Streaming movie service Netflix offers a very useful solution for watching its content on a Sony PlayStation 3, but it's not very elegant. Users must insert a special Netflix disc into the PS3 each and every time they want to watch a movie. People have been begging and pleading for a disc-less Netflix solution since the service came supported on the PS3, but now it looks like it may actually happen. Word from the company is that those Netflix discs will be obsolete by the end of October. IGN has the news.
CEO Reed Hastings recently stated in the company's latest earnings call that an improved version of Netflix for PS3 is coming in the next couple months. "Before our next call in October, we expect to be launching a major new version of our Sony PS3 user interface which doesn't require a disc and is dynamically updated continuously with the latest Netflix UI improvements," he said.
I've never really minded using the special disc, but I'll be glad to see it go. What really has my attention from this news is that we can expect periodic updates to the Netflix software. I'd love to be able to access my content queue through alphabetic sorting instead of the default preference sort requirement. I have eighty-some items in my queue and having to scroll down to the bottom of the list is a hassle. I don't know what else the company has in mind for updates, but I'm eager to find out.