Mubi movie streaming service
Mubi review: An independent movie streaming service for the PlayStation 3
- Brilliant selection of obscure, weird and old films (and they all run well), not very expensive
- The front-end isn't exactly user-friendly
If you like your films a little bit different to the usual Hollywood stuff, you'll love MUBI on the PlayStation 3. If not, here's your chance to broaden your horizons.
Keen on catching up on the latest films out of Africa? What about some classic Japanese cinema, or the 1903 version of Alice in Wonderland? It's a bit difficult to do by just wandering into a DVD store, but thanks to Mubi on the PlayStation 3, watching somewhat obscure films just got a whole lot easier.
Mubi — the newest non-game feature to be rolled onto the PlayStation 3 — is a video-streaming service that has found a niche, and works it to perfection. The service concentrates on arthouse and world cinema, with some Academy Award winners thrown in for good measure.
If you're the kind of person that likes to namedrop obscure films for artistic cred, you'll be right at home here. If you're the kind of person that knows a guy who acts like a pretentious twit, then you now have the ammunition to one-up him.
With a database of just over 500 films, the closest the Mubi playlist comes to pop culture is the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, but there are some truly brilliant and very important films to watch nonetheless. Alexander Dovzhenko's soviet masterpiece, 1930's Earth, for instance, is the kind of film that you will study at university if you take a film course.
There's the edgy, early works of Roman Polanski in there. There's the genius of Pedro Almodovar, and there's a touch of Lars Von Trier insanity thrown in for good measure. There are films from France, Iran, Hong Kong, Brazil and everywhere in between.
So in short, it's a film buff's wet dream, and it's none too expensive — the $20/month subscription is a bill you'll hardly notice (and your credit card will be automatically charged through Sony's PSN each month if you so wish, so it's a no-fuss transaction). The subscription fee gives you full access to everything.
For one offs, it's around $7 to rent a movie, and if you want to dip your toes into the water first, there's a few films offered for free. It all runs well on the PlayStation hardware, and the H.264 compression used means the streaming is very smooth on a decent broadband connection.
Although it is clearly a work-in-progress, Mubi also features social-networking elements — letting your Twitter or Facebook followers know what movies you're watching and what you thought about them. The Mubi community itself is quite robust, and you can access your account on PCs as well for some heated debate away from the TV.
If there is one criticism I can level at the service, it's that the aesthetics aren't very appealing. A mishmash of ugly links, substandard presentation and a clunky and unrewarding search function make navigating through Mubi a bit of a chore. But then, the fruits are worth the effort.
Given we don't have access to Netflix in Australia, Mubi stands as the only movie option for our PS3s at the moment, but even if we had Netflix, it would be a worthy investment for anyone who wants to watch something a little bit different from time to time.
Become a fan of GoodGearGuide on Facebook
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @GoodGearGuide
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Join the PC World newsletter!
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Lexar® Portable SSD
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Huawei Mate 9
Acer Swift 7
Google Daydream VR headset
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Surface Pro 4
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
- 5 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
Latest News Articles
- Samsung's UHD Monitor covers 99.5 per cent of Adobe colour spectrum
- HP settles cases with inkjet cartridge vendors
- Study predicts PS3 will win the console war
- Samsung wave makes a splash at Mobile World Congress
- Sony returns to profit, cuts full-year loss forecast
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCSAP/ Nakisa Implementation ConsultantQLD
- CCTest Planner - Infrastructure/Data CentreACT
- FTBid ManagerVIC
- TPDesktop Support OfficerQLD
- TPDigital Strategist - Newcastle BasedNSW
- TPInsights ManagerWA
- CCServiceNOW DeveloperNSW
- CCSenior Business AnalystVIC
- CCProject Support SpecialistVIC
- FTSupport and Operations Team LeadNSW
- CCUser Experience Designer - Part time - Short contractACT
- CCSystems Engineer (Systems Architect/Designer)VIC
- TPSolution Architect - Real-Time Tracking SystemVIC
- CCProject Support OfficerNSW
- FTJunior Software Engineer - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)VIC
- TPBusiness Analyst - Technical BackgroundQLD
- FTDatabase DeveloperACT
- TPGIS Developer - 6 month ContractQLD
- TPProduct Owner - Cloud SolutionsQLD
- CCUnix AdministratorNSW
- TPSenior Test AnalystQLD
- CCCloud Security Solutions Architect - Finance - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- CCSalesforce - Functional Analyst (BA)NSW
- TPDigital Project ManagerVIC
- CCProject / Portfolio SchedulerNSW