Play.com has priced PlayTV for the PlayStation 3 at £99.99 and is set to be released by the end of March in the UK.
i will get it when it comes to NA
I gotta read up on what is all included in this Play Tv. That's what, about $170-$200 USD? That HIGH buddy, especially seeing as all my tv needs to pick up local HD signals is an already purchased set of HDTV rabbit ear antennas. ($20 USD. I really gotta read up on this but i need to get to Target now as they are selling Assassin's Creed for $38 http://img102.imageshack.us... Target.com weekly ad
I really want this but £99 seems just a little much.
A little much? Do you know how much standalone High-Definition TV Receivers cost? This is a huge bargain.
This a huge bargain. Cheaper than any other freeview HDD boxes.
A little too much?umm.. u bought an expensive hobby and you have to lived by it. Ofcourse i wil get it even it's £99. Remember Sony coming up with new things and and u think it's too much still, and u stil hear everyday that people complaining about ps3 not good enough? i also complain, but hell ya i wil get it soon!! Better save some bucks...
I'm a student and I got my PS3 from Christmas and Birthday (18th) money. I'm also a Sony fan but if I were to buy this I'd need a much bigger HDD seeing that I only have about 13GBs left. Also I don't think we can record HD programs off freeeview just yet but I might be wrong.
Damn I want this so much, turning your PS3 and PSP into DVRs is awesome as hell.
Is it? if so then this is a definate purchase for me
HD only happen if channels are broadcast in HD. eg: in UK, HD channels are only available on satellite and cable. Freeview HD will follow in a year time. You will only receive SD channels for now.
In populated areas.
This will be great! Although I'll probably have to upgrade my hard drive.
You wont ever recieve HD over freeview with that box, the roll out only starts in 2009/10 the standard for over the air HD freeview broadcasts has s=yet to be decided with the channels and ofcom, its highley unlikely that the tuners in the box will support OTA HD (recent rumours surrounding what standard will be chosen supports this) So its a freeview box at £99 that can only be used when the PS3 is switched on, waste of time imho
Wont the ps3 be able to record tv programmes? If so that would make it really cheap. well it would over here in the uk.
and it will still have PS3/PSP function.
@GameOn It will be able to record TV. It will have all the functionality of any DVR and then some.
How does it work?? I just hook it to my PS3 and I can watch tv channels without paying??? Im confused, and will the UK model work in USA?
No PlayTV only supports the Europan brodcasting standard DVB-T. I know Sweden brodcasts in HD at DVB-T, and think UK (and Denmark) to follow in 2009-2010. Btw. this has been published before, and many things at Play.com get a 28th March date, so hopefully sooner - I hope :D
I think here in the US, we will probably get it soon after we switch to Digital Broadcasting in Early 2009
Does it record TV programs or recieves HD signals or what? Edit: Nevermind, I already saw what it is, that's pretty cool. Instantly more channels, and records in SD too? I'm in when it comes to America.
Sony have said it wont be release in the US as you dont have anything like freeview
that they might release it, but not any time soon. I'm guessing not until like 2009, when Digital-over-the-air channels become standard. We may not get PlayTV exactly, but possibly something VERY similar.
shame u got 2 plug it into the front of your ps3's usb :-/ shame ps3 don't have a usb slot on the back of it. ill get 1 anyway!!! ;-P
I got a HD reciever from Time Warner Cable with close to 400 chanels out of wich about 50 HD....and I can do the same as PlayTV and a lot more!! But it will be huge for European countries where are no services like that!! I can see PlayTV to be big in Europe but not in America.
Because it's not possible in the U.S. EDIT-Disagree all you want, it still isn't even close to feasible in the U.S. All channels that are broadcast over the air (channels PLAYTV is made for) in the U.S. are local channels. If that's what you want then go ahead but you'll only be getting about 10-15 local channels and none of them will be HD.
Why couldn't they release this in America first? Microsoft gave us a bunch of stupid add-ons that were standard in the PS3 and now Sony throws the UK a huge bone! That's it, we're keeping Layla Kayleigh until we get that over here!
Because currently there is no similar service as the UK and several European countries in receiving TV.
wait. I thought PlayTV was just a downloadable software but you actually have to buy it.
Where would you plug in the aerial?
For my needs, £99 is too much but if it comes to £50 then hell yeah but that would be like in years time probably.
I can't believe people are actually considering not buying this. If it was available in North America, it would boost the install rate of PS3s ten fold...
Because i already have a 160GB DVD Recorder with Freeview so there's no point paying for this if i can already do everything this offers. Also i dont think you can play games and record TV at the same time.
This implementation of these features is way better than what was just announced for Xbox 360.... Playstation FTW.
it totally makes sense... there will be two receivers in the box, each can read DVB-T in HD (in order to record and watch different channels at once). it will also be possible to stream television over the network and watch tv live on the psp. I use DVB-T right now with an antenna on my house and like it, but cant record and get HD when it comes out.