PlayTV turns PS3 into a PVR in Europe
Sony's new device lets you watch and record digital TV on your PlayStation 3.
Sony's PlayStation 3 is a multimedia powerhouse, juggling the playback demands of Blu-ray, DVD, and DivX with ease. But while on-demand content is growing in popularity, there remain a vast number of people who watch regularly scheduled, over-the-air broadcasts. So it's not surprising to see Sony enter the market with PlayTV, a new device that will let you watch and record digital TV on your PlayStation 3. It was announced for the European market last year and will sell for 80 pounds, or about $156.
Using a USB tuner, plus the included software, PlayTV will allow users to play, record, and stream free-to-air digital programming. These types of broadcast are common across Europe, where the open DVB standard has been incorporated into such services as TDF in France and Freeview in the U.K. Our colleagues at GameSpot UK sat down with a pre-release version of the device at a recent Sony event. Find out how it works here.
(Source: Crave UK)