One of the benefits of accessing Netflix streaming through Xbox 360 are the updates Microsoft and Netflix have delivered to the interface and feature set. The addition of group streaming, genre lists and adding movies from your Xbox 360 were welcomed, and most of those were carried over into the the recently launched disc-based version of Netflix streaming for PlayStation 3. Unfortunately, it looks like PlayStation 3 users will have to become accustomed to that interface for a little while yet.
When asked if Netflix and Sony had the ability to update and alter the Netflix interface for PlayStation 3 users based on feedback, Netflix was immediately coy.
"Late next year we expect to have an embedded solution available for PS3s via a system software update slated for release through the PlayStation Network," said Netflix VP of corp. communications Steve Swasey in an e-mailed statement to me. "Until then, enjoy watching instantly via your PS3 using the instant streaming disc!"
That didn't answer my question, I told him. Can the interface be changed?
"Using the disc is how you’ll watch movies until then," responded Swasey.
I took the hint.
Until Netflix becomes an embedded part of the PlayStation 3 in the latter half of 2010 -- a date rumored to have been picked because it falls after Netflix's exclusivity agreement with Microsoft -- the interface will likely remain the same. Netflix would have to send new discs to make any changes. Right now, it doesn't cost a dime to receive a Blu-ray disc enabling Netflix support on your PlayStation 3.