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.