Some two years after the European launch, and some three years after someone breaking embargo about it (I can’t recall, memory’s failing me,) PlayTV is finally coming to us in New Zealand. For those that are suffering early onset Alzheimer’s like myself, PlayTV is a peripheral for your Playstation 3 that will plug into a USB port and act as a PVR device. It’s RRP is set at $199.95, and will be available on November 25th, this little device will allow you to record HD TV without interrupting the PS3s daily duties of games, blu ray movies and what have you. It’ll also allow you to interface with it via Remote Play on the PSP and “selected” Sony Vaio laptops, or a Sony Ericsson AINO phone. I’ve always felt that the remote play functionality has been underused, since my sedentary lifestyle is currently held back by having to get out of bed to use any of my consumer electronics. Being able to watch TV without even having to sit up in bed. It’s the future, people.

6 thoughts on “Play TV Launch Announced

  1. If the PlayTV, while gaming, doesn’t make my PS3 fans sound like TWO jets taking off rather than one, I’m not interested.

    On a serious note, do you happen to know if it’ll support Freeview’s Episode Guide? I read that the current version—not officially avilable in NZ, although works here—doesn’t support whatever EPG format Freeview uses. I’d hope than an official launch means there will be support for this or it’ll be a while lot less appealing to use.

  2. If the PlayTV, while gaming, doesn’t make my PS3 fans sound like TWO jets taking off rather than one, I’m not interested.

    On a serious note, do you happen to know if it’ll support Freeview’s Episode Guide? I read that the current version—not officially avilable in NZ, although works here—doesn’t support whatever EPG format Freeview uses. I’d hope than an official launch means there will be support for this or it’ll be a while lot less appealing to use.

  3. Considering the cheapest MyFreeview HD box is $550 I’d definitely consider the PlayTV it worth it if you’ve already got a PS3, and the EPG works properly in NZ. You can stick a bigger HDD in your PS3 for dirt cheap if you need to as well.

    This is all provided that you’re not already paying through the nose for MySky HDi—in which case Freeview is redundant.

  4. Considering the cheapest MyFreeview HD box is $550 I’d definitely consider the PlayTV it worth it if you’ve already got a PS3, and the EPG works properly in NZ. You can stick a bigger HDD in your PS3 for dirt cheap if you need to as well.

    This is all provided that you’re not already paying through the nose for MySky HDi—in which case Freeview is redundant.

  5. Sorry the post is a little light on the details, Accidental, I don’t think the press release specifically stated EPG support, but it seems like a given, with the emphasis on Freeview it had (with a quote from Sam Irvine, general manager of Freeview.)

  6. Sorry the post is a little light on the details, Accidental, I don’t think the press release specifically stated EPG support, but it seems like a given, with the emphasis on Freeview it had (with a quote from Sam Irvine, general manager of Freeview.)

  7. Oh if Freeview is in on it then it’s gotta be. That’s great news. I think I’ll be picking it up.
    Not sure yet about whether or not I’ll need to upgrade the 40GB HDD in my PS3.

    • if you are wanting to record tv would be best to up grade the drive otherwise it is only a small install to get set up.

  8. Oh if Freeview is in on it then it’s gotta be. That’s great news. I think I’ll be picking it up.
    Not sure yet about whether or not I’ll need to upgrade the 40GB HDD in my PS3.

    • if you are wanting to record tv would be best to up grade the drive otherwise it is only a small install to get set up.

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