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July 27, 2012 @ 8:00 am CST

Here’s how to get Max on Netflix

Written by: Alberto Lima
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Earlier this week Anthony Berry told you all about the latest update to Netflix on Playstation 3 – Netflix Max. The idea was to help indecisive customers (like yours truly) find a movie or show to watch and MAXimize (yeah Netflix, we get it) their experience. After we posted Anthony’s review, we got some folks asking how they can get in on the fun, or at least give it a spin, so we called up Netflix customer support to find out how you can get in on the fun.

First things first; you’ll need Netflix version 2.08 for the Playstation 3. If you’re using an older version of the software or using it on another device, you won’t be able to try Max just yet. The 2.08 update for Playstation 3 began rolling out last week and has reached some users (for example my fiancé’s PS3 got the update a couple of nights back, the one in my livingroom is still sitting on 2.07). Though we weren’t able to get any official timeline on when the update will roll out, our best estimates should have most people covered by the end of the month.

So, now that we got that out of the way it’s pretty easy to turn “on” and “off”. The customer rep explained it something like this: Max is technically always on, learning from your the ratings you give and types of movies/shows you watch – just like their current algorithm does – except now you get some additional options and the “Rating Game” that Anthony mentioned. To bring Max to the front, all you have to do is press the Square button on your PS3 controller from the main menu. This will bring the Max interface forward. To turn it off, press the Square button again. Simple.

If you’ve got a Playstation 3 and Netflix v.2.08 give it a try and let us know if it all works out (and what you think about Max).

About the Author

Alberto Lima
Technophile with an appreciation for beautifully designed gear. A writer of words, eater of hamburgers, maker of sandwiches who will not part with his Apple gear or his camera. Wrote for; Managing Editor at Resident of the Internet.


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  • Wtf

    Square is doing nothing:( it seems they have set it to randomly give you the option… how stupid

    • Wtf

      I have restarted Netflix a bunch and have only gotten the option to use max once. What am I doing wrong?

  • Blah

    doesnt work. i have a lot of features missing. im pretty angry with netflix right now. my brother and i both have a ps3, but his netflix seems newer (even though i have 2.08) he has autoplay feature. i want it. and my friends ps3 has the “Max” feature, i also want that. i dont understand why certain ps3’s have certain features…

    • enosone

      Really weird. I’ll definitely look into this.

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  • Twin

    Not working mine is 2.10 how do I get max on there from there

  • name

    I hate max, get rid of it!!

  • Addy

    Max went away :( I miss Max

  • No Bah Dee

    So glad they got rid of Max. I was sick and tired of forgetting his existence and hitting square to backspace only to get stuck with his annoying banter, waiting to be able to exit it.

    • go fuck yourself

      If u don’t fucking like it don’t click on it dumbass u act like you have to have it. Shut your stupid irrelevant face up dip shit.

  • Calvin

    My max is still showing but when i click it it wont load

  • dylan_mills

    Hes back bitches.

  • Aqua King

    Does Max not exist on the PS4?

  • Katie

    I had Max on my PS3 but after having to restore my PS3, he’s not on there anymore. Any help?