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Topic # 31907 4-Apr-2009 12:08
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Play TV Until Late 2009
by Brianemone

Today we took the day off from doing anything unimportant like school or work and made a road trip to Auckland to catch up with some people. Our first appointment was with David Hine from Sony and we chatted about what has happened so far in the year and what to expect for the rest of 2009. There was of course the good news about the titles that we know about which we are probably all looking forward to, and then there was the mixed news when we asked for an update on Play TV heading to NZ.

I say mixed news because while some of it is obviously less than ideal, there is a glimmer of hope in what we learnt.


While the full interview will be in Wednesday’s podcast but here is the crux of what we talked about.

Brian: Play TV, what’s happening with that?
Wugga: Yeah, is it still coming out?

David Hine: Ahhh, Play TV. Yeah, it is still coming. The answer though is the same that I gave you last time, is that we have to get programming for NZ and we would like to get HD because the UK version doesn’t have HD Recording. NZ has more HD content than most places in PAL (regions) and we’d like that (HD Recording) as well. Those are the sorts of things that we are trying to work in. We are still hoping for the end of the year.

So there we have it, no freeview at least until the end of the year but perhaps with added functionality, which is what I would prefer to wait for anyway. This should also comfort those that already have the device overseas as Sony is still working on adding HD recording functionality.

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  Reply # 205568 6-Apr-2009 16:17
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Have Sony ever given a release date in NZ?

Everyone assumed it would be coming here because Sony NZ originally leaked the story that it was being planned/worked on.  I don't think NZ was any higher up the list as this was leaked way before we settled on MPEG4 and our audio format etc.  From what I can gather the development is happening in UK, so nothing to do with NZ and we're just waiting for them to get around to working on a system for our market.

I (like many others) was hanging onto the dream of a single box to do bluray and TV PVR etc, but Sony's going to luck out on this as there are newer bluray players coming along now and PVR options are on their way too.  Not the same as an all in one, but their loss really if they delay till end of 2009, which probably means 2010 anyway.

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  Reply # 205586 6-Apr-2009 16:57
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Well, thats it for me, I've officially "had it" with waiting for Sony to pull finger on this one.

A customer lost Sony, a shame to think that you could have done so well with this product....

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  Reply # 206022 8-Apr-2009 15:24
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Apparently the new v1.10 update now supports MPEG4 and potentially Freeview:

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  Reply # 206177 9-Apr-2009 13:08
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