Netflix instant streaming will become a native app on the PlayStation 3 on October 18th. In addition to that, Netflix and Dolby announced this morning that the PS3 will be the first with support for 5.1-channel surround sound. Additional improvements for Netflix on PS3 are as follows:
• Movies and TV shows from Netflix will be accessible from PS3’s XMB menu under a new Netflix icon under the Video category. To access Netflix, PS3 owners will need to sign-in with their PlayStation®Network account.
• Support for Dolby Digital Plus 5.1-channel surround sound will enable users to experience premium-quality audio.
• A new user interface, including the recently added search functionality, will deliver a much richer and faster browsing experience, making it easier to find the specific titles you’re looking for or to discover new content.
• Some movies and TV shows will be viewable in 1080i resolution, offering an enhanced visual experience as more consumers adopt HDTVs.
• The amount of time to start playback will be improved.
• An increasing number of movies and TV shows will be viewable with subtitles or alternate audio tracks.