Archive for category PlayTV
PlayTV is a neat little gadget that allows European PS3 users to watch and record TV on the PS3. Its an external USB TV Tuner which you plug into your aerial into and then a USB socket on the PS3. Once installed it can be accessed under a new XMB section called TV. It allows you to pause and rewind TV on the fly as well as see what is on over the next 7 days. Other features include being able to watch using your PSP (I don’t own one so was unable to test), a dual tuner allowing you to record one channel whilst watching another and you can even back up your videos onto an external device. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like you can view the files on any other computer but its nice to be able to backup your video at least. The standout feature of the device though is the ability to record TV whilst playing games, a pop-up alerts you when it starts and finishes recording. You can also watch a recording whilst it is recording if you only missed the start and do not with to wait until the end.
Overall I couldn’t recommend this highly enough. It works well and does everything you could expect it too. Feel free to post any questions in the comments below and if you’re wondering why you haven’t seen one of these about in America and Japan that is due to areas transmitting in DVB/T.
I just go an interesting e-mail from SL33PY, a regular reader here. I thought I’d post it here to get your thoughts:
I have been very enthusiastic about the upcoming addition to the PS3, PlayTV. I was looking forward to finally see all channels in HD quality.
Now today after some more thorough reading I nitced that PlayTV will support only the DVB-T standard, which means roof antenna and radio waves and stuff.
I already preordered my playtv in the uk, but now I regret doing so. In Belgium there are only 3 national stations available onn DVB-T and I don’t even own an antenna. Everyone in Belgium has cable!
I just wonder why they opted for DVB-T only? DVB-T is just a subset of the DVB standard. It shouldn’t be a problem to adopt the complete standard set, being DVB-S, DVB-T and DVB-C
I just wanted to highlight this and see your pov on the matter, even tough you live in Canada and won’t see the product. I’m also interested in all the other ps3Blog readers that are from Europe.
This dude is complaining that although it’s nice that the new PlayTV peripheral is cheaper than originally stated, that you can’t download your programs to other devices. What you can do, however, is watch programs remotely via PSP. Frankly, if I had PlayTV, I think that would be good enough for me.