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PlayTV at £32.70 tescodirect

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normally £40 or more, was previously at tescodirect but expired.

the USB adaptor and software to turn your PS3 into a freeview digital recorder/receiver

I have one and it's fantastic; the only snag is fighting the kids off the PS3 to use it!

Doesn't do freeviewHD in the UK, and never will, that requires a newer receiver which does DVB-T2. Will do HD in some countries which use DVB-T with h264 for HD.
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#1
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#2
nice find .
have some heat
#3
Good price, but don't forget it has not got pass through (you will need 2 aerials if you want to watch TV through your TV (if that makes sense!)
#4
do you need an arial or does it run through broadband?
#5
NK - needs an aerial, but seems to give a better boost and more stable picture than other digiboxes or pvr's that I've tried.
Great item that they'll hopefully replace with a HD version when the technology is rolled out.
#6
Yeah its a great little add-on, you can record TV then export the file to your PC/laptop via usb.
Bear in mind that the recordings can be up to 2GB per hour, so a HDD upgrade may be in order. Very easy to do though, and if you get an enclosure you can use the old HDD as a backup drive.
#7
Brilliant Price :-)! Would recommend and have recommended to anyone with a PS3.

I wish the rumoured update would come out allowing Series Link though

Apart from that its the best freeview EPG recorder I have ever used. :-)
Coupled with the PS3 Bluetooth remote and its spot on.
If you dont own it...for this price BUY IT!!!
#8
nickelarse
Brilliant Price :-)! Would recommend and have recommended to anyone with a PS3.

I wish the rumoured update would come out allowing Series Link though

Apart from that its the best freeview EPG recorder I have ever used. :-)
Coupled with the PS3 Bluetooth remote and its spot on.
If you dont own it...for this price BUY IT!!!


I think series link is like the most vital feature, with that missing its not as appealing but if you want freeview with pause rewind and VCR type recording function it does the job.

What qualifies it as being the best to you though? to even start watching TV the PS3 has to boot and play TV selected even that adds a negative to a stand alone unit.
#9
spudmcgraw
Good price, but don't forget it has not got pass through (you will need 2 aerials if you want to watch TV through your TV (if that makes sense!)
you could pass through your TV first?
#10
imdave
Yeah its a great little add-on, you can record TV then export the file to your PC/laptop via usb.
Bear in mind that the recordings can be up to 2GB per hour, so a HDD upgrade may be in order. Very easy to do though, and if you get an enclosure you can use the old HDD as a backup drive.

Have I got this right.... I can get freeviews programs on this and then simply drag them similar to iTunes onto my netbook and take on holiday with me etc. Also I have never used free view before where would be the best place to get a full list of channels. This may really help me as we can only have sky in one room and our tv connected to the ps3 only has 5 channels. Thanks for any advice


Edited By: Goofeys Girl on Oct 27, 2010 17:39: Add
#11
Niz
nickelarse
Brilliant Price :-)! Would recommend and have recommended to anyone with a PS3.

I wish the rumoured update would come out allowing Series Link though

Apart from that its the best freeview EPG recorder I have ever used. :-)
Coupled with the PS3 Bluetooth remote and its spot on.
If you dont own it...for this price BUY IT!!!


I think series link is like the most vital feature, with that missing its not as appealing but if you want freeview with pause rewind and VCR type recording function it does the job.

What qualifies it as being the best to you though? to even start watching TV the PS3 has to boot and play TV selected even that adds a negative to a stand alone unit.


Boot up time is no problem to me. It only takes a couple of minutes.
The EPG is extremely responsive and loads the full 7 days.
It has never crashed on me.
Watch and record at the same time.
#12
Goofeys Girl
imdave
Yeah its a great little add-on, you can record TV then export the file to your PC/laptop via usb.
Bear in mind that the recordings can be up to 2GB per hour, so a HDD upgrade may be in order. Very easy to do though, and if you get an enclosure you can use the old HDD as a backup drive.

Have I got this right.... I can get freeviews programs on this and then simply drag them similar to iTunes onto my netbook and take on holiday with me etc. Also I have never used free view before where would be the best place to get a full list of channels. This may really help me as we can only have sky in one room and our tv connected to the ps3 only has 5 channels. Thanks for any advice


Yes, it records the freeview mpeg2 stream as a .m2ts file that you can export to your PC. The files can be quite big so I generally convert them to mp4 with Handbrake (freeware converter).
At freeview.co.uk you can find a list of channels etc. and crucially at the bottom of the homepage you can search your postcode to see whether you can currently get it in your area (after the analogue signal is switched off the freeview coverage should be about the same as analogue). The amount of channels you get can vary, for example I get most of the channels whereas my grandmother who lives a few miles away has them all (lives near the transmitter ;)).

Edited By: imdave on Oct 27, 2010 17:52: .
#13
Could this be used to record for Sky tv, or is it just freeview that it operates with?
#14
calnanville
Could this be used to record for Sky tv, or is it just freeview that it operates with?

Freeview only.
suspended#15
although out of stock its £25 at gamestation
#16
When is the HD version coming out?
#17
I got one of these from Game a few months back for £20, it was stickered up as used but when I got it home everything was brand new inside.
#18
I installed this box for my partners boy a couple of weeks ago - bought the box ages ago for £30 when it was on offer !!

Seems to work well ran a cable to the attic and using a big cheap aerial from argos (cost £10) - only downside is we only get freeview lite around here - so its annoying no film 4 etc to be able to record !!

When they were testing just before switchover from analogue we had all channels - then they reduced the power from the main transmitter and film 4 etc dropped out what a bunch of w**kers !!

Still it handy to be able to record on the ps3 and managed to cancel sky multi-room and use this instead.

ps - Sky are supposed to be releasing "anytime +" yesterday - something like the bbc iplayer for sky customers with sky package + sky broadband - supposed to be able to call up lots of old progs - not sure if it comes thro just the tv or whether you can pick it up on a pc - will have to have a look.
#19
Goofeys Girl
imdave
Yeah its a great little add-on, you can record TV then export the file to your PC/laptop via usb. Bear in mind that the recordings can be up to 2GB per hour, so a HDD upgrade may be in order. Very easy to do though, and if you get an enclosure you can use the old HDD as a backup drive.
Have I got this right.... I can get freeviews programs on this and then simply drag them similar to iTunes onto my netbook and take on holiday with me etc. Also I have never used free view before where would be the best place to get a full list of channels. This may really help me as we can only have sky in one room and our tv connected to the ps3 only has 5 channels. Thanks for any advice
I use a freeview box its scart plug sized unit got of ebay £12 inc del its got usb on it i just plug usb mem stick in it then plug it in laptop recorded progs play no problem.Thought this may be alternative to this for TV on holiday
#20
Thanks imdave and andymath will have a good look at my options my kids may fancy free view
#21
i've been using play t.v for a while, its awesome when its up and running, probably one of the best freeview boxes out there and coupled with the PS3 is even better.

Tip though is to run an ariel to the t.v too because it doesnt just boot up as quick as flicking the t.v on if you are tryna catch the weather or somthing

Also play t.v 2 will be coming out soon, it can receieve HD freeview channels unlike regular play t.v
#22
[[/quote]I use a freeview box its scart plug sized unit got of ebay £12 inc del its got usb on it i just plug usb mem stick in it then plug it in laptop recorded progs play no problem.Thought this may be alternative to this for TV on holiday[/quote]
The main plus point of the ps3 tv box is that you can record a load of progs and store them on the ps3 hard drive, another feature as far as I know is that that you can call up those recordings via wifi on your psp when you are somewhere else and playback the recordings on the psp not a bad little feature.
#23
great product!
#24
fossman
I got one of these from Game a few months back for £20, it was stickered up as used but when I got it home everything was brand new inside.

same here although they didn't have any on display so I asked and was told that they had a few preowned ones in the store for £20 each. Looked brand new/unused to me and well worth 20 notes. Worth asking if you're passing a GAME shop
#25
wouldn't recommend this- you have to leave the ps3 on standby and it switches on for every recording- which thanks to the **** PS3 thinking it is god, makes your tv automatically switch over to HDMI. So in essence you need to dedicate a TV to PlayTV as you can't watch your TV if Play TV has an upcoming recording as it will turn over whatever you are watching because obviously all attention must be focused on King Sony. Other **** features include no series link, and if recordings overlap you have to choose which one you want to disregard, so its no good if for some crazy reason you leave the house for more than a couple of hours. So buy it if you like babysitting an incredibly primitive device.

Oh you can back up the recordings on HDD but even that feature is spoiled by the **** ps3 again having restrictions- this being that the HDD must be formatted to Fat32, so you then have to go about getting rubbish complicated software to convert a NTSF HDD to archaic Fat32.

Btw I'm not a fanboy- I just hate my ps3 (the xbox is a bit of a dick as well come to think about it)
#26
bobbybuilder

The main plus point of the ps3 tv box is that you can record a load of progs and store them on the ps3 hard drive, another feature as far as I know is that that you can call up those recordings via wifi on your psp when you are somewhere else and playback the recordings on the psp not a bad little feature.


have you ever managed to actually get this to work, I cannot for the life of me figure this out and searching on the internet its a PS3 PSP FAIL!! I can get it to work on the same network but if I go elsewhere it just wont work! I have returned home to find the PS3 on but I never managed to control it.


Edited By: Niz on Oct 27, 2010 22:13: cv
suspended#27
Saw this in Comet today (Rochdale - Kingsway Retail Park? I think it's called), on sale for £30, had plenty in stock too.
#28
there are a few niggles with playTV, but overall I think it's excellent, and dodoegg1 exaggerates the problems.

I tried a cheap aerial splitter (99p from Wilkos) and found that I couldn't connect my playtv and tv (panasonic viera) at the same time, either because it caused an impedance mismatch and/or dropped the signal, or because of interference.

things I'd like to see
* background recompression to a more efficient codec
* series link, or at the very least, ability to search the EPG for the same program under the cursor (whether in epg or library)
* easier export, whether to usb drive or NAS
* simple editing feature to chop start and finish, and even snip out bits in the middle (adverts removal anyone?), would save a fair amount of disk space


BTW, you don't need a vaio to run sony's remoteplay on your PC
http://www.ps3-hacks.com/2010/06/21/vaio-remote-play-patch-released-use-sonys-remote-play-on-non-vaio-pcs/
[helper]#29
Still Valid :O)
#30
Dangermouse500
When is the HD version coming out?

There have been no announcements made of its existence. Whether it will happen is debatable since it would mean a UK only device since PlayTV already supports the standard in the rest of the EU afaik.

Niz
bobbybuilder

The main plus point of the ps3 tv box is that you can record a load of progs and store them on the ps3 hard drive, another feature as far as I know is that that you can call up those recordings via wifi on your psp when you are somewhere else and playback the recordings on the psp not a bad little feature.


have you ever managed to actually get this to work, I cannot for the life of me figure this out and searching on the internet its a PS3 PSP FAIL!! I can get it to work on the same network but if I go elsewhere it just wont work! I have returned home to find the PS3 on but I never managed to control it.


I've had this working without any problems; I've watched tv and recordings on my ps3 in hotels. I'm assuming you connect to the PS3 directly when locally; have you tried use remote play via a connection to your router? If the latter works then you should be good to go while using a wireless network away from home.


Edited By: varsas on Dec 19, 2010 00:54: updating.
#31
dodoegg1
wouldn't recommend this- you have to leave the ps3 on standby and it switches on for every recording- which thanks to the **** PS3 thinking it is god, makes your tv automatically switch over to HDMI. So in essence you need to dedicate a TV to PlayTV as you can't watch your TV if Play TV has an upcoming recording as it will turn over whatever you are watching because obviously all attention must be focused on King Sony. Other **** features include no series link, and if recordings overlap you have to choose which one you want to disregard, so its no good if for some crazy reason you leave the house for more than a couple of hours. So buy it if you like babysitting an incredibly primitive device.

Oh you can back up the recordings on HDD but even that feature is spoiled by the **** ps3 again having restrictions- this being that the HDD must be formatted to Fat32, so you then have to go about getting rubbish complicated software to convert a NTSF HDD to archaic Fat32.

Btw I'm not a fanboy- I just hate my ps3 (the xbox is a bit of a dick as well come to think about it)

You must have a problem using the remote control since even if the PS3 switches channel you can switch back without affecting the recording. I'm pretty certain that the automatic input change can be switched off with settings on the ps3 or on the tv. Additionally assuming you are dependant upon the PlayTV box for Freeview channels you are able to watch a different channel to the one being recorded.

You can also use your brain, if a programme overlaps then why not set a manual recording to stop or start at the overlap point?

I don't see the point of mentioning the fat32 format requirment since external drives connected to Macs and the Xbox also require it; when I formatted an old external drive for use with my ps3 a quick search online lead to a simple application that did the task without too much hassle.



Edited By: varsas on Dec 19, 2010 00:52: updating.
#32
it was way cheaper before
#33
also playtv 2 is cominh out

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