Netflix for PS3 Going Disc-free, Getting 1080p

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scabbynacker

Jox,

How on Earth is Netflix going to convince a Canadian cable company to stop being greedy?  How do you have such a fundamental lack of understanding of how the world works?

 

I'm just glad Netflix on the PS3 is finally allowed to go discless.  It's my understanding that Microsoft had a disc-free exclusive contract with Netflix?  At any rate, it will make switching between the 2 a non issue.

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Jox

Some people just don't understand subtlety, so here's the hammer:

I am not suggesting that the responsibility to fix this lies with Netflix, but it IS their problem.  The ISP/Television providers have a conflict of interest that begs for more government regulation (especially when the bastards start pulling crap like Rogers did with their reduced service levels).  As long as we have to deal with these underhanded practices, Netflix wil not catch on (in Canada) with any significant consequence.

According to Sony, there are roughly 1.5 million PS3 consoles in Canadian homes.  Take away all the systems that, for whatever reason, cannot/don't have wired access to the internet (using wi-fi to stream HD video is problematic at best).  Then subtract the people who already have a movie service through their cable/satellite provider.  Then subtract the number of people who simply don't want to pay for Netflix.  What remains is further adjusted due to the stupidly-low bandwidth caps in Canada and what you have left is a pitifully small market share of Canadian PS3 owners who will pay for a monthly subscription to Netflix.

THIS is why I say it's Netflix's problem.  No, they cannot convince Canadian cable companies to "stop being greedy".  However, until this happens, they're boned.

-Jox

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Skrýmir

There isn't a whole lot Netflix can do about your ISPs bandwidth caps, that's completely out of their hands. The only thing they could do is have an option to stream the video at lower qualities. I thought 250 GB a month was an acceptable cap on my end until I got OnLive which on Top of Netflix leaves me with a decision between an Hour of Gaming in 720p or a movie in 1080p a day. Netflix wins most of the time in that toss up. You're probably only going to be able to use their Mail service, which from what i hear about the Canadian Postal service is awful and i pitty you.

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Caboose

"You're probably only going to be able to use their Mail service"

I'm not sure that service is available in Canada

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windbane

Been using the HDD based app since Netflix became available in Canada last month, works great, and is pretty easy to use, although the selection of movies and tv shows available are pretty lame right now.

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Jox

What is Netflix doing about the bandwidth cap that's preventing me from signing up in the first place?

When Netflix announced it was coming to Canada, Rogers Television (one of Canada's largest cable providers) anounced changes to 3 of their low-tiered (read: affordable) packages, effectively reducing the already low bandwidth caps by another 20 to 30 percent.

Essentially, the guys who sell the internet access don't want competition for their television interests, nor do they want the increased traffic on their network.  Conflict of interest?  I think so.

-Jox

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Caboose

"What is Netflix doing about the bandwidth cap that's preventing me from signing up in the first place?"

Netflix isn't going to do anything, as they have no control over any limitations that your ISP puts on you. I feel your pain though as I was once a Rogers customer. But after a year of garbage service, and a hell desk that couldn't find their ass with a map, gps and a tour guide, once the contract was up we canceled all Rogers services. They overload their networks and over charge for sub-par services.

Aside from switching ISP's (Bell or Telus?) there's not much that can be done...

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Jox

"Netflix isn't going to do anything, as they have no control over any limitations that your ISP puts on you."

 

Yes, well, that was kind of the point I was making.  Until these issues are dealt with, I don't see Netflix making much of a dent in the market.  ISP's (especially those that are also a television/satellite provider) need to be regulated with an iron fist as they have proven themselves to be incapable of fairly regulating themselves.

-Jox

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Ebenezer1989

Finally i can get rid of the disk!!!!

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sparker781

Now if they can just do something about the terrible selection, I don't understand if they offer Netflix streaming why aren't some of the first run movies on DVD available for streaming, just seems like a waste

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JohnP

Since the PS3 can upconvert a DVD movie to 1080P and pumps out HD audio, I use it for my DVD player.  Ialso stream stuff to it. Having 1080P netflix will be GREAT as that is the only reason that I do not use their streaming service as it looks so poor compared to even a DVD.

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Hutif

Finally, I can get rid my my Netflix disk and, more importantly, I can use my second PS3 (which has a broken disk drive) for streaming movies and tv!

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bbarker3

I agree with Hutif. I recently bought an 80gb PS3 model for $25 (Awesome right?) with a bad blu ray laser. So I figured once the disc-free rolled out, could put the PS3 in the livingroom until I fix the laser and keep my 360 in my room. Wahoo!

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sammy_sam

Same boat here...another bad blu-ray drive.

 

I thought Netflix said it was only streaming 1080i, not 1080p? Some sites report 1080i others 1080p. Good either way.

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