There's nothing better or more rewarding in the tech world than finding a hidden feature on your favorite app, and that app today is Netflix. If you've updated Netflix lately on your Apple or Android device, you can now use it to control the Netflix app on your PlayStation 3.
This will work on any iPad, iPhone, iPod touch running iOS 5 or higher. Android smartphones, the Kindle Fire, and the Nook tablet require Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher. All other Android tablets will need Android OS 3 (Honeycomb) or higher.
To get started, you have to have the Netflix app running on your PS3 and your smartphone and be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. When you play a movie from the smartphone, it will ask you if you want to play it on it or your PS3. When you choose PS3, you'll then be able to fast forward, pause, change audio and subtitle options, and seek through the video, as well as search the Netflix library without interrupting the current video playing.
Here's a video of it in action:
Could you do all of these features using your PS3 remote? Yes, but would you look half as cool?
This same type of second-screen controlling is also available for YouTube on your PS3. If you want to control the Netflix app on your Xbox 360, you're going to have to use the My Xbox LIVE app instead. Definitely not as cool.