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PlayTV hopes to make PS3 the centre of living room entertainment

by Steven Williamson on 21 July 2008, 13:24

Tags: PlayStation 3, Sony Computers Entertainment Europe (NYSE:SNE), PS3

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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.

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Looking forward to this. Any idea of price yet, it was originally touted at about £50 wasn't it?
We need something like ths on the 360 also.

Ideal for people with just standard Sky, output into this new box and then run into the TV and you have the equivalent of the plus box. Consoles are becoming very media orientated as of late.
Of course you'll also have to replace the HDD so you can record more than a couple of shows. Sky+ etc. don't have to worry about all those game installs.
Yeah, hypothetiocally though it could work. Not as great as plus as that will be compressing the shows as it records them. It could work though
Oh, it'll work alright…..I'm even thinking of buying it. It's just that the final cost will be a lot more that advertitsed because of the limited size of the supplied drive. Hopefully it'll allow storage on external drives too.

Compression would be a big plus though, especially since the shows are meant to be DRM free meaning easy transfer to portable media players too.