PlayStation 2 is the best-selling console in history with more than 150 million units. It was launched in the year 2000, and it did not have Internet until the launch of the adapter with Ethernet cable, and later including the last redesign of the same.
Netflix for PS2 was running via CD
This meant that not only was there interest in using the Internet on the console to play games, but it also opened the door to viewing streaming content. In the first decade of the 21st century, Netflix went from taking movies at home to starting offering streaming services in 2007, and it was from there that the company launched a CD application for PS2.
Or at least that happened in Brazil, since it was there, and not in its native United States, that Netflix decided to launch the application on CD for PlayStation. How could it be otherwise, there were those who made an ISO with the content of the CD and made it circulate on the networks, so that anyone in the world could use their PS2 for ver Netflix. Although, yes, the resolution is limited to 480p, and it was necessary to have the modified console to run homebrew, although the sound quality it offered was Dolby Digital 5.1.
This option was available for several years until, sadly, in 2012, Netflix for PS2 stopped working after the company closed the servers and focused on offering its app for PS3, and shortly after for PS4, where in addition PS2 stopped being manufactured in 2013. If we currently download the ISO of the app and try to run it on PS2, it will tell us that the console no longer has Netflix support.
PS3 and Wii U also had disc
The disc was not exclusive to PS2, but was also released for other later consoles such as Wii and PS3. This disc was sent by Netflix itself to those who subscribed to the service, since in any case Netflix had a delivery system to manage the movies it sent to its users’ homes at that time. As is logical, it was later replaced by the application, this being the system used today.
This marked the beginning of Netflix on consoles, where it later became PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii in the form of a disk and then in an app, to later open to mobile phones and tablets. To this day, the app on PS3 continues to work perfectly in 1080p, with a streaming platform that created a trend and that already knew how to take advantage of the millions of consoles that were on the market to gradually enter our homes.