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This item will be released on September 19, 2008

Play TV is the way to receive, record and programme digital terrestrial television through your PlayStation 3. Simply plug your TV aerial into the Play TV TV-tuner, and connect to your PS3 via the USB cable provided. Instantly you will be able to receive more TV and radio channels than before, and will have total control of your TV viewing

# Record and view your favourite programmes at the same time - Play TV enables you to record both Standard Definition as well as High Definition
# Personal Video Recorder functionality - watch live TV, pause, fast forward and rewind
# Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) to show what's on, now and next - up to 7 days in advance in certain countries
# Mobile TV functionality - export content easily from PS3 HDD to PSP - watch TV on the go! Thanks to live streaming, you can watch your favourite show whilst abroad
# Channel surf with either your BD remote or your Sixa
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#1
Cant wait for this!

Good deal, but I'm sure we'll get slightly better deals closer to release.

Does anyone know if its possible that a future firmware upgrade COULD support HD recordings?
#2
Vistrix
Cant wait for this!

Good deal, but I'm sure we'll get slightly better deals closer to release.

Does anyone know if its possible that a future firmware upgrade COULD support HD recordings?


Says in the description that it is already supporded :thumbsup:
#3
Unfortunately Sony have crippled the functionality of this by removing the key feature. You will not be able to transfer recordings off of the PS3 as originally promised. I cancelled mine for this reason.
#4
this is one of those things that I have absolutely no interest in getting, and then I read that I can live stream tv to my PSP via remote play and all of a sudden its at the top of my shopping list...

damn you Sony :)
#5
MKICampaign
Unfortunately Sony have crippled the functionality of this by removing the key feature. You will not be able to transfer recordings off of the PS3 as originally promised. I cancelled mine for this reason.


have they definatly done this? if so i'll cancel my preorder too asthis was THE one thing i wanted it for! i've got a toppy which does everything this does and more. jus wanted to transfer to PSP
#6
Havent they stopped you streaming to the psp?.
#7
Vistrix
Cant wait for this!

Good deal, but I'm sure we'll get slightly better deals closer to release.

Does anyone know if its possible that a future firmware upgrade COULD support HD recordings?


Not in this country, but if you like paying money for the possibility it MIGHT happen...

MKICampaign
Unfortunately Sony have crippled the functionality of this by removing the key feature. You will not be able to transfer recordings off of the PS3 as originally promised. I cancelled mine for this reason.


Correct.

jough
this is one of those things that I have absolutely no interest in getting, and then I read that I can live stream tv to my PSP via remote play and all of a sudden its at the top of my shopping list...

damn you Sony :)


Doesn't do this anymore, see above.

quidditys_shore
have they definatly done this? if so i'll cancel my preorder too asthis was THE one thing i wanted it for! i've got a toppy which does everything this does and more. jus wanted to transfer to PSP


Confirmed.

MATTHEWLONG
Havent they stopped you streaming to the psp?.


Yes they have.
#8
unfortunately sony have said that it will not be compatible with HD channels in the UK so I will be waiting for a newer version

good find though if u dont yet hav freeview - heat added
#9
I assume with this you cannot play games at the same time as making a recording? If that is the case it isn't going to replace a PVR and has limited value considering most TVs now have a freeview viewer integrated and would upscale this to the TVs resolution anyway.
#10
RIGHT!!!!!

cancelled my order now and wil be voting cold as for me without this feature its poor value. you'd also really need to buy a larger harddrive (atleast 160GB i'd say) so you've looking at a minimum of £100
#11
quidditys_shore;2843202
RIGHT!!!!!

cancelled my order now and wil be voting cold as for me without this feature its poor value. you'd also really need to buy a larger harddrive (atleast 160GB i'd say) so you've looking at a minimum of £100

and for that price you can buy a HUMAX PVR .... which has the advantage of being a dedicated recorder
#12
MATTHEWLONG
Havent they stopped you streaming to the psp?.


blimey...:x

my wife has never been happier :?
#13
waste of money and i usually love everything to do with playstation
#14
Ignore 'ThePennyPincher' - they most certainly haven't stopped it streaming to the PSP - you can watch recorded and live broadcasts using the PSP connecting from anywhere to your PS3. And you CAN play games while it's recording. http://www.playtvps3.com/

Edit: Have just noticed all the posts by TPP about the XBox - all makes sense.
#15
erics
and for that price you can buy a HUMAX PVR .... which has the advantage of being a dedicated recorder


my point exactly. without this feature it becomes a bog standard twin tuner. i've got a topfield 5800 with 160GB that i love to bits and does FAR more than play tv and you ca get them for about the same price
#16
CrazEHorse
Ignore 'ThePennyPincher' - they most certainly haven't stopped it streaming to the PSP - you can watch recorded and live broadcasts using the PSP connecting from anywhere to your PS3. And you CAN play games while it's recording. http://www.playtvps3.com/


anywhere = anywhere where there is wifi and youve set up for remote play!
#17
quidditys_shore
anywhere = anywhere where there is wifi and youve set up for remote play!


Well, yes... I don't think we've quite mastered connections harnessing the power of magic and dreams yet, so we're still using the Internet.
#18
The main feature is the ability to record and store TV programs to your PS3, not to transfer them DRM free. the price is well worth it.

This isnt Sonys fault though, they were forced to remove both the features.
#19
No HD at all in UK and no transfer of recordings. :(
#20
CrazEHorse
Ignore 'ThePennyPincher' - they most certainly haven't stopped it streaming to the PSP - you can watch recorded and live broadcasts using the PSP connecting from anywhere to your PS3. And you CAN play games while it's recording. http://www.playtvps3.com/

Edit: Have just noticed all the posts by TPP about the XBox - all makes sense.


What he said....

You can't move the files around onto other devices but you can certainly stream recorded and live tv to your psp from anywhere with a net connection.
#21
chromosome17
No HD at all in UK and no transfer of recordings. :(


I doubt I'd ever want to transfer recordings, except to watch them on the PSP (which you can still do) - but it's the no HD that's really put me off this. I'm going to wait a few months and see how the HD standards pan out, and how Sony responds.
#22
Thats better. I thought they had removed all of that from the UK.
#23
SimbaK2K
What he said....

You can't move the files around onto other devices but you can certainly stream recorded and live tv to your psp from anywhere with a net connection.


I was going to buy this, but once they removed the transfer function it became a completely useless gadget.

I reckon Sony must have bought shares in energy companies, because to burn electric to watch programs on a 3 inch display is beyond wasteful. :santa:
#24
I've actually just cancelled my preorder for this - decided to go for a Humax instead - which is a dedicated machine, and will probably do a better job - it is roughly the same price too once I factored in the cost of upgrading the HD in my PS3.
#25
This is a good idea, but as usual sony have overpriced the product. £59.99 for a piece of plasic and a disc is wayyyy too much money.
#26
LC70
I was going to buy this, but once they removed the transfer function it became a completely useless gadget.

I reckon Sony must have bought shares in energy companies, because to burn electric to watch programs on a 3 inch display is beyond wasteful. :santa:


For PS3 owners, it's a network-upgradeable twin tuner PVR with an easily (while maintaing the warranty) upgradable hard drive, that allows remote connections to watch live and recorded shows from a PSP anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. For £60 that's not bad - if it's not for you, so be it - that doesn't make it a "completely useless gadget". If you occasionally choose to watch TV on your PSP, I personally don't feel that's 'beyond wasteful' with regards to 'burning electric', but maybe I'm just not sufficiently eco-minded.

adgloride
This is a good idea, but as usual sony have overpriced the product. £59.99 for a piece of plasic and a disc is wayyyy too much money.


I can't help but notice most of your posts are about the XBox, but still. I doubt it comes with a disc, the software's already integrated with the PS3 firmware. I guess that makes it even worse value for money. Don't buy it if you're looking for a cheap supply of plastic.
#27
dancrawley
I've actually just cancelled my preorder for this - decided to go for a Humax instead - which is a dedicated machine, and will probably do a better job - it is roughly the same price too once I factored in the cost of upgrading the HD in my PS3.
Thats crazy, it was the same price?

Id prefer to have one unit...you're gonna have an extra piece of kit next to your TV now!
#28
Vistrix
Thats crazy, it was the same price?

Id prefer to have one unit...you're gonna have an extra piece of kit next to your TV now!


i'd prefer to have 1 but the ps3 doesnt let you transfer stuff, the humax does. it all depends on what you want. if you are a ps3 owner without a pvr freeview box and a spare 160gb harddrive lying adound then get it. if not then get a seperate box
#29
quidditys_shore
i'd prefer to have 1 but the ps3 doesnt let you transfer stuff, the humax does. it all depends on what you want. if you are a ps3 owner without a pvr freeview box and a spare 160gb harddrive lying adound then get it. if not then get a seperate box


Can you upgrade the drives in the Humaxs? I'm running out of space on my PS3 as it is, if I was getting this I'd probably for a 320GB drive, they're only £50.
#30
CrazEHorse
Can you upgrade the drives in the Humaxs? I'm running out of space on my PS3 as it is, if I was getting this I'd probably for a 320GB drive, they're only £50.


i'm sure you can. i know you can with toppys! last few topfeild 5800s on ebay went for only £50. 1 didnt have a HD but still they are great freeview boxes. i can record 2 & watch 2 at the same time! (1 in any corner of the screen!)
#31
quidditys_shore
RIGHT!!!!!

cancelled my order now and wil be voting cold as for me without this feature its poor value. you'd also really need to buy a larger harddrive (atleast 160GB i'd say) so you've looking at a minimum of £100



Surely the idea of voting hot and cold is down to whether the product on sale is at a good price, not whether the product is good compared to its competition. At £10 cheaper than play this is a hot deal, just because it doesnt have a function you want, or not as good as a humax doesnt mean you vote it cold.

Anway it still does the live streaming and streaming of stuff you have saved, however it doesnt allow you to copy files of your PS3 harddrive and onto your PSP, as this would make the files such as (spooks/ ashes to ashes/ desperate housewives etc ) that do big business in DVD box sales open to simple record/ tranfer to Pc to internet to millions of people worldwide.

You can still stream,a nd record whilst playing a game, but you cant take of Your PS3 and onto another device.


The Pluses to this device is that doing it all through your PS3 makes it a tidy , not needing 2-3 boxes, frees up Scart/HDMI slots , plus the sheer power of the PS3 should mean that is is quicker/ easier to use than the PVR's that seem to have problems (even the better ones have bugs)
#32
Using the PS3 as a Freeview box PVR is a tidy solution, but I do worry about its robustness, seeing as it is not a dedicated machine - I don't want PlayTV crashing my PS3!

Also, the PS3 it is incredibly high in Power Consumption - about 135W for a 40GB model (roughly?) A Humax will use about 28W max - making it a much more economical (and eco-friendly?!) way of watching/recording TV. It just seems a bit of a waste of Watts to use the PS3 to watch Eastenders!
#33
king_luis
Surely the idea of voting hot and cold is down to whether the product on sale is at a good price, not whether the product is good compared to its competition. At £10 cheaper than play this is a hot deal, just because it doesnt have a function you want, or not as good as a humax doesnt mean you vote it cold.


:thinking: its a cold deal not a cold price. if i saw a goodmans dvd player (for example) for £100 but then saw it somewhere else for £50 it'd still be a cold deal because there are better dvd players to be had for £50
#34
dancrawley
Using the PS3 as a Freeview box PVR is a tidy solution, but I do worry about its robustness, seeing as it is not a dedicated machine - I don't want PlayTV crashing my PS3!

Also, the PS3 it is incredibly high in Power Consumption - about 135W for a 40GB model (roughly?) A Humax will use about 28W max - making it a much more economical (and eco-friendly?!) way of watching/recording TV. It just seems a bit of a waste of Watts to use the PS3 to watch Eastenders!


Power consumption just for watching is one thing I've been thinking about - 135w isn't really that bad though, I keep my PC on all the time and it uses that much.

I think the interface is lovely though, and upscaled to HD I think it's worth it - and I really don't think robustness will be an issue - if it is, they can just fix it with firmware updates. Not had any such issues with any other part of my PS3, so don't see why it would be the case with an official Sony peripheral.
#35
Price is seems good to me so voted hot as I'll be buying one

The interface is nice and bright a lot clearer than the Sony HDD/DVD Rec PVR (just sold on ebay) I got from bargain crazy at the begining of ths month.

Sony did announce that the file transfer ability had been removed but it still worked @ the Leipzig game convention last week on firmware 2.42.
#36
It's a nice idea, but the huge difference in power consumption between this and a dedicated PVR should definitely be factored in. While the 40gb model probably uses ~135w the older 60gb model would probably use nearer 175w and these figures don't take into account the power draw of the PlayTV box!
EDIT: Also I get the impression, although I may be wrong, that it cannot record two programs simultaneously, only record one watch one.

I'm not going to vote cold as its still the best price found so far and streaming to the PSP is definitely a cool feature if you have one.
#37
This is way overpriced when compared to the competition and quite honestly the first thing that I do not like that enhances the PS3 functionality.
#38
I'd suspect also that this just lets you record one show while watching another - can't remember a time when I've wanted to record two shows at once, but can imagine this being an issue to some.

I don't agree that this is overpriced compared to the competition though, unless you're mistakenly comparing it with a generic STB.
#39
CrazEHorse
I'd suspect also that this just lets you record one show while watching another - can't remember a time when I've wanted to record two shows at once, but can imagine this being an issue to some.

I don't agree that this is overpriced compared to the competition though, unless you're mistakenly comparing it with a generic STB.


we do it ALL the time! especially as the timers add a few mins either way incase a program overruns.
#40
I'm sort of missing the point of this site now. Someone has spotted an item being sold at £10 less than other stores and therfore posted as a hot deal. Who cares who has a PVR already an xbox or any other form tv recorder. Who cares if someone will not be buying one as they think it's ****.

Thanks for posting Olavs, thanks for taking the time. I will make my own judgement if to buy or not.

M

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