Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:30

Netflix plays on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One in Australia

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Sony and Microsoft have announced Netflix now works on their consoles, with Microsoft also announcing its Digital TV Tuner goes on sale tomorrow, 25 March 2015.

If you own an Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3 or Playstation 4 and want to watch Netflix’s Australian content library, you can from today.

Netflix content includes House of Cards, Marco Polo, Orange is the new black and Marvel’s Daredevil.

Naturally, the Netflix app lets you stream content in standard and high definition (if you’ve paid for the HD tier), find titles easily by searching for title, actor, director or genre, as well as taking advantage of Netflix’s recommendation engine.

iTWire examined Netflix pricing in an article here, but in short, $8.99 let you play Netflix on one device at a time in SD, $11.99 lets you play on two devices at a time in HD, and $14.99 lets you play on four devices at the same time in SD, HD or 4K streams where 4K content is available, and if your Internet connection speed is fast enough!

On Xbox consoles, you can use Kinect to play, pause and rewind selections with the wave of a hand or the sound of your voice.

Netflix also allows you to start watching your favourite film or TV show on your Xbox or Playstation and pick up where you left off on your smartphone or other Netflix-enabled device, taking your entertainment with you on the move.

An Xbox Netflix bundle is also available at ‘selected retailers’ with a 3 month free subscription to Netflix.

Microsoft has also announced its Digital TV Tuner, which iTWire wrote about back in January, is finally coming to retail shelves from tomorrow, 25 March 2015.

The company says its ‘Digital TV Tuner will provide Xbox One users in Australia with an over-the-air digital terrestrial TV experience through a USB-attached TV tuner, an alternative to accessing TV content from a free-to-air box connected through the HDMI-In port.’

With the tuner you can stream TV across a home network to a smartphone or tablet using the Xbox One SmartGlass app, which means you can then watch TV on another device within your home and game on the Xbox console simultaneously.

Naturally, you can pause, rewind and fast forward live TV with the tuner on Xbox One.

It will sell for $39.95.

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