So I was toying around with my Netflix account for my PS3 and then was messing with my Location Free for my PSP to watch a little bit of football… when it hit me…
Why isn’t there any Netflix streaming to portable devices? I mean, let’s be honest, the bandwidth taken up would be a lot less due to the need for smaller resolution sizes. Not only that, but Sony could totally make a strike there where Xbox 360 has had Netflix for a long time but the PS3 version just came out.
Overall, this would also give it an edge on portable gaming since it would be the only device that would do movie streaming directly (somehow I doubt the DSi would be able to handle the processing of live streaming) and it allows Sony to play through their promises on their devices in becoming the next generation of entertainment devices and allowing more than just gaming. This also lets them compete on an even better front with the iPod markets without taking too much risk. Truthfully, this would require a bit more work from Netflix’s side because it would require them to re-encode their movies in a smaller format and be able to serve it via their current technology. The delivery system should remain the same, so it’s really just updating the system some and movie re-compression.
I believe this would be a great move for Sony, and would allow Netflix into a newer market for their streaming which would be extremely interesting.