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Does anyone know if there's a way to use Netflix when PSN is down (which seems like a fair amount of time these days)? I've no idea why you need to be signed in to use the service in the first place, but I can't seem to find a way around it. Many thanks.

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No. You need to be signed in because the console effectively doesn't have a network without it; all traffic is routed through the PSN service, so no PSN, no traffic.

Definitely one of the downfalls of the PSN, but XBOX Live behaves similarly. I think the general plan was that PSN won't be down unless updating, but obviously this isn't working out too well.

Another major downside is that in 20 years when they finally take down PSN/Live servers you'll lose half the functionality of your console. Of course it's 30+ years old now and you're lucky if it's even running, but still.

  • Thanks for this. Definitely a huge downfall - half the time I spend on the PS4 is using the film apps in the evening! – Mike Miller Jan 14 '15 at 0:50
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    I don't think it's correct that all traffic is routed via PSN - their bandwidth would be huge if this was the case. Have you anything to back up this claim? – SilverlightFox Jan 15 '15 at 11:20
  • Not at all!!!!!!!!!!!! – fuccboi Jun 18 '15 at 9:26

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