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PlayTV £29.98 @ Game instore

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PlayTv at Game for 29.98. Same as the Gamestation deal, just in Game (if your Gamestation is OOS, or not nearby) Read More
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#1
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#2
Confirmed as just seen this in the Gyle centre in Edinburgh... and was about to post it myself. :)
#3
Good price but I would prefer a dedicated pvr with a large hard disk, it's lower power and will have enough room for video, unlike by ps3
#4
Dont forget reward card points ;)
#5
loopie
Good price but I would prefer a dedicated pvr with a large hard disk, it's lower power and will have enough room for video, unlike by ps3


And one thats compatible with freeview hd.
#6
I love PlayTV - it is ace :thumbsup:
#7
Could anyone pls tell me if this will take an input as well as the ariel. To clarify my main use for dedicated HD recorder is to archive programs from my Sky + box when full.....so I nee dto be able to feed a signal into the PS3 to make this a good alternative.

Thanks
#8
mgk
Could anyone pls tell me if this will take an input as well as the ariel. To clarify my main use for dedicated HD recorder is to archive programs from my Sky + box when full.....so I nee dto be able to feed a signal into the PS3 to make this a good alternative.

Thanks


its just freeview
#9
loopie
Good price but I would prefer a dedicated pvr with a large hard disk, it's lower power and will have enough room for video, unlike by ps3


get 320gb drive from amazon or play ....as Gordon Ramsay Say...Done....
#10
deathtrap3000
And one thats compatible with freeview hd.


i was looking at getting play tv and was reading on the sony website that with the latest update for play tv it now upscales sd to hd
now a hd box wont upscale sd and they cost a bomb freeview
#11
if only play tv could be used with espn.
#12
sd to hd is noticeable and also the menu's are fast, not like cheap PVR's where the interface is slow, this is impressively responsive, even for 'red button' services and bbc text.
#13
super_leeds_86
if only play tv could be used with espn.


+1. :( iPhones get ESPN but PS3s don't, psh!
#14
It's a shame that it won't work with Freeview HD when they roll it out, but this is a great PVR system for the cash if you have a PS3. For me it's great, as I often have to stick programmes recorded off-air onto DVDs for work, and transferring from Play TV to an external disk takes a couple of minutes, rather than all night on my Humax 9200T
#15
Downsides:

No volume controls
No series link recording
No HD

Also about the upscaling, doesn't look too hot in my view.
#16
Bargain! Will check in town tomorrow as now Game/Gamestation have these for the same price! Hope i'm not too late!
#17
Niz
Downsides:

No volume controls
No series link recording
No HD

Also about the upscaling, doesn't look too hot in my view.


Surely you use your TV remote to change the volume, same as with any other STB?
Series Link is being worked on, and HD is supported in countries that air it using DVB-T. The UK is going to be using DVB-T2, a new standard which will require new hardware. Which is why I suspect this is being reduced to make room for a new one.

Personally I've had PlayTV for just over a year and for £30 it's a bargain! Voted hot by me. Even better value if you've got a PSP, as you can watch TV on it via your PS3! :thumbsup:

A couple of links with more info...
PlayTV Blog, where they state what they're working on: http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2009/06/19/playtv-update/

And a Wikipedia article which explains what the software updates have provided amongst other details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayTV
#18
Yes, this does not support Freeview in HD. It also doesn't clean your house, and cook your dinner, in *exactly* the same way that no product on the market does. Why compare this with freeview HD when there are no freeview HD recievers available, and when they do become available, they will almost certainly retail at more than 3 times this price for a half decent one? This is the most facetious argument in the world. It's like arguing that a Blu Ray player is a waste of time, because it won'T play holographic discs, when they come on the market in 10 years time or however long it will take.

And lastly, there is no definitive proof that it *won't* be able to operate freeview HD in the UK. the difference is that the new DVB-T2 broadcast type is pre-compressed, and needs a new, more advanced chip to decode the signal. You seriously think the the CPU of the PS3, capable of rendering 3D graphics, in High Definition, at more than 30fps, isn't going to be able to decode the signals? now, I'm not saying that it will be implemented, I'm not saying that it won't - but I simply can't believe that the hardware is *incapable* of doing it. It'll just depend on whether it would be practical for Sony to facilitate it.

As for people suggesting it is being sold off cheap in preperation for the release of the PlayTV HD version, do you think the UK market alone is big enough to justify such a product at this time? I think something like that would have to wait til at least other major markets in Europe started adopting DVB-T2 as well.
#19
Hothothot! Freeview HD isn't rolling out till 2011 in sussex, so this will tide me over till then. Sky is getting hella expensive, and I'm goona ditch them in jan for this.
#20
[QUOTE=OmniGod]

And lastly, there is no definitive proof that it *won't* be able to operate freeview HD in the UK. the difference is that the new DVB-T2 broadcast type is pre-compressed, and needs a new, more advanced chip to decode the signal. You seriously think the the CPU of the PS3, capable of rendering 3D graphics, in High Definition, at more than 30fps, isn't going to be able to decode the signals? now, I'm not saying that it will be implemented, I'm not saying that it won't - but I simply can't believe that the hardware is *incapable* of doing it. It'll just depend on whether it would be practical for Sony to facilitate it.

QUOTE]

Its the add on that does the processing of the signal not the PS3....so without the correct chip in it does not matter that the PS3 is all powerful.....gonna head down to my local game to see if this is really true.....
#21
£30! Been umming and ahhing for ages...I'm having one!
#22
For £30 a bargain if you don't have a PVR, well worth it and really will change how you watch TV. I have a Humax and Sky HD so I'll be passing but I'm still tempted in case I do get a PSP next year. I couldn't live without Series link now but back in the day when I had a cheap digfusion you could always set it up to repeat at the same time each week which was usually good enough. The only other thing you need to remember is that this will take up a USB port so if you have a newer PS3 it might be worth getting a cheap USB hub as well
#23
do you ahve to leave your playstation on for this to work?
#24
spaceghost
Surely you use your TV remote to change the volume, same as with any other STB?
Series Link is being worked on, and HD is supported in countries that air it using DVB-T. The UK is going to be using DVB-T2, a new standard which will require new hardware. Which is why I suspect this is being reduced to make room for a new one.

Personally I've had PlayTV for just over a year and for £30 it's a bargain! Voted hot by me. Even better value if you've got a PSP, as you can watch TV on it via your PS3! :thumbsup:

A couple of links with more info...
PlayTV Blog, where they state what they're working on: http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2009/06/19/playtv-update/

And a Wikipedia article which explains what the software updates have provided amongst other details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayTV


Oh no I meant the upscaling isnt so good its a hot deal, just highlighting the downsides, HD is an unfair downside since its no the boxes fault. The volume is annoying having to pick up the TV remote to adjust, on most boxes ive used allow you to program in the TV volume. The Box could have made a system volume to make up for the PS3 remotes lack of volume and remapped the buttons for this. series link is valid, its been a year and they still have not implemented one of the most vital components of a PVR?
#25
sarah3585
do you ahve to leave your playstation on for this to work?


on standby :)
#26
code2006
i was looking at getting play tv and was reading on the sony website that with the latest update for play tv it now upscales sd to hd
now a hd box wont upscale sd and they cost a bomb freeview


Your LCD television already upscales a signal to its native resolution. What is happening with PlayTV I presume is that as the PS3 outputs a set signal (720/1080p) the PS3 is handling the upscaling and feeding your TV that 720/1080p image, so there is no scaling done by the television if you have a 1080p set with overscan turned off. If you have a 720p set (1366x768) then there is two lots of scaling going off there, one to get it to 720p, and one to get it to fit the screen.

Whereas with the inbuilt freeview of your telly, the telly is receving a 576i signal and upscaling it to its native resolution, be it 1366x768, or 1920x1080.

Both are 'upscaling' as it were, just depends on which stage it's being done at, and whether the PS3 does a better job of it than your TV.
#27
In the area where I live the signal quality is quite poor through my aerial.

Does this work via input from my aerial on my roof or via streaming using the internet connection?

If it's the latter then i'll get this a.s.a.p, if not then it'll just be a brick.

Cheers
#28
Tanks for posting, brought this on 19th Dec for £39.99 at PC WORLD. Just rang them and they said I can take it back to their store for a price match, plus an exra 10% discount!!! Oh yeh!!
#29
Tye
In the area where I live the signal quality is quite poor through my aerial.

Does this work via input from my aerial on my roof or via streaming using the internet connection?

If it's the latter then i'll get this a.s.a.p, if not then it'll just be a brick.

Cheers
just bog standard aerial from the roof connection
#30
Ugh that sucks, thank you though :)
#31
Do PC World price match Game? I'm stuck in work but got a PC World about 2 min walk away.
#32
Bossworld
Your LCD television already upscales a signal to its native resolution. What is happening with PlayTV I presume is that as the PS3 outputs a set signal (720/1080p) the PS3 is handling the upscaling and feeding your TV that 720/1080p image, so there is no scaling done by the television if you have a 1080p set with overscan turned off. If you have a 720p set (1366x768) then there is two lots of scaling going off there, one to get it to 720p, and one to get it to fit the screen.

Whereas with the inbuilt freeview of your telly, the telly is receving a 576i signal and upscaling it to its native resolution, be it 1366x768, or 1920x1080.

Both are 'upscaling' as it were, just depends on which stage it's being done at, and whether the PS3 does a better job of it than your TV.



playtv is getting discounted because of upcoming freeview hd which starts next year in some regions. so for 30 pounds you are buying a product with possibly built-in obsolescence . however, you should be able to flog it off quite esily since most of europe pays a lot more for the same product and if you lob it on ebay you will be able to easily recoup most of the cost (i know because i just sold a couple of playtv to europe for a decent amount of money). a lot of europe supports playtv hd dvb-t technology so the product will be perfectly usable in europe.

e.g. the playtv is selling for 80 pounds in germany.

http://www.amazon.de/Sony-PlayStation-3-Play-TV-TV-Tuner/dp/B001D67WJW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1261569233&sr=8-1


the upscaling of playtv is really really good. the picture quality is considerably better than both the toshiba and samsung tvs i have.

the great thing also is that the receiver seems to be better at picking up freeview signals which my tv is incapable of i.e. some of the freeview channels seem to work on playtv but not on my standard freeview tv. maybe playtv has better error correction.
#33
anh_duong
playtv is getting discounted because of upcoming freeview hd which starts next year in some regions. so for 30 pounds you are buying a product with possibly built-in obsolescence . however, you should be able to flog it off quite esily since most of europe pays a lot more for the same product and if you lob it on ebay you will be able to easily recoup most of the cost (i know because i just sold a couple of playtv to europe for a decent amount of money). a lot of europe supports playtv hd dvb-t technology so the product will be perfectly usable in europe.

e.g. the playtv is selling for 80 pounds in germany.

http://www.amazon.de/Sony-PlayStation-3-Play-TV-TV-Tuner/dp/B001D67WJW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1261569233&sr=8-1


the upscaling of playtv is really really good. the picture quality is considerably better than both the toshiba and samsung tvs i have.

the great thing also is that the receiver seems to be better at picking up freeview signals which my tv is incapable of i.e. some of the freeview channels seem to work on playtv but not on my standard freeview tv. maybe playtv has better error correction.


Stronger tuner perhaps, I had two USB sticks, one Elgato EyeTV (was from a mac) the other a Hauppauge Nova-T. Both used the same windows drivers and were effectively different revisions of the same hardware, but the Hauppauge received more channels, didn't corrupt the picture when used with a splitter/booster, and always kept the signal better.

I use a Windows 7 based HTPC for timeshifting/recording so my Sharp LCD has no aerial plugged into it. No loss as media centre produces a much better picture and doubles up with DVB-S tuners too (freesat), and the EPG is quicker than the Sharp one.

Should add that in the first scenario (PS3/720p TV/1366x768) there's actually 3 lots of scaling going off, not 2.

Like yourself, I'll need new DVB-T2 equipment when the time comes.
#34
Bossworld
Stronger tuner perhaps, I had two USB sticks, one Elgato EyeTV (was from a mac) the other a Hauppauge Nova-T. Both used the same windows drivers and were effectively different revisions of the same hardware, but the Hauppauge received more channels, didn't corrupt the picture when used with a splitter/booster, and always kept the signal better.

I use a Windows 7 based HTPC for timeshifting/recording so my Sharp LCD has no aerial plugged into it. No loss as media centre produces a much better picture and doubles up with DVB-S tuners too (freesat), and the EPG is quicker than the Sharp one.

Should add that in the first scenario (PS3/720p TV/1366x768) there's actually 3 lots of scaling going off, not 2.

Like yourself, I'll need new DVB-T2 equipment when the time comes.


what software do you use for freesat?? i use dvbviewer and powercinema (came free with the nova-s) but found them both so user unfriendly.
#35
dancrawley
I love PlayTV - it is ace :thumbsup:

Dan's the man re Play tv! :)
#36
anh_duong
what software do you use for freesat?? i use dvbviewer and powercinema (came free with the nova-s) but found them both so user unfriendly.


Windows 7 media centre, absolutely fantastic.

Bit more info on my setup here mate if you're interested

http://www.avforums.com/forums/home-entertainment-pcs/1098186-bossworlds-htpc-build-rebuild.html
#37
rob585

Its the add on that does the processing of the signal not the PS3....so without the correct chip in it does not matter that the PS3 is all powerful.....gonna head down to my local game to see if this is really true.....


Personally, I think it's within the capabilities to change the software so that the box outputs a non-decoded signal to the PS3, and then the PS3 does the job of the new chip. Afterall, the difficult job of recieving the radiowaves has already been done, just needs to find a way to make sense of it.

And the idea that regular freeview will be obsolete just because Freeview HD comes out in a few regions soon? That's quite thoroughly stupid. They aren't turning off DVB-T transmitters, there is currently no plan to do that whatsoever. Some areas won't be getting Freeview HD transmissions for another 2 years, and not everyone has an HD television to display freeview HD on when it comes out.

This should be being compared to other, *currently available* products, like a Humax PVR, rather than some product which won'T be available for several months, and even then, won't work for most of the people in the country.
#38
Heat & Rep added. You da Man!!!!!! :p:w00t::-D:thumbsup::santa:
#39
OmniGod
Personally, I think it's within the capabilities to change the software so that the box outputs a non-decoded signal to the PS3, and then the PS3 does the job of the new chip. Afterall, the difficult job of recieving the radiowaves has already been done, just needs to find a way to make sense of it.

And the idea that regular freeview will be obsolete just because Freeview HD comes out in a few regions soon? That's quite thoroughly stupid. They aren't turning off DVB-T transmitters, there is currently no plan to do that whatsoever. Some areas won't be getting Freeview HD transmissions for another 2 years, and not everyone has an HD television to display freeview HD on when it comes out.


DVB-T2 requires completely new hardware, and there is nothing that Sony can do to the PS3/existing PlayTV box to make that happen - it'll be like trying to recieve FM radio with an AM tuner, it's simply not gonna happen.

The PS3 could easily handle it, just they will need to bring out a new version of Play TV for us to watch Freeview in HD. Of course nothing will happen to the existing SD channels, you just won't be able to watch any HD ones without an HD tuner.
#40
Got me one at the Dundee store. Looks great and was easy to install.

THANKS!

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