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Topic # 24983 8-Aug-2008 16:28
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According to the UK Playstation site play tv is being releasing to the UK in September.
It also points you to this site http://playtvps3.com/pcflash/

Looks bloody good.

There is a rumour that we will get this in Jan/Feb next year.

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  Reply # 155300 8-Aug-2008 19:16
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Not a rumour, Sony themselves indicated this in an official statement. I've been waiting for it a while now, part of the reason I got my PS3 - will be nice to watch recorded TV on my PSP while out and about wherever...




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Reply # 155801 11-Aug-2008 09:38
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  Reply # 156016 11-Aug-2008 20:34
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Whatever do you mean confirmed? I had already said it was official...




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  Reply # 156032 11-Aug-2008 20:56
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Perhaps he meant confirmed in NZ Jan/Feb next year?

Another rumour floating around is, if TBTB hadn't chosen the very new AAC-HE LATM audio standard, then we could have had PlayTV earlier since the UK version would have probably worked fine.





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  Reply # 156061 11-Aug-2008 21:43
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And it'll be obsolete in a year anyway once the UK rolls out DVB-T2 and everybody wants to upgrade to get HD.


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  Reply # 156136 12-Aug-2008 05:48
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NZtechfreak: Whatever do you mean confirmed? I had already said it was official...


Sorry, I didn't realise you worked for Sony.

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  Reply # 156166 12-Aug-2008 08:43
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sbiddle:

And it'll be obsolete in a year anyway once the UK rolls out DVB-T2 and everybody wants to upgrade to get HD.


What do you mean, doesn't it already support HD?  Or do you mean it will be obsolete in the UK, but how quickly will DBV-T2 take off?  I assumed it's the equivalent of a Freeview set top box here.  How will that become obsolete?  Besides, it's only €99.  I wonder what it will cost here?


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  Reply # 156174 12-Aug-2008 08:56
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bazzer:
sbiddle:

And it'll be obsolete in a year anyway once the UK rolls out DVB-T2 and everybody wants to upgrade to get HD.


What do you mean, doesn't it already support HD?  Or do you mean it will be obsolete in the UK, but how quickly will DBV-T2 take off?  I assumed it's the equivalent of a Freeview set top box here.  How will that become obsolete?  Besides, it's only €99.  I wonder what it will cost here?



The UK doesn't have HD via terrestrial, only satellite.

Because they already have MPEG2 DVB-T they can't easily add HD channels and you face a total shambles like Australia. Instead they are choosing to run the new DVB-T2 standard for their new HD terrestrial service with the existing channels still functioning as normal as the new STB's/TV's will pick up existing DVB-T channels. DVB-T2 will probably take off relatively quickly, from speaking to a mate over there expectations seem to be that the bulk of new TV's/STB's will be DVB-T2 compatible within the next 18 months (scheduled launch is late 2009) but the move isn't without controversy as their are changes to the existing MUX's and some channels being run at lower bitrates.

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  Reply # 156186 12-Aug-2008 09:21
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sbiddle: Because they already have MPEG2 DVB-T they can't easily add HD channels and you face a total shambles like Australia. Instead they are choosing to run the new DVB-T2 standard for their new HD terrestrial service with the existing channels still functioning as normal as the new STB's/TV's will pick up existing DVB-T channels. DVB-T2 will probably take off relatively quickly, from speaking to a mate over there expectations seem to be that the bulk of new TV's/STB's will be DVB-T2 compatible within the next 18 months (scheduled launch is late 2009) but the move isn't without controversy as their are changes to the existing MUX's and some channels being run at lower bitrates.

OK, but that doesn't affect the usefulness of PlayTV, especially in NZ.  Could an update allow it to work with DVB-T2 or does it not work like that?

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  Reply # 156193 12-Aug-2008 09:41
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bazzer:
sbiddle: Because they already have MPEG2 DVB-T they can't easily add HD channels and you face a total shambles like Australia. Instead they are choosing to run the new DVB-T2 standard for their new HD terrestrial service with the existing channels still functioning as normal as the new STB's/TV's will pick up existing DVB-T channels. DVB-T2 will probably take off relatively quickly, from speaking to a mate over there expectations seem to be that the bulk of new TV's/STB's will be DVB-T2 compatible within the next 18 months (scheduled launch is late 2009) but the move isn't without controversy as their are changes to the existing MUX's and some channels being run at lower bitrates.

OK, but that doesn't affect the usefulness of PlayTV, especially in NZ.  Could an update allow it to work with DVB-T2 or does it not work like that?


DVB-T2 is totally new hardware. Sony would have to release an updated unit to be DVB-T2 compatible.

It doesn't affect NZ at all as we will never go DVB-T2 as there is no need.

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  Reply # 156521 13-Aug-2008 11:08
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So is the different sound (AAC-HE LATM audio standard) encoding the reason why we're released behind the UK?? I assume there's some hardwear difference or you could just buy one from the UK.

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kitset: So is the different sound (AAC-HE LATM audio standard) encoding the reason why we're released behind the UK?? I assume there's some hardwear difference or you could just buy one from the UK.


Thats my understanding.

Hopefully this means that in exchange for getting it later here, we get fewer teething problems and a more ideal experience from the outset.

Just heard that the UK release price is now 69 pounds, which brings it into line with the 99 euro price tag, and a likely price here around the $200 mark. Encouraging.




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  Reply # 156539 13-Aug-2008 11:52
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The reason behind the latest delay of PlayTV release in NZ is to align the launch of PlayTV with the introduction of Australian Freeview. Previous to the announcement of Freeview in Oz (http://www.gizmodo.com.au/tags/freeview) we had a pre-Christmas launch date.

I have been seriously patient about these delaysWink but this is getting ridiculous to the extent that I will be looking into other brands of PVR.

Given the differing standards between NZ and Oz Freeview this delay is purely a marketing ploy.

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NZtechfreak:
kitset: So is the different sound (AAC-HE LATM audio standard) encoding the reason why we're released behind the UK?? I assume there's some hardwear difference or you could just buy one from the UK.


Thats my understanding.

Hopefully this means that in exchange for getting it later here, we get fewer teething problems and a more ideal experience from the outset.

Just heard that the UK release price is now 69 pounds, which brings it into line with the 99 euro price tag, and a likely price here around the $200 mark. Encouraging.


Fingers crossed for a Jan/Feb release and a post-teething problem unit.  I've been holding out on getting a HD box in anticipation of this.  My cynical nature would suggest the price will be closer to $300 than $200 in NZ though...

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  Reply # 156548 13-Aug-2008 12:27
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tstone: The reason behind the latest delay of PlayTV release in NZ is to align the launch of PlayTV with the introduction of Australian Freeview. Previous to the announcement of Freeview in Oz (http://www.gizmodo.com.au/tags/freeview) we had a pre-Christmas launch date.

I have been seriously patient about these delaysWink but this is getting ridiculous to the extent that I will be looking into other brands of PVR.

Given the differing standards between NZ and Oz Freeview this delay is purely a marketing ploy.


Product delay as a marketing ploy? Strikes me as unlikely.




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