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  # 302543 26-Feb-2010 18:09
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I'd wondered this myself. Is the PlayTV hardware region specific and if so which region does the PlayTV hardware on Mightyape come from? Or is it all the same and you just tell it what region you're in?

Just wondering because there is no NZ specific product yet to support the NZ specific EPG etc and so if you grab one off Mightyape or elsewhere wondering how in due course it will know to update to the NZ firmware when it is eventually released?




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  # 302550 26-Feb-2010 18:54
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It's worldwide hardware AFAIK. Updates come via the software and would likely be global too (at least EU and Oceania). I bought mine from the UK and the latest update introduced Australia compatibility, so I would assume the same would occur once NZ was included.

 
 
 
 




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  # 303237 1-Mar-2010 11:40
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There is only one type of hardware.  It's the same usb tuner box everywhere.
The software updates are global.

The updates are available for download only into the PS3, you can't download to usb stick and install that way.

The PlayTV package currently ships with a version of the update that is not available to download.  This has happened a bit, but this basically means the shipping update is not significant enough to worry about.  Any real update is definitely available to the public.

Looking at Wilt's online poll I'm feeling pretty confident my problems are real, and not signal related.  Essentially no one with a larger hard drive is having much joy with this.  I can either wait until hopefully they address this with a later update (could be PS3 firmware problem that PlayTV is showing up perhaps too), or buy a smaller hard drive, and maybe a faster 320Gb one for the same price as a slower 500Gb.  Frustrating, but good results from the poll in some ways too.

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# 307230 14-Mar-2010 23:03
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I just read all 18 pages of this thread and there's some great info in here. I've owned my PlayTV since December 09' and it has been excellent so far. I upgraded the HDD on my PS3 to a 160GB WD Scorpio Blue about 6-months before I bought PlayTV and haven't experienced any serious stuttering etc.

If there is one thing I could change however, it's that there could be an option to record a scheduled recording ONLY on weekdays. Currently if you set up a recording to repeat daily, it will also record on Saturday and Sunday, which can be a pain. Apart from that I've really enjoyed owning it so far. Looking forward to when it officially launches in New Zealand so that it can get the proper software support that it deserves.

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  # 307265 15-Mar-2010 08:43
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Turbocharged: I just read all 18 pages of this thread and there's some great info in here. I've owned my PlayTV since December 09' and it has been excellent so far. I upgraded the HDD on my PS3 to a 160GB WD Scorpio Blue about 6-months before I bought PlayTV and haven't experienced any serious stuttering etc.

If there is one thing I could change however, it's that there could be an option to record a scheduled recording ONLY on weekdays. Currently if you set up a recording to repeat daily, it will also record on Saturday and Sunday, which can be a pain. Apart from that I've really enjoyed owning it so far. Looking forward to when it officially launches in New Zealand so that it can get the proper software support that it deserves.

I've decided it's better to set up a repeat for each of the week days.  That way you don't get the weekends recorded and you get more repeats (25x each day rather than only 25x days).

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  # 307282 15-Mar-2010 09:05
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Good idea! Hadn't thought of doing it that way. That will work, until they bring out some sort of 'Series Link' button at least. Cheers Cool.

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  # 307291 15-Mar-2010 09:38
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Are you also recording Shortland Street? Because, um, I'm not either...

 
 
 
 


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  # 307297 15-Mar-2010 09:52
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Haha, nope. I was recording Jeremy Kyle for my Dad (not sure which is more embarrasing, LOL). But he bought a Magic TV PVR yesterday so I'll no longer have to do that thankfully (at 4.7GB per episode it eats through my HDD space). I record Family Guy quite a lot though since I'm not home in time to watch it most nights, so the tip you gave earlier will definitely come in handy.

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  # 307372 15-Mar-2010 12:58
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I just tried the Remote Play feature with PlayTV through my PSP and it worked extremely well. I connected via my wireless router so I was worried that there might be some stuttering etc but it was very smooth and clear, just like watching it on TV. Would be very handy if I was away on holiday somewhere, particularly if there was no TV.

Here's a photo (don't mind the black spots on the screen, that's just from the camera as I was using a polarising filter) -


https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blog7bf81903a046b6fdc0b63756c6c83130.jpg

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  # 307386 15-Mar-2010 13:30
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Turbocharged: I just tried the Remote Play feature with PlayTV through my PSP and it worked extremely well. I connected via my wireless router so I was worried that there might be some stuttering etc but it was very smooth and clear, just like watching it on TV. Would be very handy if I was away on holiday somewhere, particularly if there was no TV.

Here's a photo (don't mind the black spots on the screen, that's just from the camera as I was using a polarising filter) -


https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/blog7bf81903a046b6fdc0b63756c6c83130.jpg


This thread just became interesting.

First, I'm assuming that the PS3 is transcoding the recorded shows on the fly, given that there is no way the PSP could play 720p/1080i H.264.

Second, I'm now wondering if, with a bit of pcap, one could figure out how to 'pretend' to be a PSP over the network to use the PS3 as a recording backend / transcoder?


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  # 307392 15-Mar-2010 14:15
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Very true. I wouldn't have a clue how it all works but some of latest model Sony Ericsson mobile phones also have the Remote Play feature which could also be interesting in terms of PlayTV compatibility.

I just realised that I posted the small version of the photo in my previous link. Here's a link to the same photo, just slightly larger:

https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/7bf81903a046b6fdc0b63756c6c83130.jpg

EDIT: Just read on the net that it works well with the new Sony Ericsson Aino via Remote Play (although personally I wouldn't want to watch TV on such a small screen).
Here's a link:
http://www.cnet.com.au/sony-playtv-ps3-339299333.htm

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  # 307393 15-Mar-2010 14:16
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This feature is pretty much the only reason I'm looking at buying a PSP.



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  # 307414 15-Mar-2010 15:39
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Ha, quality TV in that there picture, seven potential dads....

Wilt has had the remote play up and running for a while too.  From memory you can schedule recordings on your base unit as well, and view recorded shows etc anywhere there is a network connection in the world.

The postage stamp screen problem is a good point on the phone though...



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  # 319218 16-Apr-2010 09:28
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Hi everyone found this on the Playstation blog, I don't think this has anything to do with the NZ release date but interesting anyway.......

Posted on 14 April by James Thorpe – PlayStation Network Product Manager

Major PlayTV Update Due Towards The End of 2010

 Countries: AE, AU, GB, IE, NZ

Hi, Just wanted to let you know that the guys at Cambridge studios are working really hard to develop some great new features for PlayTV. The next update for PlayTV is due later this year but testing of some of the new features has already begun.

I don’t want to give too much away and spoil the surprise but a little hint to one of the new features is that PlayTV will have links to the worlds most popular social network site, Facebook. Other great enhancements to PlayTV and brand new features will also be included in the update.

As soon as these exciting new features are ready for you I’ll give you all the details here on the blog.

Hope you are enjoying your PlayTV on your PS3. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to add them and I’ll be back on here on Monday to answer as many as I can.

I look forward to getting this update to you later in the year.

Source: http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2010/04/14/major-playtv-update-due-towards-the-end-of-2010/

 





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