To my North American readers, Netflix will need no introduction, but for those that have no idea what Netflix is, let me try to explain. Netflix offers Internet video streaming ("Watch Instantly") of selected titles to various devices (PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Wii, Xbox 360, PS3…). Basically, it is your local video store on the internet.
Now, being the nerd I am, I had to try the service, so this morning, I signed up for a free 1 month trial account. Signup is a simple affair, but be warned that even though it is a free trial, you still need to enter your debit or credit card details. After your month is up, the service will cost €6.99.
I plan on using my PS3 to view the service. I turned on the PS3, went to the Playstation Store and found no Netflix app. Hmmm.. now that’s not good I thought to myself. I called Netflix customer support and spoke to two very helpful ladies with American accents and they stepped me through the process of getting Netflix up and running on the PS3.
If you can’t find Netflix in the Playstation Store, I suggest you try the following:
- Go to Playstation Store
- Download and install Vidzone. (thanks Daherlihy!)
- Power off PS3
- Wait a few seconds (they said 15, but…)
- Power on the PS3
- Browse to TV/Video Services on the XMB and you should see Netflix.
- Click on the icon to install the service.
- Sign in.
And that’s how you get Netflix on your Irish PS3 if it is not appearing for you in the XMB.
I’ve only watched a couple of shows (South Park and MythBusters), but picture quality looks good and streaming, whilst not instant, only takes 2 or 3 seconds to start on my 25Mb connection.
So, I have a month to make up my mind if I like it or not…. At €6.99 it is an affordable service, but it’s all about the content and to be quite honest, the content does not look that up to date. If they can’t compete with the local video store, then they might be in trouble.