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Netflix users that access the company’s Watch Instantly service through their Playstation can now search its entire catalog without any laptop on their knees. Search is an important update, but it’s unclear yet when PS3 owners will finally be able to ditch their Netflix disks.

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Netflix users can now search the entire Watch Instantly catalog through their Sony PlayStation 3, the company’s VP of product development Greg Peters just announced in a blog post. Peters said that search is the first of a number of upgrades coming to devices like the PS3. From the post:

“(I)f you’re a PS3 user, you can now search for a movie or TV episode on your TV via your PS3. No need to go back to your computer to add it to your Queue. We have more cool features in store with this continuous improvement architecture so stay tuned.”

Of course, the big feature that everyone is waiting for is the ability to access Watch Instantly without a disc. Currently, PS3 users have insert a special Netflix disc into their system every time they want to access the streaming service.

Netflix said that this would be the case until late 2010 when the company first launched Watch Instantly on the PS3, and there have been reports recently that users will be able to ditch the disc as early as this fall. Netflix didn’t respond in time for this article to comment on the specific timing of this shift.

Update: A Netflix spokesperson told us that this update is definitely coming, but didn’t have a specific date to share.

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