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Vita Getting Netflix At Launch

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When the PSP launched, Sony wanted consumers to know that this wasn't you mother's bleeping, blooping, glorified kids toy. No, this was a multimedia device, complete with music playback, internet browsing, video playback, and the like - a serious entertainment machine for consumers that were nothing if not serious. It fell rather short of the mark in my opinion, but now with the Vita, the company is once again seeking to broaden its horizons for portable gaming devices, with the inclusion of Netflix.

No word on whether the app will work with the 3G Vita model, but even if so, Dryden noted in an earlier article that AT&T will only offer two data plans, which cost $15 and $25 per month for 250MB and 2GB, respectively. Streaming media is notorious for eating up those precious, scrumptious megabytes, and while 2GB is still a sizable amount of data - my previous Android phone (RIP) stayed under 2GB with moderate, daily YouTube sprees - longer viewing sessions can be problematic.

Personally, I'm not exactly sprinting toward my fainting couch at the announcement. Partly it's because I don't have a Netflix account, and am disinclined to fork over the nine dollars per month that could be spent on more worthwhile things - you know, like cigarettes. Mainly it's because when it comes to streaming movies to mobile devices, I subscribe to the (nsfw) David Lynch school of thought. Casual viewing is one thing, but as for actual films, I'd prefer to watch them on a screen larger than five inches - say a television, or a computer monitor - which, given the data limit, is probably what you're going to be doing anyway.

So what do you think, gamers? Does the inclusion of Netflix leave your little boy/girl heart aflutter with excitement, or does the dismal gray of indifference prevail? Sound off in the comments section below!

via Game Informer

5 Comments

George said:

Lmao at that David Lynch video. I loved him before I saw this, now I love him a little bit more! (although I have been guilty of watching a movie or 2 on my phone, I'd have to agree with him.)

Mittens said:

A Netflix account works on all devices at once, though. I use the same account on my phone, tablet, PS3, computer, and multiple TVs. So, I watch the big stuff on a big screen, and I snooze to movies I only wanted to listen to over my phone. I suggest paying the $9.

SuperSwede said:

@Mittens: Eh, one of these days. I'll probably have to quit smoking, though i'd be willing to sign up if Netflix is willing to throw in a couple cartons of Camel 100s.

@George: Heh, glad you liked the David Lynch thing. Found this is the related video section, and thought it was rather clever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzY89785sNg

John said:

Yawn... I mean even my carton of milk has Netflix now. I mean doesn't almost every electronic device now have Netflix? I have it on my Android phone and while it's fun to have for free..I can't love the idea of watching movies on my phone that streams it to me.

Shin Gallon said:

This would excite me if I hadn't had Netflix on my iPhone 4 for over a year now. I suppose if you just have a normal cell instead of a smartphone it'd be nifty, but as cool as I think the Vita will be (stupid name aside...I mean honestly, Vita? Really Sony?) I will eventually get the wi-fi only model. I already pay enough for my phone's data plan, and I use that for a lot more than just movie viewing on my lunch breaks.

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