It seems as if the exclusive partnership Microsoft had with Netflix that kept native apps from coming to other consoles is toast. A native PS3 Netflix app is coming on October 18, meaning black box owners will no longer need to use a disc to boot up Netflix (via Destructoid). That's right, disc-free baby.
The arrival of the app has been a long time coming, and while the wait has been a bummer, PS3 owners will get a few special bonuses. PS3 owners, for example, will be among the first to hear their instant streaming videos in Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound and watch select shows and movies in 1080p. At the moment, no other user can watch a show in anything beyond 720p nor can they listen anything other than stereo. That, however, will change with time, Netflix says.
== TEASER ==When the special day dawns, the app will need to be downloaded under the "Videos" section of the XMB. A PSN account is required to log into Netflix, as well as Netflix credentials. The former is free, while the latter will come at a cost if you plan to use the app. You can view the rates here at the official Netflix site.
Sony has busted out a quick hits list for the new features of the Netflix app. In that list it's mentioned that the amount of time to start playback "will be improved," and more more subtitles or alternate audio tracks have been added. Neat.
The Netflix PS3 UI is pretty sleek, though still as art-heavy as its Xbox 360 counterpart. Eric Lempel, SCE vice president of network operations, has a little walkthrough of the app (embedded here) over at the official PS blog if you're interested in seeing what you'll be getting a little later this week.