PLAYTV is a HDTV/DVR add-on unit for the
PlayStation 3 (PS3) video
game console. It allows the PS3 to act as an
HDTV or DTV receiver as
well as a digital video recorder (DVR) for recording television
programmes to the hard drive for later viewing. The application will
only start up with the
DVB-T adaptor connected.
* 1 Features
* 2 Release
* 2.1 Software updates
* 3 Linux and Windows
* 4 References
* 5 External links
LIVETV: The Live TV feature allows access to free-to-air
(unencrypted) channels in the widely available
DVB-T network. While
using the Live TV option, live programming is cached as it is
displayed, so that users can pause, rewind and fast forward through
any recently viewed material, as well as record and turn subtitles and
audio description on/off. Screen size can also be changed. PlayTV
allows users to watch one programme while recording another. Live TV
also has a now and next bar enabling users to scroll through live TV
and see what is on other channels and what is coming on next.
GUIDE (ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE): The software features a 7-day
electronic program guide .
PlayTV allows users to set recordings and
change channel from the Guide; also selectable is a Favourites guide
which is a list of a user's favourite programmes. The Guide shows a
full description of all programmes. While setting recordings, users
can set whether they would like to repeat the recordings daily or
weekly for up to 26 times but lacks Series Link.
PlayTV Library is where all the recorded content is
stored. The content can be viewed in a list view or in a thumbnail
view. It is also fully sortable by date, channel and name. The library
is also where content can be exported to the
PlayStation 3's main menu
to be stored with the rest of the user's video files. While playing
back the recorded content, users can pause, fast forward, rewind, skip
to/from and turn subtitles and audio description on/off. Screen size
can also be changed.
SCHEDULE: The schedule feature allows users to edit their future
recordings. It is also fully searchable.
FIND AND RECORD: The find and record feature allows users to search
the next 7 days worth of TV programmes by searching with a key word in
the title of the programmes and/or the description of the programme.
Find and record also lets users set manual recordings using the
channel, date and time that you wish to record.
MOBILE TV WITH PSP: Wi-Fi connectivity with a
allows for portable viewing of live or recorded television
programming. By using the
Remote Play feature of the
owners can use a
PlayStation Portable to access their
console from anywhere in the world via the Internet. The Remote Play
feature has the ability to 'wake up' the
PlayStation 3 from stand-by
mode, allowing the user the ability to watch live TV, set recordings
and watch previously recorded content anywhere in the world direct
PlayStation 3 to their
PlayStation Portable via the
internet. The new
Sony Ericsson Aino has been confirmed to link up to
PlayStation 3 and will use
Remote Play which allows users to watch
PlayTV on their phone.
PlayTV displays an on-screen manual. This acts as a quick
reference to the various functions of a controller, Blu-ray remote
control and remote play using a
SETTINGS AND OTHER FEATURES:
* Turn Subtitles on / off
* Turn Audio Description on / off
* Set whether you would like live TV to always be recorded or just
when paused for trick mode.
* Screen Size settings
* Game play recordings on / off (See below)
* Parental Lock
* HDD Size:
PlayTV can only record to the
PlayStation 3's own
internal hard drive. Recorded video can then be transferred to an
external storage device in some regions.
MPEG2 SD. AVC /
MPEG4 is now available with
the latest PS3 firmware update. (UK manual only states
MPEG2 in the
supported codecs under technical specs)
DVB-T tuners (one dedicated to recording, the other to live
viewing). Tuners are
HDTV capable in areas with HD
PlayTV can be controlled using a
PlayStation controller or Blu-ray
* Antenna input only. No antenna output.
Sony previously stated that
PlayTV would be able to record TV while
playing PS3 and PS1 games, the code for the function has already been
incorporated in the version 2.41 firmware update. To use the product
however a 5 GB install is required from the disc provided with the
Sony has stated that
PlayTV is incompatible with the UK Freeview HD,
as it uses the
The device was launched in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and France
on 19 September 2008 with other regions in
New Zealand were originally to receive the PlayTV
accessory 2 months after
Europe but it was delayed until 26 November
Australia along with an HD software update. In
New Zealand the
device was pushed back further to a release date of 25 November 2010.
The update underwent testing in both countries due to the wide
availability of HD channels and use of common broadcast codecs (MPEG 2
MPEG 4 ).
PlayTV is only capable of tuning
DVB-T broadcasts, so is not
available in regions which do not use DVB-T. A similar accessory known
as Torne was made available in March 2010 available in Japan for use
ISDB-T broadcast system. It is unknown if there are plans
PlayTV or a similar device for use with North American NTSC
On 12 September 2008, Sony released an interactive demo of
PlayStation Store in Europe.
First week shipments of
PlayTV in the UK were reportedly 85,000
units, apparently with "specialist and national press giving thumbs up
to the device."
Software updates are available via the About section in Settings
using the "Game Update Check" Functionality (when using the original
PlayTV software). In recent versions of
PlayTV software, a Software
Update function is available directly from the main
PlayTV menu. A
further update was announced on 2 April 2009 that will include new
volume and search controls, upscaling of standard definition (SD)
content and faster access to TV shows from the XMB menu system.
In February 2009 another update was released, which provided
improvements to standard definition upscaling.
On 23 August 2010, details of a new update (version 2.01) were
revealed. While part of the update is free, an unlock key must be
purchased from the
PlayStation Store in order to access some of the
features (listed below). The update was released on 17 November 2010.
The following premium services are offered with the 2.01 update:
* Series Link - record a whole series at the touch of a button. (UK
* Chat TV - live chat for up to 64 users during TV viewing.
* Recommendations - recommend shows to your friends via Facebook.
* Community favourites - Lets you see what your friends and the PSN
Community are watching and enjoying. (Not available in Australia)
* Premium 7 day EPG - Electronic Programme Guide. (Standard PlayTV
programme guide only in Australia)
* Search by actor, director and genre.
On 6 December 2010, another update, version 2.02, was released. Many
users complained that since the update the
PlayTV software became
unstable, with the most commonly reported symptom being the software
hanging on the
PlayTV launch screen and not proceeding any further.
On 3 March 2011, bugfix update 2.03 was released.
On 23 May 2013, version 2.04 was released.
LINUX AND WINDOWS
The device can be used in Linux since 2.6.30. It also can be used in
Windows by patching the USB IDs in the driver of a card with the same
dibcom hardware (such as the Pinnacle PCTV Dual
Stick). It can be used in both 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows using
this method. There are believed to be two hardware variants of the
device, using the ULI chipset.
In Linux or Windows,
PlayTV can handle AVC /
MPEG4 HD broadcasts which
are used in Ireland and continental Europe. The UK has adopted DVB-T2
for terrestrial high-definition TV broadcasts, so the
PlayTV will not
give PS3 owners access to those TV channels.
An unofficial Windows application (in Spanish language only) allows
users to edit the file channel_ps3.bin and customize the order of
channels in the
PlayTV software (a function not normally available). A
PlayStation Jailbreak device is required in order to transfer the file
from PS3 to PC.
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