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#25561 25-Aug-2008 16:48
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Well it's been almost a year since this announcement:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/thepress/4180105a24228.html


And now we're being told January/February 2009:
http://www.psu.com/PlayTV-release-date-announced;-will-record-whilst-playing-games--a0004289-p0.php



Our TV only has one HDMI port currently taken by the PS3 and our Home Theatre has no free inputs after the PS3 and Xbox 360 have had their way so another set top box would be far from a welcome addition to our set up.

That said, PlayTV just doesn't look like it's going to be released anytime soon.  Every hint of a release date is constantly being pushed back.


Our analogue reception is woeful (UHF reception is good however), and I want to jump on the HDTV bandwagon.


Anyone have an alternative?  Should I be patient or just purchase a DSE set to box and use component out with the TVs speakers?

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  #159638 25-Aug-2008 17:07
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I've got DSE FreeviewHD for Olympic... and I don't see Sony is going to delivery every sugar-candy like when they first announced. First off, no format shifting and only streaming to PSP. no HD recording. No H.264 initially.

So yeah, if you want FreeviewHD now, don't hesistate to get DSE.




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  #159666 25-Aug-2008 18:49
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chiefie: I've got DSE FreeviewHD for Olympic... and I don't see Sony is going to delivery every sugar-candy like when they first announced. First off, no format shifting and only streaming to PSP. no HD recording. No H.264 initially.



So yeah, if you want FreeviewHD now, don't hesistate to get DSE.


A DSE is just a Zinwell in drag.  Get a Draco  or ET   box..




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  #159670 25-Aug-2008 19:03
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How about this for a theory.

For PlayTV I am guessing that there will need to be a firmware upgrade so the PS3 can play the AAC-HE LATM audio we have here. The PS3 can play .ts files with h.264 video and AC-3 audio fine so long as they are in m2ts format. That firmware would also support the epg etc.

There will also be the hardware which includes the tuner.

So theoretically the firmware upgrade might be free but to use PlayTV you need to buy the hardware.

So you could potentially record the TV shows using say gbpvr or something software, convert the files to m2ts format and then play on the PS3?

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  #159791 26-Aug-2008 09:28
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The first announcement was one of those comments that shouldn't have been made - very much along the lines of what National are having happen to them now! It surprised a lot of people around the world Laughing

I would guess that he would've liked to have had PlayTV here this year, but that it was never really the plan. If anything a comment like this probably brought forward the timeframe that Sony originally had for NZ.

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