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Surprise! Amazon Instant Video is now available on Sony’s PS3

Posted at 04 April 2012 18:34 CEST by etdragon

Amazon has been pushing hard to expand their Instant Video service since it first launched. The company has added numerous shows and movies and nearly tripled the total library they launched a year ago and made the service available on a number of TVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes. Now Amazon can officially add game consoles to their list of compatible devices by bringing the service to the PS3.

Having Amazon Instant Video show up on the PS3 came as kind of a surprise. There was no prior announcement by either Sony or Amazon that the service would be coming to the console. The service shows up directly in the PS3’s XMB under TV/Video Services.

To register your PS3 just go to the app on your console and write down the registration code. Then you can go to Amazon’s device registration page to get everything setup and you can begin streaming.

The PS3 is the first console to get Amazon’s Instant Video service, which gives them a nice little leg up on Microsoft for at least the time being. Until now the Xbox 360 has been the king of game consoles when it comes to video streaming options. Even if all of the apps on the 360 don’t always work flawlessly, there are more choices on that device.

I tested the Instant Streaming app a bit on my PS3 and at first glance it looks pretty good and runs well. I think the interface looks far better than on Roku and worlds better than most of the apps on TVs and Blu-ray players. For now the videos buffer and stream quickly and the quality is what I would expect from a video streaming service like this.

Are any of you going to try this out on your PS3? Let us know what you think of the app in the comments.

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There are 3 comments

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Posted on: 05 Apr 12 05:11
    Whoopie. Sony probably will find a way to screw it up by adding more DRM to it...
    New Member
    Posted on: 05 Apr 12 22:57
      I signed up for Amazons Prime free trial membership as soon as I saw your article. As a current Netflix member here are some shortcomings in Amazon's service on PS3:
      >The presentation of videos is jumbled for any category, e.g. finding a documentary in PBS requires skipping through many episodes of children's episodes.
      > Multiple episodes of a series are each presented individually and not in order.
      >Foreign films may appear more than once, e.g. English subtitled or English dubbed and are generally not next to each other.
      >Episode descriptions for free movies and episodes do not show their date or primary actors.
      >Even as a prime member there are a lot of movies you still have to pay for. Albeit, they are more recent titles that are not available on Netflix for streaming.

      On the plus side the navigation on the PS3 is intuitive and responsive and the search feature brings up titles as you type a search key.
      New Member
      Posted on: 28 Aug 12 16:19
        nice i'm looking forward.

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