Sony's PlayTV, the cool digital TV receiver and recorder (using the PS3's hard drive) is due out next month in UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany, and will be priced at the bargain price of £69.99.
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Theres no way people are going to buy this as most people like me have digital built into their tvs
hopefully they will eventually get this out in the US.
Probably next year, when US get their own digital signal. But Scandinavia (Sweden and Denmark at least) isn't getting the PlayTV either, all though DVB-T has been available for years.
@moveteam But if you want to use the DVB-T in Scandinavia it's easy to get in Germany or Britan. In Denmark it's not much fun. We only have 3 DVB-T Channels. Sony needs to make a DVB-C tuner for PlayTV.
@masterg: Yeaah Denmark actually has 4 free channels right now, but this is going to change next year, there are gonna be about 10 (probably/hopefully more) free + 30 commericial channels from Boxer. AAAND Danes are able to pick up the the German and Swedish signals. But am I just buying it from Amazon.de/co.uk (:
So Where can i pre order one if these tuners from???
Argos, Amazon, play.com all have them for pre-order.
SO OK, can someone elaborate for me. With this I won't need a separate freeview box and I'll be able to record DRM free television?
http://www.playtvps3.com/ see guided Tours and questions
Nope and yep
as long as you have the correct cable and aerial (the recommended cable is the CT100 or WF100 and the aerial must be the one on top of your house)
im getting this for £59.99 from Amazon uk. I've preordered ages ago
How've you managed that they havent even got a price up yet?
they posted it on amazon about couple of months ago with that price. I've preordered and then they took it off. The didnt sent me an email about cancellation. I checked my account and i still have it preordered. I bet the price will go up to £69.99 but im guaranteed £59.99
Bargain price? £69.99 for a gloryfied freeview box that retails for £9.99..... pfff
Care to show us all where you can get a quality twin tuner PVR box for £9.99? Thought not... best to crawl back under the bridge mate. As a Sky + user, this isn't for me, but for those without a PVR looking to rationalise the number of boxes under their TV, this must surely be of intrest! Particularly since the sony tuners have a pretty good rep in AV circles. Those thinking of going with this might want to consider a HD upgrade though, as there's mounting pressure on HD space for the PS3 (I recently put a 320 gig in mine, just for games!)
The biggest problem I have with this is that I'd have to leave my PS3 on standby and since the PS3's not particularly economical in standby mode and electricity prices are rocketing up, I think I'll give this a miss.
Calm down, the reason im skeptical is because it doesnt support the HD channels. With Freesat just arrived in the uk which includes the HD channels can you realy justify paying this much for a freeview box? because thats what is is at the end of the day.
Erm...Yes..it does support the high def channels.. whay do think it doesn't?
Dont get me wrong il end up buying it anyway because i dont have sky+ and recording while playing games is a nice touch.
Play TV can upscale channels although i have no idea if it looks any better or comes close to HD quality though....
Read the Specs. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is hoping that the PS3 will become the main focus of your living room entertainment with PlayTV, a combined TV tuner and Personal Video Recorder for Playstation 3, which has now been confirmed will launch in Europe on September 10th. PlayTV’s two TV tuners are High Definition ready and are able to view, record and play back High Definition signals in full HD1080P to complement PS3’s High Definition credentials. The twin channel TV tuner peripheral and PVR software turns PS3 into a state of the art TV recorder, allowing users to watch, pause and record live TV. PlayTV will also record individual programmes or whole series1 to the PS3 hard drive for viewing later on the family TV, or for transferring to the PSP for remote viewing outside of the home. “The introduction of PlayTV really will extend the already broad entertainment credentials of PS3, and makes it an exceptionally attractive proposition for the whole family,” said David Reeves, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. European PS3 owners can also look forward to the PS3 video store, which launched in North America earlier this week. Unfortunately though, Sony's David Reeve has confirmed that the service will will not be available in Europe until 2009.
So its basically a Virgin or Sky box but you make a one off payment like a freeview box?
What about Ireland do we get it?
Probably, just not in September, just import it from UK or Germany?
all i wanna know if the ps2 upscales the tv signal and if its a better signal then out of my housecable ??? anyone care to help ?
Basically it's a freeview box with PVR but has the ability to receive HD freeview channels which BBC HD launches in September. Like having SKY HD. but just not as many HD channels YET. Not sure about upscaling standard tv channels but i assume it will.
Buy a Tuner Card for your PC (or a Cable Card). Use Xbox 360 as a Windows Media Center Extender. Use Bittorrent. Why pay $70 for a box that is going to fill up your game console HD? I put all my media on a Windows Home Server, and all the devices in the home have access to all my media. Single media server. It has both a Radio & TV Tuner Card. I use it as a PVR. It is vastly superior solution. Windows Media Center Fiji has a PVR built-in.
People already use the Ps3 as a full media server and it works great. I use Tversity. But streaming hidef live TV from your PC is a pain which invariably results in compression (at least it does if your doing it Wifi), and who wants to set up your recording and channels and operate a PC when you are watching telly? No, this is a far better proposition for most people, and will achieve far higher quality. Still, if you merely watch bit torrent downloads through a media server, you're not exactly after high quality are you?
Buy a Tuner Card for your PC (or a Cable Card). Use Xbox 360 as a Windows Media Center Extender. Use Bittorrent. i couldnt disagree more with you. and by stating you use bitorrent i call you a thief
I'm definitely interested in this. My current setup consists of an Acer 22" monitor for my PS3 and an old CRT TV to watch Freeview on- the problem is, my monitor won't display SD signals, so no DVD playback or backwards compatible games for me. If this would allow me to watch Freeview on my monitor, I can get rid of my clunky old TV and just use my monitor. Anyone know if this will display in 720p+? Also, I think the price is good- this and a 320gb HDD would come to the price of a similar Freeview box with a smaller hard drive built in.
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