According to Play.com, PlayTV will be released in Europe on March 28 at a price of £99.99 or €154.99.
Worth mentioning is that Play.com presented the correct price and specs for the PS3 40GB SKU before it was officially released earlier this year!
are you kidding me? anther over priced Sony product. ( coming from ps fanboy)
Its cheaper that Sky digital but it is probably well built.
Are you serious? Sky digital rapes this POS.
apparently you got raped too.
This is how much things like this cost, if anything its a tad cheaper than the other PC tuners out there. So quit your moaning.
Picture the scene. You wanna watch TV. So you turn the TV on. Turn your PS3 on. Wait for the Sony logo to disappear. Navigate to the XMB icon. Then select live TV and finally you get to watch digital TV.
Or you have a set top box which you would likely keep it on all the time anyway (Otherwise hit the button once) and you're already set.
It could get very frustrating to go though all the hassle to watch some damn TV!
PlayTV also provides you with the option of recording TV shows in high or standard definition for later viewing.
It is also possible to transcode the file into a different format. For now only the PSP format has been confirmed, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for DivX.
I respectfully disagree but that's pretty much the same if you're watching a blu-ray disc or playing a game on your PS3. So for a gamer like me, it doesn't make any difference at all.
Yes but thats the norm t wait a while to watch a movie. Its not the norm to go through all the hassle to watch TV.
Despite everything i have said, if it was about £50 i would definetly get this because you can record TV and watch it on the PSP. But if i was just gonna watch TV and not record or anything else, this wouldnt be for you.
I agree that it has its uses but for everyday standard usage its best to pay £20-£30 but an ordinary box... doesnt take much space.
The problem is I don't know of anything that is £20-30 which gives you the ability to receive and record freeview. Not to mention the other functions such as PSP connectivity to enable you to watch live tv anywhere or watch pre-recorded shows anywhere.
Not to mention most £20-30 freeview receivers are pretty cheap and you get what you pay for in terms of quality and you also have to have another box set under your tv.
capable Freeview box below £100, let alone £20 - 30. This isn't a bog standard SINGLE SD tuner box. Even seperate PCI tuners of this calibur sell for more.
I'll pass on this overpriced crap. Just buy a set top box instead.
why are you trolling so much? *adds to ignore list*
Im personally getting this as i find the features really neat, plus it looks like it will hit around my b/day :D
why are you trolling so much? *adds to ignore list*
Because the retard xbot got RROD, so he is trolling anything with playstation logo.
noy do you like to troll, do a favor for us, go home, tell your mom to read you a kindergarden book, suck on her left nipple and go to sleep, you well deserve it, you stupid baby.
u want u buy u dont want it u dont buy it.
it's that simple
this is about 200 USD if im correct. Although I do understand what you can do with it (Watch TV, Record TV) I do agree that this is a bit overpriced. EU consumers would possibly not like this due to price. Hopefully when US owners get this (possibly after Digital Broadcasting gets enforced in 2009) this gets a price reduction. hopefully everyone agrees.
I wud get this... I wonder how much this is in, in canadian?
the price is little bit to much but i would buy it since its a great add to my ps3 and its capabilites
any idea on how many channels are supposed to be available?
ok this is stupid....a disagree? lol. its a simple question that i was wondering.
i ask this question since i am more than likely buying this.
edit: i am in the us.
100? 200? channels?
Depends on what country you're in!
Just ignore the compulsive, shadow dude who checks 'disagree'. It happens to each and every single one of us.
it depends on how many digital over-the-air channels you have. Here in the US, we probably got like 3 :(
But in 09, all our over-the-air channels will be Digital. So, when that happens, our PlayTV device would pick up all of them.
probably does everything.
...when/if this is hitting the likes of New Zealand and which service will it support, i.e. Freeview, Sky TV.
Just found the answer myself...possibly around April 2008. It will work with Freeview.
I don't understand trolls. This is HD.
Does it allow you to stream your own channels from your ps3 via wireless hotspot?
Is this a device to record TV or to see any TV program I want that was aired in the last few weeks or something? If so that's cool because I don't really watch TV since it requires me to ruin my daily schedule (which is why I buy TV series on DVD). Still, I'm waiting for something to watch anything I want, whenever I want, where I want (any Simpsons episode, or any movie or music or whatever).
First of all PlayTV will initially not be released in the US, just so we're clear on that!
PlayTV will allow you to select which programs that will be recorded by selecting the through the EPG (Electronic Program Guide). The EPG is automatically updated and broadcast along with the channels.
According to Sony you just have to mark a program in the EPG and instruct the PS3 to record it. Hopefully these things will work as simple as Sony says (fingers crossed).
$200? Dang, a converter that sends a coax signal through a USB port costs $200? No thank you if that is true. I realize that may be less than a TiVo over time but that doesn't include buying a bigger hard drive.
What his Playtv ?
It's basically a device that lets you watch/record over-the-air shows using your PS3. When you record, it saves it into your PS3's HDD and you can later watch it on your TV or PSP. I hope I've been helpful bro.
is this comming to the US or what,or do we have to import it?
The US doesn't have standard digital signals over the air(very few, maybe 3 in an area), so it's not coming here til 09(when it becomes mandatory). It would be almost useless for a year.
To all the American's on this site; I wouldn't start trying to figure out the price it's going to be for you lot by doubling the UK price. I know common sense says that the exchange rate would indicate that, but we're talking about the UK here and we always get shafted by every company. I'd love it if they actually used the exchange rate to figure out our prices but unfortunately they have a whole lot more taxes to pay over here.
If/when it comes out in North America, I'd expect it to be alot less than what it retails for over here. Seeing as how it'll probably be a good year until it comes out the production cost will have been reduced so I wouldn't be surprised if it'd be around the $99 mark by then.
Looking on http://www.freeview.co.uk/p... it would seem that the £99 price mark would still be pretty competitive when compared to other freeview recorders and I for one would rather have less boxes under my TV and the ability to do everything with my PS3 appeals to me. Also the ability to watch tv anywhere via your PSP must surely sway your decision slightly....
Seems a little high in price TBH for what is only 2 digital tuners and a USB port, especially considering that you can buy a Sony Freeview DVD recorder with a 120GB HDD for only £150.
However, it looks a nice package and is unique enough with its ability to go over the net to a PSP, it is probably just about unique enough to justify its own worth, especially if I harvest the £20 or so of GAME reward card discounts I have. The acid test will be when I see the overall UI in its finished form and the complete feature list.
But in all honesty I have something between little and no confidence in the dates and prices put on stuff by Play.com and Amazon, they just pull a number out of mid air and put it down, until less than 2 weeks ago Play were still showing Metal gear 4 as being released on New Years Day! Its gonna need a press release from Sony or something from ThreeSpeach to make me certain.
This is non news!
£99 is a bit much seeing that I've already got a DVR and my dad's getting a DVD recoder tomorrow. Too bad this it's at such a high price because I'd need to upgrade my HDD for it too.
My TV as well as most other HDTV's already has built-in freeview this thing is pointless. unless its going to offer alot more channels than freeview currently does.
Not everyone has freeview built into their TV. Just remember that.
There are two channel receiving devices so you can watch one and record another.
*Shock* Something is coming out in the EU before the US, this is purely because the US digital TV facilities are not up to scratch if they were we would probably not see this for another few months. We are still second class customers in the EU.
You can record in HD but only if the broadcasts are made in HD. In the UK there are no Freeview channels broadcasting in HD (yet).
Could you record a channel and play a resource intensive game at the same time (Assassins Creed for example) or will even the PS3 struggle with that? Could it write HDTV to the hard drive at the same time as playing a game on the hard drive or would they interfere with each other?
£99 is a lot of money for this device so I will not get one on release unless it is heavily discounted. I will pay no more than £70 for it even if it is good as I already have a freeview recorder which works just fine. When HD broadcasts begin this might look like a better option.
Wouldn't it be cool if you could get all of Europe's TV on this thing? Sadly this is not gonna happen as Digital TV is received via a TV aerial so you are limited to local broadcasts.
and we can all stream this stuff on our PSPs from anywhere. Massive cool points on this one. Wow, while others are busy dissing Sony, Sony is slowly cornering a massive sector in general media entertainment industry.
My gosh, by the end of this gen the name Playstation will not only be the new symbol for gaming taken from nintendo but also synomious with home media entertainment. Wow, Sony is virtually puting the entertainment sector on lock down.
I just found out I can have internet radio features on my PSP on the go, crazy!
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