Updated 18 March 2020

PlayStation 3 Netflix FAQ's

This article answers the most commonly asked questions about Netflix on PlayStation 3.


Will it cost extra to stream video to my PlayStation 3 system from Netflix?

No. If you have an active Netflix account, which currently costs £6 per month, then you can view video content instantly on your PlayStation 3 system.

When I watch a movie instantly on my PlayStation 3 system, the image is poor. Why doesn't the Netflix movie that I'm watching look as good as a DVD or BD?

The quality of the video that you're watching using Netflix depends on the speed of your internet connection. Faster connections may give you better image quality. For more information about your internet connection speed and ways to increase your connection speed, please contact your Internet Service Provider.

Do I need a Sony Entertainment Network account to access Netflix instant watching?

Yes. Additionally, your PlayStation 3 system must be signed in to PlayStation Network in order to use Netflix. This means that Netflix will not be available on PlayStation 3 systems when PlayStation Network is down for maintenance.

Does the PlayStation 3 system download the entire Netflix movie or TV show?

No, the PlayStation 3 system does not download the content all at once. When you choose to watch a Netflix title, the PlayStation 3 system streams the movie over the internet, generally starting playback in 30 seconds or less.

How many choices are available to watch with a PlayStation 3 system?

There are currently over 12,000 movies and TV episodes available to watch with more being added every week. How many titles can I watch? As long as you have an unlimited Netflix subscription you can watch as many titles as you like.

Can I copy movies from the PlayStation 3 system to another device?

Netflix movies can be watched on your PC while on the Netflix website or on your TV via the PlayStation 3 system. Movies cannot be copied or transferred to other devices.

Can I use PlayStation 3 Parental Controls to limit access to content?

Yes. The parental lock feature allows filtering of age rated Blu-ray Discs and DVD content. Controls need to be set on the Netflix account page in order to filter age-rated Netflix content. The Parental Controls of the PlayStation 3 system will not affect Netflix Instant Watch titles.

Can I fast-forward or rewind when I am viewing Netflix online content using the PlayStation 3 system?

Yes, you can fast forward and rewind movies on Netflix using the left and right directional buttons.

Will the PlayStation 3 system play online content in High Definition (HD)?

Yes. Some Netflix Watch Instantly content is available in HD (1080p) resolution if you have a fast enough internet connection. The quality of Netflix Watch Instantly content is largely dependent on the speed of your internet connection: the faster your connection, the higher the resolution will be. If you have specific questions about streaming Netflix online content or image quality relative to internet connectivity speed, please contact Netflix support on 0800 096 6379 or visit the Netflix contact page here.

How many different PlayStation 3 systems can I have associated with my Netflix account at any given time?

You are allowed to have up to six different devices activated on your Netflix account at any given point. These devices may include PlayStation 3 systems, computers, etc. Activation takes place automatically when you login to Netflix using a PlayStation 3 system.The option to deactivate a Netflix ready device is available here.

Are there any adverts?

No. There are no adverts in any of the Netflix titles that are streamed to your PC or TV via a Netflix Ready Device.