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More people watch Netflix on PlayStation 3 than any other TV-connected device, Sony announced today. The video streaming service, which is also supported on all other major consoles, various set-top boxes, and even built into some TV sets, has been supported on PS3 since November 2009.
That was a year after the service went live on Xbox 360, which has also sold more consoles than PlayStation 3. However, Netflix subscribers need an Xbox Live Gold subscription on top of their Netflix subscription to access the service, while it's available at no extra charge on PlayStation Network. Online streaming has been free on Wii since spring 2010, and is live on Wii U.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that PS3 streaming has even surpassed PC viewer hours among its 30 million members at some points this year.
We've already seen how video services have significantly shaped Nintendo's foray into the next generation with Nintendo TVii, and heard rumors of a set-top Xbox device which will blend casual gaming with DVR features in 2013. Two decades after the NES, it looks like game consoles are truly becoming the "entertainment systems" to beat.