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Xbox 360 will be the only game console to stream Netflix content

Microsoft frequently rolls out updates for the Xbox LIVE service that adds new features for Xbox owners. The latest update for Xbox Live is coming soon with some features set to roll out this week. Starting on August 13, Xbox owners will be available to browse and purchase Games on Demand on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

The update also adds a new Avatar Marketplace that will offer props for Avatars and the ability to download and purchase premium items like clothing for the player's avatar. The slick Netflix streaming service is also getting an update that adds new features like Party Watch that lets users watch a show with friends at the same time if the movie is supported. Content search is improved in the update and the playback experience is reportedly improved as well.

One key announcement that Microsoft has made in conjunction with details on the new Live Update is to reveal that the Xbox 360 will be the only game console that is able to stream Netflix content. Microsoft has announced that it has an exclusive partnership with Netflix. That means owners of the Wii and PS3 waiting to join the Netflix streaming service are out of luck.

Account management features will be updated to prompt subscribers to renew their Windows Live IDs and subscriptions when they expire. Gold member Veterans will also get a special card and may get other unnamed perks as well.

The update adds various fixes to the console's video display options to make viewing content in the highest supported resolution easier to do. User ratings are being tightly integrated into XBOX Live allowing users to rate content on the Marketplace with a 5-star system and games and other content will be sortable by these ratings.

Various improvements are being made with the UI with the dashboard being reorganized to make finding things easier. Xbox Live Community Games has been renamed Xbox Live Indie Games, and achievement tracking and an achievement browser is available as well. Microsoft says that ore features are coming this fall with integration of Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm, and Zune Video in the Xbox Live features.



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I'm sure Sony doesn't care.
By Innocent Hawk on 8/11/2009 10:51:06 AM , Rating: -1
Sony probably doesn't care about Microsoft dishing out cash for Netflix streaming exclusivity.

Sony's Playstaion Store already rents and sells movies and TV shows in both SD and HD, and although I haven't used it myself, I'm 95% sure you can start streaming the video you just payed for immediately. The only thing that Sony's video store doesn't have going for it is the number of videos available. I'm sure it doesn't even come close to matching the size of Netflix.

Anyway I don't care either way. I prefer owning a physical copy of my movie and TV purchases in the form of DVDs and Blu-Rays.




RE: I'm sure Sony doesn't care.
By epsilonparadox on 8/11/2009 11:04:50 AM , Rating: 2
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The only thing that Sony's video store doesn't have going for it is the number of videos available. I'm sure it doesn't even come close to matching the size of Netflix.


Which is kinda sad since Sony is a major player in the movie industry and knows all the players. They can easily get the agreements in place and make the PSN service #1 in the movie business.


RE: I'm sure Sony doesn't care.
By ncheese on 8/11/2009 2:10:30 PM , Rating: 2
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Which is kinda sad since Sony is a major player in the movie industry and knows all the players. They can easily get the agreements in place and make the PSN service #1 in the movie business.


Except those other players compete with Sony, so unless they have no other choice (such as when HDDVD gave in to BluRay), they will probably avoid supporting and driving profits to PSN. NetFlix has the advantage of PSN simply because NetFlix is not a competitor to any of the other movie studios. Like the old saying "the enemy of my enemy is my friend".


RE: I'm sure Sony doesn't care.
By JackBurton on 8/11/2009 11:05:57 AM , Rating: 2
You can, however it really depends on your internet speed. I have an 18Mb down connection an I can start watching a movie probably 5 minutes after the download starts. The PSN store is great, they just need to beef up the movie selection.


RE: I'm sure Sony doesn't care.
By erple2 on 8/11/2009 11:36:29 AM , Rating: 4
Huh, on Netflix, I click the "watch this movie" button, and in about 5-10 seconds it starts playing.

That feature alone makes it better than PSN's method.


RE: I'm sure Sony doesn't care.
By JackBurton on 8/11/09, Rating: 0
RE: I'm sure Sony doesn't care.
By Mojo the Monkey on 8/11/2009 2:35:57 PM , Rating: 2
Netflix has live HD streaming as well. My buffer time is 15-20 seconds on the 360 and the picture looks about as good as HD TV (though not the same as HD-DVD or Blu-Ray).


RE: I'm sure Sony doesn't care.
By Akrovah on 8/12/2009 1:59:35 PM , Rating: 2
Do the Netflix HD streaming also stream full surround sound? That is the one dissapointment I have had with the PSN rentals. THey seem to stream stereo only, or Pro-Logic at best.


By Mojo the Monkey on 8/12/2009 6:11:27 PM , Rating: 2
I dont know. I am currently running a L/R HiFi system. I believe I see the input registering as surround incoming. I'll check later. I used to have surround, but I simplified. I'm waiting for a reasonable wireless-rear-speaker solution to go back to surround. I think I'm finally starting to see hints of these kinds of products come to the market.


RE: I'm sure Sony doesn't care.
By Parhel on 8/11/2009 11:11:50 AM , Rating: 2
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I'm sure it doesn't even come close to matching the size of Netflix.


Only a small portion of Netflix content is available for streaming. The rest you still have to rent on DVD. I'm not complaining, mind you . . . I have the service, I use it all the time and I really enjoy it.


RE: I'm sure Sony doesn't care.
By Scott66 on 8/11/2009 12:53:31 PM , Rating: 2
A lot of Movie distributors do not like making their movies available for download. Still scared of Pirating.

As usual honest tech consumers are getting shafted.


RE: I'm sure Sony doesn't care.
By smackababy on 8/11/2009 1:44:59 PM , Rating: 2
Which makes sense, because movies are ripped from DVD and put online the day of their release, right?


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