Netflix is a service where you can order movies and programs either mailed to your address on DVDs or download them via the internet. It costs about nine dollars a month.
I have been using my computer for streaming video, but want to get streaming video from Netflix on my TV and was considering either a PS3 slim versus Microsoft's xbox--which does just that. Because it wasn't clear if the PS3 could download the Netflix and time was limited, I ended up buying the Xbox because, unfortunately, I didn't get a response in time.
The PS3 only recently got the ability to stream/download from netflicks so that might have been why you didn't get and answer. Too bad to since you could have been getting blu-rays in the mail as well as streamed movies with that console over the 360.
I think the netflicks disc that's required to be in the console for netflicks playback is just an average CD and the only reason it even exist is because it was their way around breaking their exclusivity deal with Microsoft early and not being able to get sued for it.
I don't have a 360 so I can't compare the two but as far as liking my PS3 is concerned, I couldn't see myself without it. I use it on a daily bases because of it's conveniences and the fact that I rarely watch tv/cable. I'm heavy into downloading (avoiding commercials in the few tv shows I do like to watch) and it's nice that I can do so from the comfort of my couch and they can be saved directly to the PS3s HDD. The games are addicting, blu-ray movies are beautiful, and it's just a great all around media center.
To use Netflix streaming on Xbox 360 you have to pay for an XBox Live Gold account -- $40-$50/year on top of what you pay to Netflix for the service. Sony's PSN gives the ability to stream Netflix movies for no charge above and beyond the Netflix charges. (Similar to how you have to have a Gold account to play games online on Xbox, but there's no charge for online gameplay for PS3 games).
I'd suggest creating a new topic for that question. I don't know the answer and the chances of someone with that answer stumbling in here are slim. I'd assume it could but the PS3s web browser is pretty gimped for some sites.
As far as I researched, you can't stream VOD movies directly to a ps3. But you can use a pc through a website called "Playon" to your ps3. http://www.playon.tv/playon. It has a 2 week free trial, then a one time fee around $20. discounts available. I used it last night, but it was kinda "jerky" because you have to have a great internet connection (a min of 1.5mbps for standard movies and min of 2.5 for Blu-ray). I would say if you have a high speed internet connection, you should be good using this method.
Some of the Blu-ray dics have the ability to go on the internet and play certain content, via Blu-ray java. The people who came up with the Blu-ray standard, said that all devices that have Blu-ray players in them must able to go on the internet. Since Sony didn't incorporate the Blu-ray Java in their cross bar, the Netflix folks made a Blu-ray disc that takes advantage of this. If you had a Blu-ray burner, you could actually place a Blu-ray Java web browser on a disc. This way you could watch Hulu for free, and not play Sony anything for watching regular TV shows.
I am a Netflix subscriber and use my PS3 - 60 gig to watch movies, the movies are around DVD quality. The only complaint that I'm having, is about my PS3. There are way too many people on the PS3 forums complaining about their PS3's being bricked after updating their systems. This covers the 1st released PS3's all the way to the newer PS3 slims. There seems to be a problem with the updates, so I'm waiting to update mine.
The question was, does Amazon Video on Demand work using the PS3 console. As December 25, 2010, the answer is no. The question was not how great Netflix is, or why you have PS3. Thanks and Merry Christmas ADD Nation...
Other Ways to Watch Amazon Video On Demand on Your TV- Your XBOX 360 will play Amazon Video On Demand videos that have been downloaded to your PC. If you have a Windows Media Center PC connected to your TV, you can watch your downloads on the TV using Windows Media Center functionality. Watch Amazon Video On Demand by connecting your PC directly to your TV.
I'm also curious, now that some streaming VOD content is available fee to Prime members. Is there any way to watch Amazon VOD content on Xbox 360 or PS3 aside from having to purchase the paid versions of TVersity or PlaOn?
I have both the xbox 360 and the PS3 and a netflix account. I will always watch netflix through the PS3 mainly because how damn loud the xbox is. When I am gaming its not a big deal, but in quiet movie scenes its a very noticeable difference for me.
I'm convinced playon's jerky performance is design flaw and not based on connection. I gave it a whirl twice over the course of two years and was extremely disappointed with its inability to perform as promised. Also, it had an occurance of occasionally glitching up the transcode somehow so the playstation was just screaming high pitched jibberish audio that hurt the ears. IMO, PlayOn is a great idea, somehow poorly implemented and never delivering a service one could claim as "reliable" or even really "functional."