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Turn your Playstation 3 into a Freeview PVR - PS3 Play TV £39.99 at Argos
Turn your Playstation 3 into a Freeview PVR - PS3 Play TV £39.99 at Argos

Turn your Playstation 3 into a Freeview PVR - PS3 Play TV £39.99 at Argos

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Normally at least £50, Argos was previously the cheapest i could find at £49.98 but seems to have been reduced overnight to £39.99.

* Free digital TV with PlayTV; and Playstation®.

* Play TV brings loads of free digital channels to your Playstation ®3 and does much, much more besides

* PlayTV allows you to watch, pause, rewind and record digital television when connected your PS3; - even record programmes when you're out.

* Watch programmes when you want to - not when the TV schedule says so.

* PlayTV; is a device that will give you access to all non-subscription digital TV channels, as well as the ability to pause and record live programmes and even watch TV on PSP; (PlayStation®Portable).

playtvps3.com/

ps first post so hope I got it right, couldn't get the image to work

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This device REQUIRES a connection to an aerial fixed on your roof. An aerial in your loft might be pushing it if you live particularly far away from your nearest transmitter. Don't even think a crappy portable aerial will get the job done because it won't!

- Cuddy

311 Comments

This is up there with the most pointless things ever. Advantages of this over a £15 freeview box? (aside from the record/pause etc whic would mean leaving your PS3 on for hours/days)

deek72;5471612

This is up there with the most pointless things ever. Advantages of this … This is up there with the most pointless things ever. Advantages of this over a £15 freeview box?



a £15 freeview box vs playtv

freeview box doesn't record.
freeview box doesn't let you record one channel watch another at the same time
freeview box recordings can't be removed and put onto a dvd
freeview box can't be programmed remotely
freeview box hard drive isn't easily upgradeable
freeview box box doesn't let you watch movies on the go.
freeview box firmware isn't as well supported with regular updates
unlikely to have hdmi upscaling support using upscaling software that is continually evolving


i think you are wrong when you say the item is useless.

deek72;5471612

This is up there with the most pointless things ever. Advantages of this … This is up there with the most pointless things ever. Advantages of this over a £15 freeview box? (aside from the record/pause etc whic would mean leaving your PS3 on for hours/days)



This is actually a good price for this. It normally retails for between £50-60.

It's also not pointless. It allows you to record tv when you're not in/busy. It is also cheaper and tidier than buying a seperate freeview recorder.

And do some research before posting. You do not have to leave the PS3 on for days/hours. It can be left on standby mode, and will then turn itself on to record, and then off when its finished recording.

deek72;5471612

This is up there with the most pointless things ever. Advantages of this … This is up there with the most pointless things ever. Advantages of this over a £15 freeview box? (aside from the record/pause etc whic would mean leaving your PS3 on for hours/days)



lol.

Yes, no real advantage over a £15 freeview box. :roll:

deek72;5471612

This is up there with the most pointless things ever. Advantages of this … This is up there with the most pointless things ever. Advantages of this over a £15 freeview box? (aside from the record/pause etc whic would mean leaving your PS3 on for hours/days)


Don't agree, you can record onto the PS3 hard drive....good price if you ask me:thumbsup:

great price, i've got one of these and it's really good. hot from me!

thesaint;5471656

lol.Yes, no real advantage over a £15 freeview box. :roll:



A £15 box doesn't come with dual HD Tuners, which future proofs it for the HD Freeview upgrade.

Loads of advantages over a freeview box - most already listed above so I won't repeat them.

Also great if you have a PSP as it gives real flexibility - you can watch live TV or a recording via remote play in the same house or via internet anywhere else in the world. So pretty far from pointless then and a good price too.

Have some heat! :thumbsup:

80gb ps3 only run at around 135w max (equivalent to a couple of light bulbs) and probably much lower in playtv recording mode. the energy cost is minimal since the machine turns itself on to record and off once it has finished recording.

Nice find rjb25073.
Just reserved one. Will have a look around to see if it's cheaper anywhere else. Got a 320GB harddrive in my PS3, so this will be a perfect match.


NossB;5471682

A £15 box doesn't come with dual HD Tuners, which future proofs it for … A £15 box doesn't come with dual HD Tuners, which future proofs it for the HD Freeview upgrade.



Yes I know it's vastly superior than a £15 freeview box.

deek72;5471612

This is up there with the most pointless things ever. Advantages of this … This is up there with the most pointless things ever. Advantages of this over a £15 freeview box? (aside from the record/pause etc whic would mean leaving your PS3 on for hours/days)



lol

not that long b4 xbox fan started to ruined ps3s post

looks like you got busted mate :-D

I've been toying with the idea of buying one of these for a while, but I've got the feeling I'd have to buy another HDD as the 250gb I upgraded to last year is 2 thirds full.

thesaint;5471730

Yes I know it's vastly superior than a £15 freeview box.



Sorry, I meant to reply to the first poster.

My brother has one and said it is the only freeview receiver he has ever been able to get a good signal through. Along with all the other advantages listed above this blows a cheap and cheerful freeview box out of the water. Remember cheap does not always equate to value.

I did think about one of these, but the PS3 only has small hard drives and this will rapidly fill it up. By the time you buy an extra drive together with this unit, I think a dedicated freeview recorder like the Humax would have been a better purchase, many of these come with HDMI upscaling and use a fraction of the energy of a PS3, and they also go into standby when not in use. But good price if you really want one of these.

anh_duong;5471689

80gb ps3 only run at around 135w max (equivalent to a couple of light … 80gb ps3 only run at around 135w max (equivalent to a couple of light bulbs) and probably much lower in playtv recording mode. the energy cost is minimal since the machine turns itself on to record and off once it has finished recording.



Got to disagree there! I was using it as a replacement for my TVonics and my electric bill went mental!!! Would say it cost me at least an extra £10/month in electric because of PlayTV (though admitedly using a launch console, which uses more power than the current models).........and what's the point in one of these if you're not gunna use it for everyday TV viewing????? No one will only use this for recording.
Just my tuppence worth

loopie;5471808

I did think about one of these, but the PS3 only has small hard drives … I did think about one of these, but the PS3 only has small hard drives and this will rapidly fill it up. By the time you buy an extra drive together with this unit, I think a dedicated freeview recorder like the Humax would have been a better purchase, many of these come with HDMI upscaling and use a fraction of the energy of a PS3, and they also go into standby when not in use. But good price if you really want one of these.



I got a 320GB hard drive for £45, and this is £40, so a total of £85.
How big a harddrive would a £85 Humax have?

We'll forget that I want to sync it to my PSP so I can watch the the TV on holiday.

Personally, I don't care about energy use.

N1Andy;5471812

Got to disagree there! I was using it as a replacement for my TVonics and … Got to disagree there! I was using it as a replacement for my TVonics and my electric bill went mental!!! Would say it cost me at least an extra £10/month in electric because of PlayTV (though admitedly using a launch console, which uses more power than the current models).........and what's the point in one of these if you're not gunna use it for everyday TV viewing????? No one will only use this for recording.Just my tuppence worth



i am not dsagreeing with you. i was referring to the 80gb model which uses 35% less energy than the original ps3. In playtv mode (no blu-ray drive spinning, hardware not overly stressed) this is equivalent to just over a single 100w light bulb. for me this is not a lot of energy usage.

"The 80GB PS3 used 130 watts of power while playing MGS4, whereas the 40GB version used 155.2 watts of power. That’s not all, on idle the 80GB version uses 111.9 watts, whereas the 40GB model used 125.8 watts when idle on the XMB."

product-reviews.net/200…ps/

Wow

The ps3 is a proper planet destroyer.

111.9 watts on idle. F me

abaxas;5471908

WowThe ps3 is a proper planet destroyer.111.9 watts on idle. F me



plant a tree and be carbon neutral

abaxas;5471908

WowThe ps3 is a proper planet destroyer.111.9 watts on idle. F me



Planet vs PS3? I'll take the PS3, thanks!

anh_duong;5471934

plant a tree and be carbon neutral



Plant a tree and then burn it. Then plant another tree and burn that - all carbon neutral!

Banned

deek72;5471612

This is up there with the most pointless things ever. Advantages of this … This is up there with the most pointless things ever. Advantages of this over a £15 freeview box? (aside from the record/pause etc whic would mean leaving your PS3 on for hours/days)


Slightly ignorant I feel as PS3 only turns on to record. Still, I'd rather get a dedicated PVR but this is a good cheap alternative.

To say it is up there with the most pointless things ever is bizarre :?

Banned

And for those worried about the PS3 using electricity when its not recording, dont.......

The cost of running a PS3 in off mode vs. standby for 365 days equaled a difference of $1.53 based on the 2008 $11.35 cents per kilowatt/hour national average.
news.cnet.com/830…tml

Banned

abaxas;5471908

WowThe ps3 is a proper planet destroyer.111.9 watts on idle. F me


what muppet told you that? uses about 5-10W in standby if that.

Banned

Price Match With Currys Get It For Around £38 lol.

csiman;5472007

what muppet told you that? uses about 5-10W in standby if that.



i think he misunderstood the difference between idle and standby.. ie t idle=standby in the article i posted

edit: standby energy usage is 1.75w

Banned

abaxas;5471908

WowThe ps3 is a proper planet destroyer.111.9 watts on idle. F me



You can set it to auto stand by. Not an issue.

One of the best purchases Ive made in a while. The best channel guide system ever (ten times better than Sky!).

You can even take recordings straight off the PS3 to use anywhere.

Hot.

Banned

Couldn't agree less, I have one of these and it's brilliant. Top deal at £40.

It considerably increases the picture quality over a standard freeview box, and provides even better quality than the built in freeview in my Sony Bravia.

On the plus side, you can save energy on your heating bills. If your PS3 is on all the time your room will soon get nice n toasty.

The biggest problem with this is that it connects to one of your USB ports, so your nice shiny sleek PS3 constantly has a cable sticking out the front of it.

I think most people will have PVRs, SKy+ and such-like. If not, and you've got a PS3, then these make perfect sense as a quick way of getting a PVR.

Can anyone whose got one confirm if you can simply copy the recorded telly off to a USB stick and watch elsewhere (MPEG2?). Yes, yes, "google" - unfortunately, my work internet policy flags up virtually everything with PS3 in it as a gaming site and bans it.
I've got Sky HD but it's a bit of a pain getting recordings off onto a DVD and then take the DVD with you. I might be tempted by Play TV just because I can easily get stuff onto something portable.

Do these things need an aerial/sky dish connection to work?

NossB;5471682

A £15 box doesn't come with dual HD Tuners, which future proofs it for … A £15 box doesn't come with dual HD Tuners, which future proofs it for the HD Freeview upgrade.



Neither does playtv...

Good deal, just reserved one

I have PlayTV (along with an upgraded 320GB hard drive) and have to say it is great. The upscaled Freeview picture is far superior to the built in Freeview on my TV. The guide and features are all extremely user friendly and fast. Recording is effortless, and the whole product seems very well integrated to the other functions on the PS3/XMB.

I was concerned about the extra energy useage, but to be honest, we only watch a couple of hours of TV a day, and a lot of that is streaming media through the PS3 anyway. The thought of buying another entire piece of kit to do the job that the PS3 can do very well seems ludicrous imho.

One piece of advice - you might want to get continuous play cover (through D&G and Sony) if you are using this a lot and your PS3 is out of warranty. Now my PS3 is used for watching and recording TV, streaming movies and music, and gaming, it is integral to my media set up. For £5 a month you get the piece of mind that your PS3 will be replaced with a new unit within 2 working days, should anything go wrong.

You can also install these on your PC to use as a PVR.

NossB;5472071

http://playtvuser.co.uk/playtv-faq



UK Freeview won't be using HD-DVB equipment, therefore this won't work.

looks like someone has actually found a good use for a PS3

hot

i had to laugh at the lack of research deek72 actually did. This does a hell of a lot more than a standard freeview box which has been highlighted. The fact its cheaper by £20 that most games stores means this can only be voted hot.

I'd be in 2 minds about a Freeview PVR even though i dont have a SKY+ as i would have to ask, what would i record on the channels available on freeview. But then again you could record normal TV channels considering i dont even have a video recorder anymore. LOL
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