The new Netflix app has a handy wee feature that wasn’t highlighted. Not only did the Netflix app get a new user interface, it also now allows you to use your Android device, or iOS device, as a remote control for Netflix on your PS3. As long as both devices are on the same network and the Netflix app is running on both of them, you can browse content on your smartphone or tablet, and when you hit play you’ll get the option to play it on your PS3.
This means you can continue to browse for things to watch on your smartphone or tablet while you watch something through your PlayStation 3 on the big screen. You can also pause, stop, skip through the video, or tweak the audio or subtitles. This is handy second screen functionality that allows you to tweak and browse without having to interrupt the action.
Before you get too excited, this functionality doesn’t seem to have rolled out universally. I updated my PS3 and Galaxy S3 apps this morning, booted them both up, and shouted to my wife to behold this wonderful new dawn for technology and it totally failed to work. The interface is updated, everything else is present and correct but when I play content it just runs on the phone like usual. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with the fact that I’m based in the UK, but if you know then please comment and enlighten us.
If you want to try it for yourself then check out this video to see how easy it is.