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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 Sixaxis

Due For Release on 19/09/2008

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#1
looks pretty good, i don't need it, but it sure is fancy enough.
#2
Surely You'd want to beef up the PS3 HDD to record more than 30mins of HDTV. If I didn't already have a 160gb HDD recorder I would consider this.

Hot deal? edit: Good reviews... tempted...

http://techdigest.tv/playtv-ps3.jpg
banned#3
Wow, that's it.....Xbox 360 and DVD Recorder going on eBay...getting a PS3 and one of these bad boys....Saw a post earlier for a 2.5" HD for only £101....sounds like a good combo

Thanks heat added
#4
catinthehat
looks pretty good, i don't need it, but it sure is fancy enough.


That's exactly the reason why you need to buy it!:thumbsup:

Repeat after me - 'gadgets are good, gadgets are good...'
banned#5
Does anyone know if this will add to the codec package on the PS3? PS3's will only play about 75% of my movie collection, some have dodgy sound etc....if this improves things it will make it essential...
#6
Surely this is only going to pickup standard Freeview and allow you to record standard TV (not HD TV).
You'd be much better getting a PVR and having it wake up to record etc rather than use 10x the electricity to power the PS3. Probably won't be able to record at the same time as you're playing a game?

I'm happy with my Humax thanks!

Saying that it will be good for some folks and the Wireless feature is nice.

Can't be much more elsewhere though, what's the RRP?
#7
darkovo
Surely this is only going to pickup standard Freeview and allow you to record standard TV (not HD TV).
You'd be much better getting a PVR and having it wake up to record etc rather than use 10x the electricity to power the PS3. Probably won't be able to record at the same time as you're playing a game?


may be it says you can record hdtv is because it might be able to pick up hd signals? do you NEED a dish for hd signals or just an antenna is ok?
banned#8
Just get Sky+
#9
Zootaga
Wow, that's it.....Xbox 360 and DVD Recorder going on eBay...getting a PS3 and one of these bad boys....Saw a post earlier for a 2.5" HD for only £101....sounds like a good combo

Thanks heat added


Not sure you'll get much enjoyment from a 2.5" screen hehe
#10
moob
That's exactly the reason why you need to buy it!:thumbsup:

Repeat after me - 'gadgets are good, gadgets are good...'


thats the reason i got sky hd! :thumbsup:

im sure i will get this, im just telling myself at the moment that i don't want it because it isn't out yet!
1 Like #11
http://www.hardcoreware.net/image.php?src=5479&ts=1172044985

power consumption minimal

sky+ =/= playtv

playtv is a freeview recorder.

advantages over freeview recorder
- the recordings are portable and drm free (struggle to extract a recording from a dedicated pvr)
- free and regular firmware upgrade (would likely be the best supported freeview recorder out there)
- upscaling
- remote access and recording over the net (you will likely need a psp though)
- hard drive easily changeable
- twin hd tuner although hd support is circumspect
- all in one box/medicenter (one box for games, basic internet, dvd, blu-ray, streaming and recording)
- price is almost comparable to a twin freeview usb recorder
- save a hdmi connection since most tv will only have three hdmi connection at most.
- can record and play games at the same time
- a very quiet mediacenter

disadvantages
- you need a ps3!
- most likely need to upgrade your ps3 if hard disk is 40gb
- price is a bit more than a retail usb twin tuner (about 15 pounds more)
- hd support questionable
- no cable input
#12
FYI I heard that the reason this has been delayed so much was to make it able to record while playing games & it will power up from standby for recordings.. Although only time will tell.

ps. I've ordered this drive to upgrade my PS3 specially (think it has been posted on here before), only £50 for 250gb..
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/131277
#13
This is confirmed to record tv while playing games incase anyone is wondering.
#14
will it have hddvd support :)
#15
Anyone know how this works? I bought a USB TV receiver for my PC but even with an aerial (which i bought separately as the one provided was ****) I was unable to pickup any TV stations. Signal quality in my area is great. Does this work in the same way? If i was to buy it am i likely to get the same results as the USB one?

Thanks
#16
anh_duong
http://www.hardcoreware.net/image.php?src=5479&ts=1172044985

power consumption minimal

sky+ =/= playtv

playtv is a freeview recorder.

advantages over freeview recorder
- the recordings are portable and drm free (struggle to extract a recording from a dedicated pvr)
- free and regular firmware upgrade (would likely be the best supported freeview recorder out there)
- upscaling
- remote access and recording over the net (you will likely need a psp though)
- hard drive easily changeable
- twin hd tuner although hd support is circumspect
- all in one box/medicenter (one box for games, basic internet, dvd, blu-ray, streaming and recording)
- price is almost comparable to a twin freeview usb recorder
- save a hdmi connection since most tv will only have three hdmi connection at most.
- can record and play games at the same time
- a very quiet mediacenter

disadvantages
- you need a ps3!
- most likely need to upgrade your ps3 if hard disk is 40gb
- price is a bit more than a retail usb twin tuner (about 15 pounds more)
- hd support questionable
- no cable input


They've sort of changed that Seems you nead to be near your PS3 now.
#17
mattmerch
will it have hddvd support :)


i doubt it if its a sony product.
#18
this is silly if you're not receiving HD channels! Sky + is the way to go until you do!
#19
ScarboroughKID
They've sort of changed that Seems you nead to be near your PS3 now.


and your poor PS3 gets cained more than usual, it's more likely to break down if it's used a lot more!
#20
I will buy this, but ive voted COLD. This is the RRP i dont see the deal.

Edit: just seen the voucher.. but i'll wait til closer to release im sure the deals will get better
#21
Anyone heard of Sky +. Guess if you can't have sky or a recordable DVD HDD then it's good but not really enough memory.
#22
Zootaga
Wow, that's it.....Xbox 360 and DVD Recorder going on eBay...getting a PS3 and one of these bad boys....Saw a post earlier for a 2.5" HD for only £101....sounds like a good combo

Thanks heat added


Why? give up a gaming console just so you can watch a few tv programmes?
#23
would have gone sweetwith my new hdd but just seen its not supportedon my ps3 :(
#24
jakenjo
and your poor PS3 gets cained more than usual, it's more likely to break down if it's used a lot more!


you buy something in the intention of using it.

the most unreliable part of the ps3 is the laser. this won't touch the laser so i think you be okay.
#25
Features: (from wikipedia)

LiveTV:[2] The Live TV feature allows access to the widely available DVB-T network. In the UK this is known as Freeview. Whilst using the Live TV option, live programming is cached as it is displayed, so that users can pause, rewind and fast forward through any recently-viewed material, as well as record and turn subtitles and audio description on/off. Screen size can also be changed. PlayTV allows users to watch one programme whilst recording another. Live TV also has a now and next bar enabling users to scroll through live TV and see what is on other channels and what is coming on next.
Guide (Electronic Program Guide):[2] The software features a 7-day electronic program guide.[3] PlayTV allows users to set recordings and change channel from the Guide; also selectable is a Favourites guide which is a list of a user's favourite programmes. The Guide shows a full description of all programmes. Whilst setting recordings, users can set whether they would like to repeat the recordings daily or weekly to record the same programme again in a series - similar to the 'series link' feature on Sky+.
Library:[2] The PlayTV Library is where all the recorded content is stored. The content can be viewed in a list view or in a thumbnail view. Its also fully sortable by date, channel and name. The library is also where content can be exported to the PlayStation 3's main menu to be stored with the rest of the user's video files. Whilst playing back the recorded content, users can pause, fast forward, rewind, skip to/from and turn subtitles and audio description on/off. Screen size can also be changed.
Schedule:[2] The schedule feature allows users to edit their future recordings. It is also fully searchable.
Find and Record:[2] The find and record feature allows users to search the next 7 days worth of TV programmes by searching with a key word in the title of the programmes and/or the description of the programme. Find and record also lets users set manual recordings using the channel, date and time that you wish to record.
Mobile TV with PSP: Wi-Fi connectivity with a PlayStation Portable allows for portable viewing of live or recorded television programming. By using the Remote Play feature of the PlayStation 3, owners can use a PlayStation Portable to access their PlayStation 3 console from anywhere in the world via the Internet. The Remote Play feature has the ability to 'wake up' the PlayStation 3 from stand-by mode, allowing the user the ability to watch live TV, set recordings and watch previously recorded content anywhere in the world direct from their PlayStation 3 to their PlayStation Portable via the internet.
Recorded programmes can be transcoded and transferred via USB to the PlayStation Portable. The recorded files will not contain DRM meaning the programmes will be copyable to any mass storage device connected to the PlayStation 3.[4] This feature also allows the export of radio shows allowing users to make their very own podcasts for on the go listening.
Manuals:[2] PlayTV displays an on-screen manual. This acts as a quick reference to the various functions of a controller, Blu-ray remote control and remote play using a PlayStation Portable.
Settings and other features:[2]
[LIST]
[*]Turn Subtitles on / off
[*]Turn Audio Description on / off
[*]Set whether you would like live TV to always be recorded or just when paused for trick mode.
[*]Screen Size settings
[*]Game play recordings on / off (See below)
[*]Parental Lock
[*]HDD Size: PlayTV can use the PlayStation 3's own internal hard drive or an external storage device.
[*]Codecs: PlayTV supports MPEG2 SD and HD, and AVC/MPEG4 broadcasts.
[*]PlayTV can be controlled using the a PlayStation controller or Blu-ray remote control.[/LIST] Sony has stated that PlayTV will be able to record TV whilst playing games, the code for the function has already been incorporated in the version 2.41 firmware update.
#26
there's nothing on TV worth watching ... or recording for that matter...
1 Like #27
the 'HD' thing is a complete scam for UK users.

It only has a DVB-t input. This means freeview, no satellite (DVB-s) or cable (DVB-c). Freeview has no HD channels in the UK. HD on freeview in the UK will only be implemented in late 2009 (earliest), using a a different signal (called DVB-t2). The full specification for it hasnt even been released yet, so nothing out at the moment will be able to pick up DVB-t2, and as such HD on freeview.
#28
Its an okay price, but i've already preordered mine for £59.99 via amazon several months ago :thumbsup:

Already have a freeview tv, but will be great for when the HD freeview signals start, and I don't have a PVR yet.
#29
PlayTV saved files no longer transferable

http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=212585

Sony has told Eurogamer that PlayTV will not allow saved video files be transferred to PSP, PC, or memory sticks
We were also told that PlayTV will not record HD signals at launch, and that Sony is working on making this feature possible in the future.
#30
Ross1;2739383
the 'HD' thing is a complete scam for UK users.

It only has a DVB-t input. This means freeview, no satellite (DVB-s) or cable (DVB-c). Freeview has no HD channels in the UK. HD on freeview in the UK will only be implemented in late 2009 (earliest), using a a different signal (called DVB-t2). The full specification for it hasnt even been released yet, so nothing out at the moment will be able to pick up DVB-t2, and as such HD on freeview.


Could it not just be a firmware update?
#31
Ross1
the 'HD' thing is a complete scam for UK users.

It only has a DVB-t input. This means freeview, no satellite (DVB-s) or cable (DVB-c). Freeview has no HD channels in the UK. HD on freeview in the UK will only be implemented in late 2009 (earliest), using a a different signal (called DVB-t2). The full specification for it hasnt even been released yet, so nothing out at the moment will be able to pick up DVB-t2, and as such HD on freeview.


Supposedly the specification is finalised, and HD tuners will be out shortly, but I'm pretty sure they could fix this in a firmware upgrade anyway (and the PS3 gets plenty of those!)
#32
voted hot. will be getting this when it comes out and hopefully when its cheaper.
#33
also i remember reading that it uses the internet connection to pick up hd channels. is this right?
#34
nerner
PlayTV saved files no longer transferable

http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=212585

Sony has told Eurogamer that PlayTV will not allow saved video files be transferred to PSP, PC, or memory sticks
We were also told that PlayTV will not record HD signals at launch, and that Sony is working on making this feature possible in the future.


They can be streamed, but not transferred permanently.
#35
interesting gadget, thx
#36
Yer but Sony made a big deal about transferring the recorded files around but seems they removed it!

I dont see the point in this device tbh!
#37
anh_duong
you buy something in the intention of using it.

the most unreliable part of the ps3 is the laser. this won't touch the laser so i think you be okay.


my blu rays have started skipping, so I agree with that. BUT you are a moron mate. Overuse isn't good! they get very hot as it is, well my one does, it's the 60gig one. The more it's used just for it's original purpose, the better and that is.... GAMING - will it get gps soon? LMAO
#38
i have an old tv, and the channels i get are 1-5 but bad quality as i only have a indoor ariel and its rubbish.

i can however play dvds and games perfect on it with the ps3.

so if i get this, will i be getting perfect freeview channels? as it will all be one one TV channel, the one i use for my PS3 (AV3).

just need to know, as my brother said he bought a freeview box once and it didnt work with my TV (he gave me the TV when i moved back home).

im just sick of not being able to watch TV in my room (except channel 4, its a watchable signal).
#39
jakenjo
no it's not - my blu rays have started skipping, you are a moron mate... it's the worst part. Overuse isn't good! they get very hot as it is, well my one does, it's the 60gig one


read what i wrote!!!!!!!!!!!!!


the most unrealiable part is the LASER hence your blu-rays are skipping please don't call me a moron . it doesn't upset me but it makes you look like a child - can't take it when someone disagrees with you so start insulting people. playtv does not use the blu-ray.

i noticed you changed your post but at least i still have your original post so it makes you look even more of a child.
#40
stingersplash
i have an old tv, and the channels i get are 1-5 but bad quality as i only have a indoor ariel and its rubbish.

i can however play dvds and games perfect on it with the ps3.

so if i get this, will i be getting perfect freeview channels? as it will all be one one TV channel, the one i use for my PS3 (AV3).

just need to know, as my brother said he bought a freeview box once and it didnt work with my TV (he gave me the TV when i moved back home).

im just sick of not being able to watch TV in my room (except channel 4, its a watchable signal).


No you won't. The box still needs an ariel signal going into it, so you'll still need an outdoor ariel unfortunately.

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