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# 43876 22-Oct-2009 14:47
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Just heard PlayTV update ver 1.21 is available now.

I'll be looking for and loading this up tonight.
Sounds like it's fixed recording and audio on NZ AAC channels but EPG is still a no goer thanks to freeview and their stupid limited EIT data policy.

Anyway, good news to those of us who have imported this and may pave the way for others to get one whilst the dollar is so good against overseas currencies.  Just thought I'd let others know.

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  # 266110 22-Oct-2009 14:54
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Yay! That's excellent news. I wonder if that will prompt an update on the actual release date for NZ?
Do you have a PlayTV that you have imported from the UK?

If so....
Can you confirm that it is exactly the same hardware that NZ will (hopefully) eventually receive?
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What did you pay for yours?

Thanks for the update.Laughing



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  # 266114 22-Oct-2009 15:04
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Yes I have one.

Yes it will be the same hardware. With the proviso that of course I can't exactly say that, other than the current hardware works here, so why would they change it?

Play TV is a global software update, so I personally doubt that Sony will through varying hardware into the mix. I think it's more if it works in your country, it will eventually be supported there and if it doesn't work then tough, rather than them releasing a location specific hardware piece.

I paid about $160 I think out of game.co.uk I think it was. Like Amazon.co.uk it arrived in a week! It should be much cheaper now given our stunning high NZ dollar value at the moment.

I would hope there is some info on the NZ release date but I suspect that even if there is an announcement it will not be released any time soon. From what I'm hearing this update allows you to select Australia specifically, but not NZ. I'd put a lot of money on the reason being the lack of EIT data to properly populate the EPG. Cheers freeview for that.

I am hoping selecting France or 'Other' region allows this to work properly here in NZ.
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  # 266124 22-Oct-2009 15:36
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Do you need to have a UK PSN account in order to access the update for PlayTV?





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  # 266127 22-Oct-2009 15:45
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Nope, well at least not for the last one.

The whole thing ships as a hardware box you plug your aerial into and is usb to the PS3. Kinda messy as there are no rear usb ports on either model PS3. And you also get a CD/Manual/Bluray remote over sticker.

Once installed you do an update from within the program and initially you only got update Ver 1.10. This gave you NZ pictures on all channels, but only sound on TV3 via it's dolby soundtrack.

I highly suspect this next update will just work. Up until now it has not been linked to any PSN account or other. It's just like a game update for instance. PlayTV software is just another program that loads from the XMB like any game etc. Hope that helps.

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  # 266133 22-Oct-2009 15:55
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@Jaxson

I have seriously been looking at importing one from the UK. Keep us up to date with the new ver. 1.21. I will be interested to see if this allows for AAC-HE support.

Have you been having any success with recording? (and also transferring from PlayTV to XMB?)

As for the EIT...... is it just Freeview being stubborn or is it genuinely a "bandwidth" issue? Maybe we could make the PS3/PlayTV get the info from the soon to be released Tivo listings Wink.

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  # 266155 22-Oct-2009 17:03
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Does PlayTV have player client? And if so, can it be used to play content from other sources (like a DLNA server). If so then you could potentially use something like gbpvr or whatever to record content and get the epg and then use PlayTV to play it (and get over the AAC-HE LATM issue and all the power that a PC needs to have to play HD content)




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  # 266280 23-Oct-2009 07:30
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Any updates?




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  # 266309 23-Oct-2009 10:16
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NZtechfreak: Any updates?


It's looking pretty good! see here (post #139): http://www.freeviewshop.co.nz/forum/index.php/topic,422.135.html



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  # 266346 23-Oct-2009 12:33
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Wow, looks awesome, I thought it wasn't meant to be able to do HD on the current hardware but it seems all go!




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  # 266349 23-Oct-2009 12:55
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lchiu7: Does PlayTV have player client? And if so, can it be used to play content from other sources (like a DLNA server). If so then you could potentially use something like gbpvr or whatever to record content and get the epg and then use PlayTV to play it (and get over the AAC-HE LATM issue and all the power that a PC needs to have to play HD content)
NO, playtv is a standalone program.



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  # 266352 23-Oct-2009 12:59
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Looks all good, have done the update, haven't tested yet but will write more later.

I'm going to use PlayTV as a replacement for my analogue TV DVD/HDD recorder. I'm keeping my existing Sat STB for general use as it's up and running in 3 seconds sort of thing.

No full EPG, only one or two events ahead thanks to freeview. If it was all working the Sony PlayTV EPG allows for searching for any words you want etc, pretty cool functionality there.

You start the PS3, takes about 15 seconds, then takes about 25 seconds to launch PlayTV from there.



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  # 266354 23-Oct-2009 13:02
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NZtechfreak: Wow, looks awesome, I thought it wasn't meant to be able to do HD on the current hardware but it seems all go!
Don't know where that rumour started, I think it was used by sony to explain away the long wait maybe.  But no, there is only one type of hardware and now the software has been updated to work with it in this part of the world.

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  # 266440 23-Oct-2009 19:02
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Ok, so have had a chance to use it now. Quick review of some key bits is:

Records fine and now has fine pictures and audio on all channels.
You can enter a manual timer record too, so can use it like an old vcr in that respect, even if the EPG is not fully functional.

Please note, this is essentially a single tuner PVR for recording purposes. You can only record one thing at a time, but you will always be able to watch something else. It's twin tuner, but one is for record and one for watching.

The EPG only shows a few events ahead. This is due to freeview broadcasting the full EIT EPG data on the satellite freeview service only. They only show approx 3 events ahead via EIT on the land based/ Terrestrial HD survice. For me, the TVNZ channels only show 3 events ish and then a big no info after that. However, the other channels show the time devisions for the complete week ahead, just no data in them, so you can select Sunday at 7.30 on Prime and set up a record for this via the EPG. Hope that's clear.

You can't rearrange the channels. They're entered in the order they come off each mux. So all the TVNZ channels are together, and then all the others. So it goes TV1, TV2, TV6, TV7, C4, Maori etc on mine.

You can't select between two available audio soundtracks on TV3. It appears to default to the Dolby surround on TV3 so I don't have a problem with this. I've heard they've sorted the volume differences anyway, so no big problem there, we'll get 5.1 when available I suspect.

You can export a recorded program to the video section of the XMB in the PS3 main menu. Once it's gone to the videos section, you can't see it from within PlayTV anymore. There is an honest bug here in that only TV3 recordings have sound once you've sent them, so the others have pictures but no sound for me. Once there though I suspect you'd be able to copy them onto a disc. However, I think the PS3 won't copy off anything over 4gb, need to check this, but that would be most programs I suspect so this may be a big limitation anyway.

That's about it for now guys. In my opinion it's worth getting it from UK now. It does work here, you need to select other as your install region, but it works. If you have a PS3 already, it's kinda a simple way to add DVB-T record ability to your setup. The files are huge though, so you will need to upgrade your hard disk too. That's it for now.

Cheers,
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  # 266444 23-Oct-2009 19:16
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Anyone found a good place to buy a PAL version of the software/hardware which will ship to NZ for a reasonable price...??

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