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Netflix Goes Disc-Free on PS3 Today, Adds Dolby 5.1

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When Netflix’s Watch Instantly library came to the Xbox 360 in 2008, the rental service extended its reach exponentially and helped Microsoft achieve part of their oft-stated goals to have the console be an all-purpose entertainment device.

For more than a year, the 360 was the only gaming console that let you access Netflix’s streaming content. Then, last year, partnerships with Sony and Nintendo were announced to bring the same functionality to the Playstation 3 and the Wii. But, the catch with those consoles was that a special disc was needed to stream what you wanted from the Internet.

Now, Netflix is rolling out native support for the PS3 and the Wii with embedded applications that live in the interfaces of the two game machines. And the burlier technology of the PS3 makes this a monster update. As the video below shows, PS3 owners will now also get Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and full HD 1080p resolution:

Meanwhile, Nintendo alone claims to have added 3 million Netflix users on the Wii, which highlights the biggest, best thing about Netflix’s presence on these game consoles. The potential to grow movie appreciation amongst households is huge. As expected, you can find tons of action fare–“Crank 2: High Voltage” and “Gamer”–aimed at 18-to-34 males, but there’s more than that. Criterion editions of classics like “Rashomon ” and “The 400 Blows” are on Instant Watch, too, and certain TV shows make streamable versions of just-aired episodes within the same week.. Even better, the Xbox version of Netflix has an exclusive function where you can voice chat and watch a movie in sync with your friends. Granted, you’re not getting the extras that you would on a DVD nor will it replicate everything you get from a multiplex. But, there’s a lot to be said for being able to discover or recommend a great new film on a game console.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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