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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.

CONTENTS

* 1 Features

* 2 Release

* 2.1 Software updates

* 3 Linux and Windows * 4 References * 5 External links

FEATURES

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
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.

LIBRARY: The PlayTV
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
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 PlayStation
PlayStation
Portable allows for portable viewing of live or recorded television programming. By using the Remote Play feature of the PlayStation
PlayStation
3, owners can use a PlayStation Portable to access their PlayStation
PlayStation
3 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 from their PlayStation 3 to their PlayStation Portable via the internet. The new Sony Ericsson Aino has been confirmed to link up to a PlayStation 3 and will use Remote Play which allows users to watch PlayTV
PlayTV
on their phone.

MANUALS: PlayTV
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 PlayStation
PlayStation
Portable.

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
PlayTV
can only record to the PlayStation
PlayStation
3's own internal hard drive. Recorded video can then be transferred to an external storage device in some regions. * Codecs: PlayTV
PlayTV
supports 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) * Twin DVB-T tuners (one dedicated to recording, the other to live viewing). Tuners are HDTV capable in areas with HD DVB-T broadcasts. * PlayTV
PlayTV
can be controlled using a PlayStation
PlayStation
controller or Blu-ray remote control. * Antenna input only. No antenna output.

Sony previously stated that PlayTV
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 PlayTV
PlayTV
device.

Sony has stated that PlayTV
PlayTV
is incompatible with the UK Freeview HD, as it uses the DVB-T2 standard.

RELEASE

The device was launched in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and France on 19 September 2008 with other regions in Europe
Europe
following.

Australia
Australia
and New Zealand
New Zealand
were originally to receive the PlayTV accessory 2 months after Europe
Europe
but it was delayed until 26 November 2009 in Australia
Australia
along with an HD software update. In New Zealand
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
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 with their ISDB-T broadcast system. It is unknown if there are plans to release PlayTV
PlayTV
or a similar device for use with North American NTSC / ATSC broadcasts.

On 12 September 2008, Sony released an interactive demo of PlayTV
PlayTV
on the PlayStation Store
PlayStation Store
in Europe.

First week shipments of PlayTV
PlayTV
in the UK were reportedly 85,000 units, apparently with "specialist and national press giving thumbs up to the device."

SOFTWARE UPDATES

Software updates are available via the About section in Settings using the "Game Update Check" Functionality (when using the original PlayTV
PlayTV
software). In recent versions of PlayTV
PlayTV
software, a Software Update function is available directly from the main PlayTV
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
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 ONLY) * 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
PlayTV
software became unstable, with the most commonly reported symptom being the software hanging on the PlayTV
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 DVB-T Diversity 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
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
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
PlayTV
software (a function not normally available). A PlayStation Jailbreak device is required in order to transfer the file from PS3 to PC.

REFERENCES

* ^ A B "Sony clarifies PlayTV
PlayTV
date, price". Eurogamer. 2008-08-12. Retrieved 2008-08-12. * ^ A B "Play TV arriving at end of November". * ^ A B C D E F G " PlayTV
PlayTV
Preview". Eurogamer. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-18. * ^ " PlayTV
PlayTV
unlocks free Digital TV on PLAYSTATION 3" (Press release). Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. 22 August 2007. * ^ Steve O'Hear (14 February 2008). "Video: Sony’s PS3 DVR, PlayTV". last100.com. Retrieved 2008-03-23. * ^ Installation Disc provided with the PlayTV
PlayTV
device * ^ James Thorpe (30 October 2009). "EU Playstation Blog, PlayTV Update: Comment 2". EU Playstation Blog. Retrieved 2009-10-04. * ^ Jem Alexander (12 August 2008). " PlayTV
PlayTV
coming September 19th, reasonably priced". ps3fanboy.com. Retrieved 2008-08-12. * ^ " PlayTV
PlayTV
released in New Zealand
New Zealand
on the 25th November". 25 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-25. * ^ " PlayTV
PlayTV
released in New Zealand
New Zealand
on the 25th November". 22 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-22. * ^ Kennedy, Stuart (2009-06-23). "Global HD PlayTV
PlayTV
test in Australia". The Australian. * ^ Tom Bramwell (2008-09-12). "FIFA and PlayTV
PlayTV
demos in PSN update PlayStation 3 News - Page 1". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 24 August 2010.

* ^ " PlayTV
PlayTV
ships 85,000 units in UK News". Gamesindustry.biz. 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2010-08-24. * ^ PlayTV
PlayTV
gets software update… 2 Apr. " PlayTV
PlayTV
gets software update… Three Speech: Semi-Official PlayStation
PlayStation
Blog". Three Speech. Retrieved 24 August 2010. * ^ " PlayTV
PlayTV
Is Set To Get Even Better – PlayStation.Blog.Europe". Blog.eu.playstation.com. 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2010-08-24. * ^ McGrath, Ross (17 November 2010). "‘Heads-Up’ Game Store Update 17th November 2010". SCEE . Retrieved 18 November 2010. * ^ "PS3 telly add-on update hit by splash screen crash -reghardware.com". reghardware.com. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2010. * ^ http://www.elotrolado.net/hilo_para-cuando-un-programa-o-app-para-usar-play-tv-dignamente_1546617_s20#p1723268814

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