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PlayTV freeview tuner and recorder for PS3 - £48.49 @ Argos instore/online
PlayTV freeview tuner and recorder for PS3 - £48.49 @ Argos instore/online

PlayTV freeview tuner and recorder for PS3 - £48.49 @ Argos instore/online

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PS3 already gives your family next-generation gaming, Blu-ray movies, music, video, web browsing and PLAYSTATION Network support all in one unit. Now, with PlayTV, it has the functionality of a state-of-the-art TV tuner and PVR its great value and its one more reason to make PS3 the centre of your family entertainment.

Two TV tuners: watch one programme while recording another.

Electronic Programme Guide: a seven-day navigation interface that makes it easy to programme and watch PlayTV. Its lightning fast and simple to use with either PS3s 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 WiFi connection (using Remote Play feature).

Record TV: while you're playing games on your PS3

a good price comparison but a quick web search for the PS3 seems to show that it uses £180 PER YEAR IN ELECTRICITY CHARGES.
Methinks your average Freeview PVR would use maybe £20 at most.
- alandarl

edit - seems that was idle power costs. If it wakes up from standby it will be a lot less.

A very high power requirement for watching though.
- alandarl

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Decent price, but only £39.99 in Head Entertainment.

Bought one myself last week. :thumbsup:

Cold.

You can buy from Play (temporarily out of stock, but you can still order) with 5% discount and 4% Quidco for cheaper.

I got mine from Woolies for £30. :-D

This could be just what I'm looking for. I'm about to move house to a non-cable area. We've previously had Virgin but realised that while we pay for hundreds of channels we only really end up watching E4 and Dave, both of which are on freeview.

Will it let you record series or just things that appear in the seven day guide?

Banned

Cold. I got this for £44.99 in Blockbuster. Brand New.

Crypt;5320441

This could be just what I'm looking for. I'm about to move house to a … This could be just what I'm looking for. I'm about to move house to a non-cable area. We've previously had Virgin but realised that while we pay for hundreds of channels we only really end up watching E4 and Dave, both of which are on freeview. Will it let you record series or just things that appear in the seven day guide?



You can't record a series like sky plus but providing the times of the program don't change you can select to record E4 on Wednesday between 8pm - 9pm for 5 weeks for example.

I find it great use and it has the slickest interface compared to any sky/freeview/cable box!

SimbaK2K;5320506

You can't record a series like sky plus but providing the times of the … You can't record a series like sky plus but providing the times of the program don't change you can select to record E4 on Wednesday between 8pm - 9pm for 5 weeks for example. I find it great use and it has the slickest interface compared to any sky/freeview/cable box!



Thanks for the information.

One more question though: The unit doesn't appear to have it's own power so does the PS3 have to left on standby (or powered on?! I hope not!) to allow the device to record?

Brilliant bit of kit .Theres a new update on the way to improve on what is already an excellent picture.I have a 320 gig hd installed ,so plenty of recording space.

Lanse;5320593

Brilliant bit of kit .Theres a new update on the way to improve on what … Brilliant bit of kit .Theres a new update on the way to improve on what is already an excellent picture.I have a 320 gig hd installed ,so plenty of recording space.



Any idea what updates are planned ? Series link ?

An SD upscaler according to Eurogamer.Annoyingly the the powers that be have opted for DVBT-2 over DVBT( which the rest of europe are using for hd broadcasts) Play tv will be able to show & record hd everywhere else but Blighty............

Lanse;5320814

An SD upscaler according to Eurogamer.Annoyingly the the powers that be … An SD upscaler according to Eurogamer.Annoyingly the the powers that be have opted for DVBT-2 over DVBT( which the rest of europe are using for hd broadcasts) Play tv will be able to show & record hd everywhere else but Blighty............



It already does that from the April update. :whistling:

Original Poster

Thanks for the info of cheaper prices elsewhere - why not add them as deals to help out those who are looking for one of these?

I bought one at the weekend from Argos and it seems to skip and have a weaker signal than when I use my TV's built-in freeview. Anyone else had a similar experience?

Thought the pic looked better,sorry for being a month out.

Lanse;5321013

Thought the pic looked better,sorry for being a month out.



Still have mine in the box as I am not going to use it until a series link update is done - as that is what I use the most.

damn no freeview where I live till end of next year, and it's only "half a Freeview" as well being a relay transmitter. should I wait till next year or get it now while it's cheap/ish? will the demand be higher & drive up prices as more & more parts of the UK are switching to Freeview?

so where is the best price/deal for this PlayTV right now?

harjT;5320493

Cold. I got this for £44.99 in Blockbuster. Brand New.



Welcome to HUKD harjT.

Inspirational 1st post.

where are the better on the xbox 360 brigade ?:-D

TOTAL COLD.

Costs £180 per year in electricity (thats just the power used by the PS3 in idle mode!)
A standard Freeview PVR would use maybe £20's worth.
Personally I would ban the timer recording function. Criminal indeed!

alandarl;5324047

TOTAL COLD.Costs £180 per year in electricity (thats just the power used … TOTAL COLD.Costs £180 per year in electricity (thats just the power used by the PS3 in idle mode!)A standard Freeview PVR would use maybe £20's worth.Personally I would ban the timer recording function. Criminal indeed!



Evidence please...

I've seen the costs previous and the PS3 uses less power than the wii in standby mode with wii connect 24 on....

Sorry I had only seen the idle power requirement of 177 watts.

It won't be the case if it wakes up fine from standby.
However it is still a very high wattage Freeview viewer. 10 watts is about the norm these days.

It uses around 4 watts in standby mode. So when the program needs to record, the PS3 is powered on for the duration and then powered back down?

Good price for this product but I think its a rip off for what is essentially a freeview tuner. My 160GB PVR cost me £56 and that allows dual recording, whereas this is just a tuner and can only record one channel.

Everwhere I've looked says this is Twin Tuner, which means you can watch one channel and record another. The only downside is the aerial isn't passthrough, but a splitter from Poundland should sort that.

PopeSock;5426252

Everwhere I've looked says this is Twin Tuner, which means you can watch … Everwhere I've looked says this is Twin Tuner, which means you can watch one channel and record another. The only downside is the aerial isn't passthrough, but a splitter from Poundland should sort that.



Yes you can watch one as well as record one but thats pretty poor - useful for a few PS3 owners who don't otherwise have freeview/sky/virgin though (not a large number I'd guess).

For those dissing the product. Well I have one TV and a PS3 doing all my home entertainment needs. No separate DVD player (or blu ray), VHS recorder, games console, freeview box all sitting in idle while I use only one. PS3 plays my games, manages my music and film collection, plays any DVDs or blue rays I buy, lets me browse the internet. So the extra power requirements are pointless because most things in standby in your living room are using that extra power the PS3 uses by making the other stuff redundant.

Good price for this product but I think its a rip off for what is … Good price for this product but I think its a rip off for what is essentially a freeview tuner. My 160GB PVR cost me £56 and that allows dual recording, whereas this is just a tuner and can only record one channel.


Yes but lets see it play games at the same time, I bet the PS3 will do that a lot better than your PVR will play any modern game :D. A lot of people seem to compare things to something they are not, it is an expansion of the capabilities of the machine, the PS3 was never made to be a PVR.

As for the comment about recording one and watching the other you say it is pretty poor? In what way exactly is it pretty poor? Do you even own Play TV to make such a comment? It would be like saying that the Xbox 360 is rubbish based on nothing more than fanboyism.

Also can you please tell me at what point on freeview is there anything worth recording on 2 separate channels? So far we have yet to find anything that needs for us to record more than one thing at a time.

Wouldn't you also have to install a bigger hard drive to get any real use out of this?, recording Tv progs and the forced installing of a lot of the PS3 games that take around 5gb each would fill up an 80gb hard drive almost immediately, so that would really mean a hard drive upgrade at the cost of around another £50 added to the price of this.

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Astec123;5426434

For those dissing the product. Well I have one TV and a PS3 doing all my … For those dissing the product. Well I have one TV and a PS3 doing all my home entertainment needs. No separate DVD player (or blu ray), VHS recorder, games console, freeview box all sitting in idle while I use only one. PS3 plays my games, manages my music and film collection, plays any DVDs or blue rays I buy, lets me browse the internet. So the extra power requirements are pointless because most things in standby in your living room are using that extra power the PS3 uses by making the other stuff redundant.Yes but lets see it play games at the same time, I bet the PS3 will do that a lot better than your PVR will play any modern game :D. A lot of people seem to compare things to something they are not, it is an expansion of the capabilities of the machine, the PS3 was never made to be a PVR.As for the comment about recording one and watching the other you say it is pretty poor? In what way exactly is it pretty poor? Do you even own Play TV to make such a comment? It would be like saying that the Xbox 360 is rubbish based on nothing more than fanboyism. Also can you please tell me at what point on freeview is there anything worth recording on 2 separate channels? So far we have yet to find anything that needs for us to record more than one thing at a time.


Sorry but there are so many holes in your arguments.

ps3 uses 100-180W which is a hell of a lot to use when just watching a freeview channel

a freeview tuner uses about 10w when on and 4w in standby so your electricity comparison is poor!

most PVRs have twin tuners where you can record 2 channels at once. only 1 is useless as there are loads of times when you want to record 2 channels simultaneously, especially when out for the night. Just as an example, tonight at 9pm there are 3 programmes I would like to see (Apprentice final, The Secret Millionaire, Storyville.). With this play TV, I'd have to forego one programme.

no series link is poor too.

you're right on one point, the PS3 was never made to be a PVR and this doesnt even come close to the capabilities of a proper PVR but costs about the same. Go figure why its just a gimmick.

ps3 uses 100-180W which is a hell of a lot to use when just watching a … ps3 uses 100-180W which is a hell of a lot to use when just watching a freeview channel



And your point being there that a free view box is a free view box and nothing more. Find me a home hub that doesnt use about 100-180W of energy. Why are people trying to compare PVRs and the PS3, we should be comparing home entertainment hubs because that is what a PS3 is, a media centre because I have yet to find any PVR that allows internet browsing, dvd playback, decent mp3 audio playback and that is forgetting all the gaming aspects of a console.

You can complain about the power usage all you like but we might as well compare a Ferrari and a 50cc scooter head to head on fuel usage because that is clearly the way this is going at the moment.

Banned

Astec123;5426627

And your point being there that a free view box is a free view box and … And your point being there that a free view box is a free view box and nothing more. Find me a home hub that doesnt use about 100-180W of energy. Why are people trying to compare PVRs and the PS3, we should be comparing home entertainment hubs because that is what a PS3 is, a media centre because I have yet to find any PVR that allows internet browsing, dvd playback, decent mp3 audio playback and that is forgetting all the gaming aspects of a console.You can complain about the power usage all you like but we might as well compare a Ferrari and a 50cc scooter head to head on fuel usage because that is clearly the way this is going at the moment.


I'd stop digging that hole if I was you!

This deal is for a freeview tuner which is meant to turn your PS3 into a PVR. Fact, it makes it into a very poor high energy consuming PVR. End of.

My Humax PVR cost £97 with 2 year warranty, records 2 channels whilst watching another, has series link, has a remote control, 160GB HDD built in.

Oh, and it consumes 1W in standby and 17W in use :-D

I know which I'd prefer. I have a PS3 but wouldnt dream of getting playTV due to the electric consumed (4 hours per day would cost about £40 per year more!) :w00t:

csiman;5426684

I'd stop digging that hole if I was you!This deal is for a freeview tuner … I'd stop digging that hole if I was you!This deal is for a freeview tuner which is meant to turn your PS3 into a PVR. Fact, it makes it into a very poor high energy consuming PVR. End of.My Humax PVR cost £97 with 2 year warranty, records 2 channels whilst watching another, has series link, has a remote control, 160GB HDD built in.Oh, and it consumes 1W in standby and 17W in use :-DI know which I'd prefer. I have a PS3 but wouldnt dream of getting playTV due to the electric consumed (4 hours per day would cost about £40 per year more!) :w00t:



I see what you are saying about power consumption but you clearly cant get it out of your mind that a PVR is a better choice with no other available option many people are very eager for the home hub entertainment and willing to embrace it. The PS3 is not just one thing such as a PVR is but an amalgamation of many areas of entertainment into one hub, thus why PlayTV is an ideal add on to anyone interested in a home hub system, yes if you are penny pinching then a PVR is ideal for you. Sadly those people who would be interested in Play TV are probably less interested in the power usage and more interested in the expanded functionality.

Don't forget this also upscales the TV picture quite well. I know the humax PVR can do that too, but it requires another HDMI input (it doesnt seem to have component either, so the next best would be svideo, not nice on a 100" screen!). My projector only has one HDMI input - so it was a case either £40 for this (got it from head entertainment), having to buy a HDMI switch and mess around with that, spending hundreds on a HDMI amp, or spending thousands on a new projector and routing another 7m HDMI cable.

Personally, I think being able to access everything (streaming media from PCs, DVDs, Blurays, iplayer, TV) from the same system and the same remote control without having to switch amp and projector inputs is far more convenient and preferable to me.

So this does have its uses! Also, the interface is by far the nicest I've seen.

So this does have its uses! Also, the interface is by far the nicest I've … So this does have its uses! Also, the interface is by far the nicest I've seen.



You can say that again. Most freeview recording devices I have played about with are hell to actually make them work and do what I want. Plus most recorders tend to get maybe one update if ever, whereas with PlayTV there have been several with more to come in the near future.

was trying to get this from Head a few hours ago for £40, but they only had 1 box left and the box was tatty/very worn, I'm real fussy about the condition of my stuff so don't want it, went to Gamestation and then Game, both had good condition boxes but was selling at a rip off price of £70, both not willing to price match, one saying Head is heavily discounting as they're going out of business (duh zavvi oob but not Head), the other saying the difference of £30 is too much they can't match, pretty useless.


PS3 compatible sata 320GB drive could be had at £45, Xbox360 120GB drive costs £65+. Majority of PS3 games don't have forced installs (optional may be), the ones that do are big titles with lots of cinematics etc & mostly around 1-4GB, if you want to keep chances of scratching 360 discs to minimum, and more quiet during gameplay and faster load times, you also need to install, and more future games will require installs.

Banned

Astec123;5426882

I see what you are saying about power consumption but you clearly cant … I see what you are saying about power consumption but you clearly cant get it out of your mind that a PVR is a better choice with no other available option many people are very eager for the home hub entertainment and willing to embrace it. The PS3 is not just one thing such as a PVR is but an amalgamation of many areas of entertainment into one hub, thus why PlayTV is an ideal add on to anyone interested in a home hub system, yes if you are penny pinching then a PVR is ideal for you. Sadly those people who would be interested in Play TV are probably less interested in the power usage and more interested in the expanded functionality.


';m simply saying that why would anyone want to add only limited PVR functionality to a PS3 for practically teh same cost as a dedicated PVR which does so much more.

Each to their own I suppose. Personally, I couldnt handle a PVR that can only record one channel at a time (Been there done that and wasnt happy, hence the hummy!). :thumbsup:

Astec123;5426434

For those dissing the product. Well I have one TV and a PS3 doing all my … For those dissing the product. Well I have one TV and a PS3 doing all my home entertainment needs. No separate DVD player (or blu ray), VHS recorder, games console, freeview box all sitting in idle while I use only one. PS3 plays my games, manages my music and film collection, plays any DVDs or blue rays I buy, lets me browse the internet. So the extra power requirements are pointless because most things in standby in your living room are using that extra power the PS3 uses by making the other stuff redundant.Yes but lets see it play games at the same time, I bet the PS3 will do that a lot better than your PVR will play any modern game :D. A lot of people seem to compare things to something they are not, it is an expansion of the capabilities of the machine, the PS3 was never made to be a PVR.As for the comment about recording one and watching the other you say it is pretty poor? In what way exactly is it pretty poor? Do you even own Play TV to make such a comment? It would be like saying that the Xbox 360 is rubbish based on nothing more than fanboyism. Also can you please tell me at what point on freeview is there anything worth recording on 2 separate channels? So far we have yet to find anything that needs for us to record more than one thing at a time.



I don't need to own it to know only having the ability to record one channel at a time is poor. Lucky you, I have attempted to add recordings to my library several times to get the error message "2 recordings already scheduled", yet alone just one.

I don't need the PVR to play games at the same time, my PS3 lets me play games...

Although the price has come down now, when I was looking for a PVR I had the choice of the box I currently have at £56 (160GB + record 2 channels) or playtv at £70 which can only record one channel, uses more power, required me to get a HDD drive upgrade and doesn't let me have my tv and PVR both plugged into the aerial at the same time.

I'm really impressed with mine. It is expensive as the PS3 is running during normal viewing, which can clock up quite a few hours daily. But overrall I am very energy conscious, I don't even have my microwave switched on standby (who needs the clock?) so I am happy to run this as my main lounge device.

The interface is very nice, its a Hi Def (HD) EPG and planner etc, so if you have an HD TV it is really crisp and easy to read.

I highly recommend if you buy this, to buy the official PS3 blutooth remote. The PlayTV comes with a remote overlay (transparent sticker) to tell you what buttons do what, and its so much easier scanning menus, changing channels, recording, selecting and viewing than holding the 2 hands required dualshock and remembering what does what etc.

There is no series link, which is annoying and I think its the most requested feature - as series link isn't sky specific (I think the link signal is broadcast on the freeview stream?) then I am hoping that it is only a matter of time before it's implemented.

A hard drive upgrade is also recommended if you will do a lot of recording. This is very easy to do, and Sony allow you to do this without affecting your warranty. They already knew PlayTV was coming, but at the console release, HDD prices were still higher, so they shipped with piddly drives to keep costs down! I now have a 300GB in mine, only cost around £50. Note it is a laptop 2.5" HDD. If you google "ps3 hard drive" you will find loads of recommendations and instructions, (few screws, about 5 minute job!)

The other thing is that PlayTV can be used with the PS3 to PSP Remote Play feature. I have watched TV in the garden on my PSP, and if I was in a good WiFi hotspot, I could do the same over the internet anywhere in the world. Even perhaps catch up with my recorded programs at a friends house, or set recordings up if I'm away.

I've noticed no difference in quality to using PlayTV to when I had the ariel plugged directly into the TV (built in freeview tuner).

The PlayTV will bring the PS3 out of standby, record the program(s) and then power down again, so no need to be running constantly if you are at work, or away.

The only other thing to watch is that the PlayTV box uses one of your console USB ports, so if you have a later PS3 with only 2 ports, then it may be annoying for you if you have other devices or memory sticks, or need to charge more than one controller. I believe you can use a USB hub, however.

Hope this helps answer some peoples questions. :thumbsup:

Majority of PS3 games don't have forced installs (optional may be), the … Majority of PS3 games don't have forced installs (optional may be), the ones that do are big titles with lots of cinematics etc & mostly around 1-4GB, if you want to keep chances of scratching 360 discs to minimum, and more quiet during gameplay and faster load times, you also need to install, and more future games will require installs.


Eh? On the 360 you can install any game you like in full (apart from 2 older titles) and there are only 2 games that have a mandatory hard drive requirement. Every other game can be played without any install (or even a hard drive), including every single XBLA game. I own both systems and the way games install on the PS3 is s***. You even have to install demos, downloadable games and game updates. Of the 8 PS3 games I own, 7 have mandatory installs that have eaten up over 10GB of hard drive space.

Each to their own I suppose. Personally, I couldnt handle a PVR that can … Each to their own I suppose. Personally, I couldnt handle a PVR that can only record one channel at a time (Been there done that and wasnt happy, hence the hummy!).



Same as I couldn't live with so many boxes under my TV doing nothing half the time while I use only one. Personally I can never find all that much on TV worth watching on freeview. Bring on the switch over so we can get somewhat of a decent selection of channels, half of it seems to be all shopping or stupid stuff like that quiz tv rubbish at the moment anyway.

Astec123;5427355

Same as I couldn't live with so many boxes under my TV doing nothing half … Same as I couldn't live with so many boxes under my TV doing nothing half the time while I use only one. Personally I can never find all that much on TV worth watching on freeview. Bring on the switch over so we can get somewhat of a decent selection of channels, half of it seems to be all shopping or stupid stuff like that quiz tv rubbish at the moment anyway.



Do you not get all the channels then? That would explain why you never see more than one programme at a time to watch. I'm not aware of there being many new channels at switchover (except for the HD ones which this won't be compatible with anyway).

callum9999;5427417

Do you not get all the channels then? That would explain why you never … Do you not get all the channels then? That would explain why you never see more than one programme at a time to watch. I'm not aware of there being many new channels at switchover (except for the HD ones which this won't be compatible with anyway).



This can actually record in HD - it's just the UK doesn't have any HD channels on Freeview terrestrial. Australia does, however, and it works with those apparently.

On a related topic, I can't see why, with two tuners, you can't record two channels at once. Can anyone who has a Play TV confirm if this this does, or doesn't record two channels at once?

This may be a silly question but… Can you record a TV programme and play a game at the same time?

Surely it doesn’t consume that much power when turned on just to record a TV programme!
My PC consumes 60W at idle and has a 1TB 7,200 rpm HDD, Blu-ray burner, 3GHz Core 2 Duo E8400, HD 4670 512MB, dual tuner DVB-T PCIe card. Recording TV adds an extra 5W as the CPU comes out of the lowest power state. If I load the CPU and GPU it will consume over 150W but at least then it’s actually doing something. Is the PS3 really that badly designed from a power efficiency standpoint?
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