application for the PS3 before too much longer. What is also of interest is that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings also mentioned that the PS3 interface would be “dynamically updated continuously with the latest Netflix UI improvements”.
Could this, then, be the definitive Netflix streaming device? The Xbox 360 version of Netflix’s streaming app seems able to be updated only through a version update of the Xbox’s software. If the PS3 can dynamically update the application, that could make way for a more user-friendly viewing experience a lot quicker than they can provide one through the Xbox 360. Although, to be fair, the experience on Microsoft’s console is far from horrible, especially at the moment since it doesn’t require any form of media to operate.
Also mentioned by Hastings was the fact that Netflix would like to broaden out in their ability to stream television shows. Because there is a new console streaming competitor in town in the form of Hulu, this would probably be a great idea. I was pleasantly surprised to find the likes of Farscape, Veronica Mars, Babylon 5, Bones and Arrested Development all recently added, among many others, to their television lineup. Here’s hoping the trend will continue.