Down with discs!
Greg Peter, vice president of product development at Netflix, announced via the Netflix blog today that with the Wii and PS3, "you’ll be able to watch movies and television shows without inserting an instant streaming disc into your console." Quoth Greg himself:
Once you've downloaded the new application, you can recycle the current streaming discs or keep them as a souvenir.
In addition to removing the need for discs, we’ve developed a new user interface on both applications that significantly improves the experience. The new applications will allow you to search for content directly from the device and you’ll also be able to view an increasing portion of our content library with subtitles or alternate audio tracks.
And there is even more good news for those in possession of the Sony gaming console: effective immediately, users will be able to instantly watch (some) movies and TV shows in 1080p high def with Dolby surround sound.