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Netflix, Hulu and Vudu Stream Video to PlayStation 3
The PlayStation 3 (PS3) system is the only video streaming gaming machine with a built-in Blu-ray player, hard drive, and Wi-Fi; and for these reasons is thought by many to be the best games console out there. Plus you can now stream Netflix & Hulu directly to your PS3 system – gaining access to thousands of movies, and TV shows at your fingertips.
PlayStation 3 Video Streaming
Many people talk about how streaming video from their pc to their PlayStation 3, is the be-all-end-all solution, but I feel that this is drastically over-complicating things. The PlayStation 3 video streaming solution that works really well for me is a combination of Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and a USB flash drive. This solution costs a combined $17.99 a month and it provides access to more TV shows and Movies, in HD, then I could ever have time to watch.
For those of you who still want to stream video content to your PS3 from your PC, I suggest checking out services like Playon and the Orb disc. Bear in mind though, you will need an optimized computing environment to retain the HD quality you have grown to love. In other words, to build a home network that seamlessly streams HD video from your PC to your PS3 can be costly and complicated.
Netflix on the PS3
To activate Netflix on your PS3 you will first need a Netflix subscription. If you can get away with the basic $7.99 plan that provides full access to their entire video library – then do it. The next step will be to connect your PS3 to the Internet – ideally via a wired connection as it provides a more consistent data feed. Then open up the PlayStation Network on the menu screen, select “What’s New”, and click on the Netflix icon to download and install the Netflix application. Once it is complete, you will see the Netflix app appear under the video icon on the PS3 menu screen.
Hulu on the PS3
Now you need to add the Hulu Plus functionality. A subscription to Hulu Plus will cost $9.99 per month, and will give you access to full seasons of your favorite TV shows from more than 100 leading content providers, including ABC, NBC, and FOX, and movies from many of the most well-known studios in the U.S. Once you have signed up for a subscription at www.Hulu.com, go back to PlayStation Network on the PS3 menu screen and download the Hulu app. Since you already a Hulu Plus subscription, you can enter your username and password directly into the app. If you are not sure, just start with their 2 Week Free Trial.
VUDU on the PS3
VUDU offers another layer of content to PS3 users. Access doesn’t require a subscription and is a pay-as-you-go service. To install the
plugin go to the PlayStation Store and download the VUDU app for free. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll see it appear in the PS3 Menu under the “Video” icon. From there you will have access to thousands of movie titles – available for instant viewing in HD and HDX 1080p formats with no buffering or downloading. In short, you get access to new releases, in blu-ray quality, the same day Amazon or Itunes make them available. Also, read What is Vudu?
Accessing Saved Content on the PS3
Finally, there is the USB drive; all you need to do is load up images, videos and music files to the drive, and plug it into the PS3. Organize your data into folders so the PS3 can read it easier (PHOTO, VIDEO, MUSIC) and your off running. If you have video, the files will play perfectly with no skips or pauses; which is often not the case when accessing this data through a home network.
eMarketer reports that four out of five US Internet users watch online video at least once a month, and because of this companies like Hulu and Netflix are flourishing. As consumers realize how much HD content Hulu and Netflix offers, and how easy it is to stream that content to their TV’s, more and more will question their costly cable TV bill.