Turns out, your PlayStation 3 might actually be a better solution to Freeview’s own version of Foxtel’s iQ2 PVR, the TiVo.
Sony Australia has announced that it will be bringing the PlayTV to Australia. The device, already launched in some European countries including the United Kingdom and France, allows the PlayStation 3 to record, watch and pause live free-to-air TV.
The device features two HD tuners, so you will able to watch one program while recording another, and will have an electronic program guide. Users of the PSP will also be allowed to watch live television and recorded television programs from the device, and is said to be “future-proof” as its functions grow with each update.
It comes out in November with a price tag of $169.95. Full press release is below, after the jump.
Sony Computer Entertainment Australia (SCE Aust.) announced today the introduction of PlayTV™ – the device that turns PlayStation®3 (PS3™) into a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) and High Definition digital TV tuner. PlayTV will be available in Australia on 26 November at a compelling recommended retail price of $169.95 and is set to become a favourite on the gift lists in time for the festive season.
With the ability to watch, pause and record free-to-air TV, PlayTV reinforces PS3’s rightful place at the heart of the family’s home entertainment needs. With twin HD tuners, PlayTV allows you to watch one program while recording another, or even record while playing a game or enjoying a Blu-ray movie. PlayTV offers a simple solution to the Australian family’s TV needs.
“PlayTV further extends the broad entertainment credentials of PS3, and makes it a must-have item for every Australian family,” said Michael Ephraim, Managing Director of Sony Computer Entertainment Australia and New Zealand. “PS3 already provides the best High Definition gaming, Blu-ray Disc movie playback, VidZone music video streaming, video, photo album, web browsing and PlayStation®Network content. With the introduction of PlayTV’s state of the art TV tuner and PVR functionality, PS3 continues to be the best choice for the home entertainment needs of the Australian family.”
PlayTV also makes it possible to watch TV programs on the go via Remote Play on PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) or via WiFi or 3G with Sony Ericsson’s AINO phone.
PlayTV provides the sort of features you’ll only find on top of the range PVRs:
- Two High Definition TV tuners: both able to watch, pause and record TV in High Definition, as well as Standard Definition. Ability to record TV while playing games or watching a Blu-ray movie or DVD.
- Electronic Program Guide: an incredibly user-friendly, seven-day interface, that provides the navigation for programming the PVR features of PlayTV – it’s fast and simple to use, with either SIXAXIS™ controller or the Blu-ray Remote Control for PS3.
- Compatibility: PlayTV operates on the widely available Digital Video Broadcasting – Terrestrial (DVB-T) format.
- Easy to use: Intuitive controls, single button help features, tutorial videos and simple navigation make PlayTV a joy to use compared with the complex navigation of other PVR models.
- Optional on-screen graphical display provides a wealth of information about the status of PlayTV and enables quick access to program information, stored TV programs and the controls to pause or record live TV.
- PlayTV will also determine the correct settings for either Standard Definition or High Definition displays automatically for a hassle-free viewing experience.
- Portable viewing with PSP: Seamless PSP connectivity allows you to set recordings, watch live TV and recorded TV programs remotely on the PSP, via a WiFi connection (using Remote Play feature).
- Portable viewing with Sony Ericsson AINO: Remote Play via a WiFi or 3G connection.
- It’s future-proof: PlayTV will evolve with time – with new features added and updated via PlayStation Network.
With PlayStation 3, the game is just the start. PS3 is so much more than a games console; now it’s a TV tuner and recorder as well – PlayTV is one more reason why PS3 kick starts the home entertainment experience in the living room.