Netflix Over-the-Top Service Now Available on Sony's Bravia TV's and Network Blu-ray Disc Player

--Facebook to Launch on PlayStation 3

Video rental company, Netflix, announced Tuesday that subscribers to its service can now instantly watch its streaming movie and TV show offerings on Sony Bravia connected HDTV's, on earlier Bravia models that are compatible with the company's Bravia Internet video link module, and on the Sony Network Blu-ray Disc Player. An OTT partnership between Netflix and Sony Electronics was first announced in July (see the article published on itvt.com, July 12th): last month, the companies also announced a deal to make Netflix movies and TV episodes available via instant streaming on the PlayStation 3 game console (see the article published on itvt.com, October 26th).

According to Netflix, the Sony Bravia TV's that support instant streaming of its movies and TV episodes include the W5100, Z5100, XBR9 and XBR10 series in 40-, 46- and 52-inch screen sizes (note: the sets are priced from $1,100 to $5,000, while the Sony N460 Network Blu-ray Disc Player is priced at $250).

In other Sony news: In a posting on a corporate blog, Tuesday, the company announced that PlayStation 3 firmware update 3.10 will feature support for Facebook on the TV. "By linking your PlayStation Network account to your Facebook account, you will have the option for the PS3 to automatically update your Facebook News Feed with Trophy and PlayStation Store activity," the company said. "This update also enables developers to set specific criteria in their titles to publish additional game information to your News Feed. You can then check out your updates, and those of your friends, on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media favorites through the PS3's built-in Web browser." As [itvt] reported earlier this week (see the article published on itvt.com, November 17th), Facebook and Twitter functionality has just launched on the rival Microsoft Xbox platform.

A video of Facebook on the PlayStation 3 is embedded below.

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