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PS3 Play TV - £49.99 delivered @ Play.com

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* Electronic Programme Guide: A seven-day navigation interface that makes it easy to programme and watch PlayTV. It's lightning fast and simple to use with either PS3's Sixaxis controller or the Blu-ray Remote Control.
* Watch, pause and rewind live TV: TV programmes now operate at the viewers' convenience. Just hit the pause button to take a break without missing a thing - and rewind any bits to watch over and over again.
* Portable viewing with PSP: Seamless PSP connectivity allows you to set recordings remotely and to watch live TV streamed on your PSP wherever you are via a Wi-Fi connection (using Remote Play feature).
* Two TV Tuners: Watch one programme while recording another (only one tuner included).

PlayTV is the way to receive, record and programme digital terrestrial television through your PlayStation 3. Simply plug your TV aerial into the PlayTV 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. You can even record TV while playing your favourite PS3 games!
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#1
Little less with Quidco

Didn't realise what it was either. You can play digital Tv. something I have been looking for as the digital recieption upstairs in my house is somewhat rubbish also I can watch it through HD? surely? Anyone using this with a HD TV. Because im very much tempted.
#2
This is £10 cheaper than i have seen it elsewhere, seems a very good price. If i didn't live in Hull, land of no digital TV reception, then i would definitely be buying one myself.

Theres 5% RAC vouchers floating around somewhere too, plus Quidco, so you can get another couple pounds off.
#3
OmniGod
This is £10 cheaper than i have seen it elsewhere, seems a very good price. If i didn't live in Hull, land of no digital TV reception, then i would definitely be buying one myself.

Theres 5% RAC vouchers floating around somewhere too, plus Quidco, so you can get another couple pounds off.


I live in Hull mate...my reception is ok...the real problem is not being able to get BT where i am!!!
[mod]#4
I've updated your title to include a price and retailer name, we always try to include these when posting deals :)
#5
I got this a few months back. My PS3 is hooked up to a 24" monitor in the bedroom and this was the handiest way to get freeview. Works a treat and is a much better receiver than my Daewoo 80Gb freeview box in the living room.

It dual channel and the menu system is really simple to use (even with PS3 controllers). Even is powered from the PS3 direct so no extra plug used. If you want to set a recording you can still switch the PS3 into standby mode and it will work (lets face it, you don't want to leave your power hungry PS3 on more than you have too!).

Great product and this is a great price esp with RAC code & Quidco.
#6
Hitman - Hull is the only place i've lived where it really is necesary to have a higain digital roof aerial to pick up freeview - I have a portable archos freeview tv, and most other places the little aerial on the device works fine, but in hull i can only pick up News 24 and BBC3 on my roof aerial (it's not a great aerial though in fairness)

Millarcat - thanks :)

I do wish that they would make a Freesat version of this though.
#7
Adam2050
Little less with Quidco

Didn't realise what it was either. You can play digital Tv. something I have been looking for as the digital recieption upstairs in my house is somewhat rubbish also I can watch it through HD? surely? Anyone using this with a HD TV. Because im very much tempted.


Yes, of course you can...I have it as a standby to my (often flaky) Vista HTPC and it's a great product, well worth the price.

My only gripe is that you have to use the BD remote for it (well, if you don't want to use the DualShock anyway) and the overlay is ****, and the BD remote simply isn't designed well enough for use with a TV tuner. Still, good features and the quality is great.
#8
Looks like a great product but wouldn't fancy leaving my PS3 on all the time when watching TV in case I want to pause it - with the wife at home all day looking after the baby and watching TV the PS3 would be on for 16 hours a day which is probably inviting the PS3 to die early lol plus the power consumption of a PS3 isn't exactly low.

If only it put the PS3 into some sort of low power state, I seriously doubt it needs all the processing power of the PS3 to use it, and the hard drive could be in stand by until needed.
#9
coco2007
Yes, of course you can...I have it as a standby to my (often flaky) Vista HTPC and it's a great product, well worth the price.

My only gripe is that you have to use the BD remote for it (well, if you don't want to use the DualShock anyway) and the overlay is ****, and the BD remote simply isn't designed well enough for use with a TV tuner. Still, good features and the quality is great.


My reception sucks bad. Do you reckon its worth investing in or does anyone have any better alternatives to receveing digital TV?
#10
Without putting an ariel on my roof I can only get sky. Even my analogue reception is rubbish.
#11
I've got Sky Plus - does this do the same thing?
#12
this is a really great piece of kit, i have a mediacenter pc and a pvr and imho this is so much better.

the menus look fantastic. browsing is really realy fast.

and the channel guide is great too - one of the nicest and cleanest looking.

just don't forget to install the update 1.01 because it improves on the webguide and functions.

really good value for money.

will not be for you if you already have sky+ and predominantly use sky+
#13
don't buy it, save your ps3! use sky+ instead, besides, you won't be able to watch the new 24 on this!
#14
This thing is awesome, been using it since launch. Solid reception, the best programme guide by miles (much better and faster than Sky+).

You can record programmes and even take them off and put them on your PC (even though Sony said you cant do that!).

Only complaint is theres no HD channels available (yet).
#15
Top product. Had mine since launch and it's basically pretty much perfect. Does everything it says it will and does it well and without crashing. Watching recorded freeview in bed on the PSP as well makes it highly recommended. Paid £55 for mine.
#16
Electronic Programme Guide: A seven-day navigation interface that makes it easy to programme and watch PlayTV. It's lightning fast and simple to use with either PS3's Sixaxis controller or the Blu-ray Remote Control.
Watch, pause and rewind live TV: TV programmes now operate at the viewers' convenience. Just hit the pause button to take a break without missing a thing - and rewind any bits to watch over and over again.
Portable viewing with PSP: Seamless PSP connectivity allows you to set recordings remotely and to watch live TV streamed on your PSP wherever you are via a Wi-Fi connection (using Remote Play feature).
Two TV Tuners: Watch one programme while recording another (only one tuner included).

on the discription it says two TV tuners (only omne included).

what does that mean? a bit confusing.
#17
got one through the marshall ward existing cus deal + XTRAS as follows spend £100 get £50 off very hot just ordered play tv for the ps3,motor storm pacific rift oh and i had to throw in a cheap scarf to get it to over £100 £103 to be exact with discount and delivery total cost £55.33 this is cheaper than most places for just for the play tv so in theory i got the ps3 game and scarf for free great deal cheers HOOOOT
#18
Top product. Great price. The only shame is its not a FreesatHD receiver. Would be a killer product if it was. Maybe sony will bring us another one.

Voted hot



Edit: There's a demo of the interface on the playstation network if anyone fancies a go on it before purchase. 1GB download.
#19
i dont really see the point, its just a freeview reciever, sure you can record but with 40-80gbs to play with its hardly anything
#20
Bought this at launch and found it to be buggy and made my PS3 crash intermitantly. I found it very annoying that it doesn't have it's own controller (especially as I use a Logitech Harmony for everything else), and worst of all was that it wouldn't dual record!!!! Sky+ and freeview PVR's have been dual recording for years and it's a basic feature, but this wouldn't - GRR!
#21
Yeah alot of reported problems with this...dunno if updates have fixed these
#22
stezo2k
i dont really see the point, its just a freeview reciever, sure you can record but with 40-80gbs to play with its hardly anything


Oh, that was the other thing! You effectively have to go out and buy a new HDD as the one in your PS3 will last about a week before it's full up! Fairplay a new HDD isn't THAT expensive, but when you factor in all the costs it worked out better for me to flog it on ebay and buy a Humax 9200 instead, which is a far better and more effective bit of kit.
#23
stezo2k
i dont really see the point, its just a freeview reciever, sure you can record but with 40-80gbs to play with its hardly anything
depends on who it is for if it is instead of a sky+ box then yeah not so good but for a child who would want it for light use and to add to there ps3 i think its a good deal although we as parents should be encouraging our children to get out more!
#24
Just buy a proper pvr and save the PS3 for gaming and blu-ray playback. The PS3 uses too much energy and has too little hdd space for it to compete with (admittedly pricier) pvr rivals from Humax and Topfield.

I would prefer iPlayer on the PS3 over a pvr gizmo. Come on Sony, wake up to online tv broadcasts in the UK.
#25
I'd read the hardware in this won't support the few planned HD freeview channels next year if you are in the UK. It's a great price for this if it doesn't bother you that the hardware "could" be updated.
#26
Orville
Just buy a proper pvr and save the PS3 for gaming and blu-ray playback. The PS3 uses too much energy and has too little hdd space for it to compete with (admittedly pricier) pvr rivals from Humax and Topfield.

I would prefer iPlayer on the PS3 over a pvr gizmo. Come on Sony, wake up to online tv broadcasts in the UK.


iplayer is available on the ps3
#27
[email protected]
Oh, that was the other thing! You effectively have to go out and buy a new HDD as the one in your PS3 will last about a week before it's full up! Fairplay a new HDD isn't THAT expensive, but when you factor in all the costs it worked out better for me to flog it on ebay and buy a Humax 9200 instead, which is a far better and more effective bit of kit.


well if like me, you have limited space, then this little box is great.
also, if like me you have a spare external HDD lying around, you can record TV onto the internal HDD & then just transfer the content onto the external :)

the Humax 9200 would probably be better, but i personally would have nowhere to put it.

the only downside to PlayTV that i've come across is that the playback can sometimes freeze/stutter for a sec, not sure if thats a problem with the device or my reception.
#28
scorpion1967
depends on who it is for if it is instead of a sky+ box then yeah not so good but for a child who would want it for light use and to add to there ps3 i think its a good deal although we as parents should be encouraging our children to get out more!


You can get a 160GB dual tuner freeview PVR for £10 more than this, then you have the benefit of more disk space and a LOT less power consumption.

If you still want to overpay for playtv, then this is a very good price though.
banned#29
Orville;3659201

I would prefer iPlayer on the PS3 over a pvr gizmo. Come on Sony, wake up to online tv broadcasts in the UK.

It is available.
#30
See, i see this as a fairly easy and affordable way to add a PVR to your setup, if you already have a PS3. It also means having just 1 media center to play with.

But i have to say, the bit that appeals to me the most (and definitely puts it over anyn Humax) is the ability to watch TV on your PSP from anywhere in the world.

If you don't have a PSP, this seems like a decent PS3 addon - if you do have a PSP, i can't see any reason for not egtting one (except being unable to recieve Freeview :cry:)
#31
Paid £65 a few months back from play.com, got it at release. The quality is great and it does have one or two hiccups. You used to get the odd skipping when watching a program, now they've upgraded the software and it rarely happens. The crashing as also been fixed, though its only ever happened to me the once. Just a shame you can record 2 channels at once. For anyone getting this, I would recommend upgrading the harddrive, if you still using stock.
#32
Great piece of kit - I've had mine since launch day, don't bother getting if you've already got a freeview recorder obvo. As I didn't have one AND I've got a 320Gb HDD in my PS3 - it's just perfect.

Good new price - hott from me :)
#33
hey i have a samsung tv with built in freeview and when i plug my aerial in i only get a few channels will this help at all, im desperate to get this working i bought a indoor aerial from tesco but it didnt help so if any one could help me out, it would be apppreciated thankyou :-)
#34
I would rather buy a pvr with the money saved by not having the ps3 on all the time. It costs a hell of a lot to run the ps3 each year even when your just playing a few games on it.
#35
backblast
hey i have a samsung tv with built in freeview and when i plug my aerial in i only get a few channels will this help at all, im desperate to get this working i bought a indoor aerial from tesco but it didnt help so if any one could help me out, it would be apppreciated thankyou :-)


I found I got roughly the same channels with mine tbh - had many missing thru my sony bravia's freeview function.

My receptions not perfect due to being on a splitter though :roll:
#36
deathtrap3000
I would rather buy a pvr with the money saved by not having the ps3 on all the time. It costs a hell of a lot to run the ps3 each year even when your just playing a few games on it.


can't fault that.

at first there was no way to program your PS3 to switch itself on in order to record - I think in a recent update they added that feature even though I haven't tried it personally yet.

When I first had it you just had to leave it running in order to record a show - it switched itself off afterwards.
#37
robtallica
can't fault that.

at first there was no way to program your PS3 to switch itself on in order to record - I think in a recent update they added that feature even though I haven't tried it personally yet.

When I first had it you just had to leave it running in order to record a show - it switched itself off afterwards.


I will have to wait till the redesigned ps3 comes out with less power consumption comes out before getting a tuner for it. My electricity bills are high enough as it is without leaving the ps3 on all the time.

Still its a great piece of kit and its nice that we get something that the Americans can only dream of.
#38
robtallica
can't fault that.

at first there was no way to program your PS3 to switch itself on in order to record - I think in a recent update they added that feature even though I haven't tried it personally yet.

When I first had it you just had to leave it running in order to record a show - it switched itself off afterwards.


switching on to record function has been available from day 1.

backblast
hey i have a samsung tv with built in freeview and when i plug my aerial in i only get a few channels will this help at all, im desperate to get this working i bought a indoor aerial from tesco but it didnt help so if any one could help me out, it would be apppreciated thankyou :-)


get a decent branded aerial. a decent freeview aerial actually makes a diference.

the playtv pickup is average. the freeview reception is the same as the samsung tv i have and better than the toshiba 505xv i just purchased a few months ago. what you could do is take your ps3 to a place with good reception and tune it there. once tuned you should be able to watch the same channel at the old location. this means you might be able to watch channels your current tv can't pick up.

this saves you having to move a big tv to a better aerial source.

this is what i did with my playtv to pick up a few channels that the original tv couldn't pick up.

iNSOMANiAC
I would be very wary of getting this is your reception is anything but excellent, my signal is very good and never had any stutters on any freeview box but on this, virgin 1, itv2+1 and uk history all stuttered, I have since scanned again, it wouldnt find virgin 1 at all the next 3 scans, then it found it and doesnt jump but now dave only works intermittently , sky 3 stutters as well now. Probably be ok if i keep rescanning but a bit of a pain, the picture quality is excellent, the EPG is pretty good but you can only see 7 days in advance and its useless for recording series. Full review here - http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/261505/my-review-playtv-playstation-3/


if you can pick up the channel then a freeview signal booster should remove the stuttering. freeview only offers 8days EPG. I might be wrong though. But the system allows you to record once a week/once a day.
#39
I would be very wary of getting this is your reception is anything but excellent, my signal is very good and never had any stutters on any freeview box but on this, virgin 1, itv2+1 and uk history all stuttered, I have since scanned again, it wouldnt find virgin 1 at all the next 3 scans, then it found it and doesnt jump but now dave only works intermittently , sky 3 stutters as well now. Probably be ok if i keep rescanning but a bit of a pain, the picture quality is excellent, the EPG is pretty good but you can only see 7 days in advance and its useless for recording series. Full review here - http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/261505/my-review-playtv-playstation-3/
#40
anh_duong
switching on to record function has been available from day 1.




When I had it running on my first weekend with it - I set a recording for a while ahead.

As I went to switch the PS3 off(assuming it will turn itself on at recording time) a pop-up appeared saying that it wouldn't record the said program if I switched off/quit playTV - but that it would switch itself off after recording is completed.

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