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Play TV (PS3)

by Sony
PlayStation 3
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • Media: Accessory
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0017UV0UG
  • Item Weight: 82 g
  • Release Date: 19 Sep 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,508 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

PLAYSTATION 3 already offers cutting-edge gaming and a High Definition Blu-ray Disc movie player, and soon you'll be able to watch, pause and record free-to-air digital television, thanks to PlayTV. It couldn't be easier to set up; simply plug a TV aerial into the back of the PlayTV Tuner, connect the PlayTV Tuner to your PS3 using a USB cable and then follow the on-screen instructions. And once you're up and running, you can record one channel while watching another or playing a PS3 game; see what's on now and next, with the easy to use Programme Guide; and watch TV when you're out and about, using Remote Play for PSP. In fact, you can enjoy all of PlayTV's great features on your PSP, whether you want to watch your recorded programmes or schedule new recordings. All you have to do is find a Wireless hotspot and activate the Remote Play feature. PlayTV is another reason to have PLAYSTATION 3 and PSP at the centre of your living room, and it's coming soon.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should I invest in Sony's Box of Tricks? 2 May 2011
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Many UK households have a plethora of electronic devices stacked up near the TV - Sky Boxes, Freeview Boxes, consoles, DVD and blu-ray players to name just a few. Wouldn't it be great if you could combine some of these bulky electronics into one, thus saving both electricity and freeing up plug some sockets? Sony's PlayStation3 is already a bit of a multi-tasker with its game-playing, DVD-playing, blu-ray-playing, and BBC iPlay-ing antics - and if you purchase the 'PlayTV' add-on, the console will also be transformed into a Freeview recorder. Sound good? In this review I'll be putting PlayTV through its paces, taking a look at it's pros and cons before forming an overall assessment of the device in my conclusion.

What does the PlayTV unit look like?

PlayTV is simply a small, black plastic box which connects to your PS3 via a USB cable. At around the size of a mobile phone (albeit a rather bulky mobile phone), PlayTV can be placed where traditionally sized Freeview boxes simply wouldn't fit - you could even hide it behind the PS3 itself if you so desired. If i'm being completely honest, it isn't the most beautiful piece of gadgetry that i've ever owed, but due to it's size, it doesn't really matter. Thankfully, PlayTV doesn't need an external power supply, as it draws its energy direct from your console. The front edge of the PlayTV box features a small red LED light that illuminates when the device is in operation, whilst the back of the unit houses the input and output sockets. PlayTV doesn't come with a remote control - it doesn't need one, as you can operate it via your PS3 game controller.
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183 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent PS3/Freeview add-on 19 Sep 2008
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Well my PlayTV arrived this morning.. and setup took about 5 mins.. Not sure I want to set through that video it plays whilst it installs again but i guess once is fine. ;).

I've a Sixaxis and a bd-handset. was surprised that the kit came with an overlay for the handset. Handy..

Unit itself is small and once I'd confirmed it was working just tucked it away behind the tv.. I notice its wall mountable but I figure its not worth the hassle. Can gather dust along with the other cables.

Firstly the picture quality.. I am running my PS3 through a KDL-40V4000 at 1080p, so I was not expecting much more from the Freeview quality. I was very surprised at the increase and smoothness of the image.. Of course they are still only at 720x576 but all the same they upscale very well to 1080p. So this is the BEST quality Freeview image I've yet seen.

Secondly everything is very responsive and fast.. Once the PlayTV application is loaded and running the guide, changing channels etc. is very smooth.. Excellent.

Next try out the pause live TV and rewind functionality.. very slick..l worked very well with the Tennis today.

Lastly recording from a schedule.. Very easy.. go tot he guide/or search by name and then setup the recording options.. If there is a conflict it prompts you to decide which to record and which to discard. Excellent. Next I recorded a program and then exported it to the regular PS3 video folder.. From there I can copy it to a memory card etc. So confirmed no DRM.

Did a few test recordings whilst playing games.. No noticeable problems. with either the game or the recordings. The unit will also bring itself online from standby which it pretty neat.. then it goes back to standby.. very neat..
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Freeview services available 30 Sep 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Play TV (PS3)

I previously used the Freeview service on my Toshiba TV. We also have Virgin + in the house. PlayTV is miles ahead of both these services.

The home screen has everything you need on it; Live TV, Library, Search, Guide, Settings.

Live TV: The navigation of live tv is the best of any freeview, cable or satellite service I have seen. There is a small bar that makes it easy to see how much of the programme has been shown and how much there is left to be watched. You can also see what programme is up next.

If you press start then live tv will be paused until you press play again. This is great if, for example, you want to skip adverts or go to dinner and want to start watching where you left off.

To record a programme all you need to do is press select and it will start recording to the PS3's hard drive. The other way to record a programme is to go into the EPG whilst in live tv or Guide on the home screen. There is also the same bar that lets you see how much of the programme has been seen. Most of the time the guide will show you the programmes but occasionally you might not get any information which can be annoying.

You can either use the PS3 controller or PS3 remote. In the contents of the box you get a stick on cover for the PS3 remote so you can see what buttons do what. If you use the PS3 controller then there is an on-screen remote you can use that has the red, green, yellow, blue and number buttons.

Library: In here you can view all the programmes you have recorded. You can also see how much space each programme has taken up and how much space you have left on the hard drive.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars N.O spells NO!!!!
NO!!!! Just don't.
Published 18 days ago by W. Busby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy to set up and works well.
Published 3 months ago by Nan bam
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
works fine.
Published 4 months ago by Peleep
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't have the HD channels
To be fair, nor does it claim to have them, but I'd regard them as pretty much essential to the modern TV.
Published 6 months ago by Jeremy Levis
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The perfect birthday present and have had it for a few years now and it's still going strong and the delivery time was impeccable.
Published 8 months ago by Mr. RS DRAZDIK
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn your PS3 into a £400 SMART Blu-Ray, Media, Freeview PVR
Very pleased with this item, came boxed with all the original instructions and install disc.

Apart from the dreadfully patronising and awful music in the compulsary... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr Lee Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars To act as digibox
V good
Bought to go with digital tv which had a broken built in digibox and the picture was freezing and breaking up the picture and sound
Published 10 months ago by J. M. Lohmann
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm surprised that Sony and Microsoft...
...don't incorporate this functionality into their units and charge a few quid extra for it. The on screen display of the TV app is very good indeed, and looks much slicker than... Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars playtv
i got the playtv for my neighbour and he says it is working perfectly.would recommend it to anyone best buy ever
Published 11 months ago by jane bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars good
A very good buy. An excellent product.

An excellent product. Do buy it, its worth it... totally loved it

Thanks and regards..............
Published 13 months ago by Hassan Ur Rehman
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