Game on for Netflix with PlayStation Vita
ed ©RapidTVNews | 23-02-2012
Just as it is facing increasing pressure from pay-TV companies launching their own over the top (OTT) services, Netflix has extended its reach to the new PlayStation Vita (PS Vita).
Netflix is already available of a wide variety of devices including the Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Sony PS3 consoles; an array of Blu-ray disc players, internet-connected TVs, home theatre systems, digital video recorders and internet video players; Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Apple TV and Google TV.
The first Sony handheld to feature the leading OTT product, PS Vita will stream TV shows and movies from Netflix in high quality on its 5-inch multi-touch display via Wi-Fi.
PS Vita owners can download and install the Netflix application at no cost from the PlayStation Store and the service is available immediately on PS Vita in Canada, the United States and across Latin America.
As an indication of the flexibility that Sony has built into the offering, Netflix members will be able to play a title on one device—such as, for example, a TV through PlayStation3—and resume watching on PS Vita right where they left off. PS Vita owners who aren't yet Netflix members can sign up on the device for a month free trial.
"We are very excited that Netflix is available on PS Vita at launch," said Greg Peters, vice president of product development at Netflix. "Many Netflix members love their PlayStation entertainment consoles and handhelds. We're glad to offer PS Vita users the ability to enjoy Netflix wherever and whenever they want."
"PS Vita is the ultimate portable entertainment device," added Phil Rosenberg, senior vice president of business development at Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Netflix perfectly complements the most extensive launch line up of games in PlayStation's history. Now in addition to a steady stream of amazing games titles, PS Vita gamers will also have a great catalogue of TV shows and movies at their fingertips."