Play Station 3 owners with a Netflix account, broadband Internet service and a home network set up can stream Netflix videos to their TV with relative ease. To resolve a problem with the brightness/darkness levels of the Netflix videos streamed to your PS3, you have to play around with adjusting the various display and video settings in the PS3’s XrossMediaBar. Unlike with DVD video playback, you cannot adjust the brightness of a Netflix video playing on a PS3 through an on-screen control panel.
Navigate to “Settings,” “Display Settings” then “RGB Full Range (HDMI)” in the PS3’s XrossMediaBar.
Select “Full” if the black in your Netflix video sometimes appears bright. Select “Limited” if black appears dull.
Navigate to “Video” then “Netflix.” Try playing a video to test its brightness levels. Only proceed if the problem has not been corrected.
Press the PS button on the controller to return to the XrossMediaBar.
Navigate to “Settings,” “Video Settings” then “BD/DVD Video Output Format (HDMI)” in the PS3’s XrossMediaBar. Select “RGB.”
Play a Netflix video to test the brightness levels.
Navigate to “Settings,” “Display Settings” then “Deep Color/Colour” in the XrossMediaBar.
Change the setting from “Automatic” to “Off” or vice versa (whichever is applicable).
Navigate to “Video” then “Netflix” in the XrossMediaBar. Try playing a video to test its brightness levels.
The PS3’s “BD/DVD Video Output Format,” “Deep Color/Colour” and “RGB Full Range” settings can only be adjusted if the PS3 is connected to the TV using an HDMI cable. The PS3’s “Cross Color Reduction Filter” setting can only be adjusted if the PS3 is connected to the TV using the AV cable.
Maya Austen began freelance writing in 2009. She has written for many online publications on a wide variety of topics ranging from physical fitness to amateur astronomy. She's also an author and e-book publisher. Austen has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the New England Institute of Art and currently lives in Boston, Mass.