Just in time for Christmas, there’s some user interface surprises for the Playstation3 Netflix player. If you go to the near bottom of the browsable categories, you’ll see the addition of “Holiday Favorites”. Besides getting us all in the holiday spirit, the category demonstrates some new ways to present cover art. As you can see from the screenshot below, it presents the category with wider versions of the standard cover art. On the Roku 2, the category has also been added but with no visual differences. Since the PS3 uses Netflix’s HTML5 interface, Netflix has the flexibility to make layout changes to the screens. The Roku, on the other hand, has a limited set of GUI screens that are provided by its operating system. What’s also interesting is that Starz titles are indicated with a special badge in the wider cover art. Strange, given that Netflix’s relationship with Starz is ending. Let us know in the comments if you see the holiday category on other Netflix players with the HTML5 interface (Blu-ray players, Boxee, Google TV, etc…)
Update: Netflix confirmed via press release today that the “Holiday Favorites” favorites section will be available on their website, the PS3 and the Wii. There was no acknowledgement of it on the Roku. Netflix also posted about it on their blog.
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